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10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters

Bad Habits That Are Preventing You from Losing Weight

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  • LINNYW50
    I have CHF and cannot loose weight because of edema. I have cut out salt and I eat healthy. What do I do to loose weight? I exercise 3 days a week for one hour. - 1/26/2015 6:33:20 PM
  • These are all very good... and sensible... but as far as the scale goes... tell me again... when you go into your doctor's office for your visit, you DO get on that scale and he or she DOES judge you by what it weighs you at. So yes, you are right.. don't be a slave to it.. but do keep an eye on it at least once a week... modify where you need to... up your exercise when you can. Sometimes it's the little changes you make that do the most good - 1/25/2015 5:36:49 PM
  • Funny, but I did and do almost all of the above and it is how I lost 85 pounds and kept it off for two years and am now going to lose more weight. I think people in general need individual approaches but um many of the things listed here are in fact what you DO need to do to lose weight. For me in fact , buying into all the "don't diet" and "watch restricting too much" etc etc were what kept me unsuccessful for many years... until I woke up.
    So I respect your opinion but for those of you wondering why you are not losing weight... sometimes to accomplish much you just have to really commit and do it. It is worth it... but it does take work and you do have to deny yourself some of your go to comforts...the end becomes the beginning. - 1/25/2015 2:23:03 PM
  • I disagree with the not cutting out bad foods immediately. No you can't just stop eating a whole "category" of food realistically (such as, "no more carbs") because you can't sustain that (and shouldn't) forever. However, if your problem is McDonalds breakfasts every day or 2 bags of chips and dip while watching TV, I believe you should absolutely stop that ASAP. It's like smoking. You have to stop. It's killing you. Now if your problem is too much pasta, cheese, or other whole food, THEN just cutting back and keeping it in your diet occasionally is good advice.
    Otherwise, you're treating the "bad" food like a treat, and that's the danger, IMHO.
    Cheers to us all losing weight!! - 1/13/2015 1:53:22 PM
  • SEATON54
    I need to weigh every day so I'll stay motivated. I try to make sure that I'm not retaining fluid , am on BP meds. - 10/30/2014 5:47:59 PM
  • YVETTE888
    I really disagree with idea of only getting on the scale once a week (or once every two). Weight fluctuates each day and if you are only weighing in once a week (or once every two weeks) and happen to do so on a bad day you will think nothing is working. I've found its much better to weigh myself every day - and know the 2 lb fluctuations are normal. This is especially true for weight maintenance. I can gain easily gain 5 lbs in a week if left unchecked - its so much easier to eat extra healthy for a couple of days when the scale is up one or two pounds - rather than not realizing it for a week and having the sad surprise of an extra five pounds. My background: I lost 36 pounds over 25 years ago and have kept it off with a program of continued healthy eating, excercise and calorie counting when I do gain weight - I just never allow it past an extra 5 pounds at the very most (except of course for the three times I had a baby ) - 9/24/2014 7:47:15 PM
  • I have to disagree with some of the readers/members. To some people just saying the word or phrase "I'm on a DIET" triggers many to do the exact opposite. Sometimes the word diet triggers a panic that leads to an eating frenzy. I know, I used to do it. It took a long time for me to understand there is no "diet" per say. For me it's getting healthy, leading a healthy life style, eating good food for me and exercising. Forget "diet" , it's forever...diet implies just until I'm at my desired weight. I guess it's a personal thing. Everyone feels differently. - 9/24/2014 7:32:46 PM
  • I thought the article had some great advice, but it bothers me that this writer, along with so many others, scoff at the idea of a "diet" as an effective way to lose weight. Definition of diet (noun): 1.The usual food and drink of a person or animal. 2.A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss. 3.Something used, enjoyed, or provided regularly.

    Dieting simply means deciding on an eating plan and following it. It certainly doesn't mean giving up your social activities or foods you love.
    - 9/24/2014 9:22:08 AM
  • Common sense really. - 9/18/2014 1:34:28 PM
  • Citing information from university studies is only useful if you include information regarding the entity(ies) that PAID for the study to be done.
    These things are rarely, if ever, objective. - 9/18/2014 11:18:29 AM
  • GRAND-DIVA
    HOW DO MENTALLY PREPARE YOURSELF TO BEGIN HEALTHY LIFE STYLE CHANGES. - 7/31/2014 3:59:43 PM
  • I admit, I struggle with the "healthy lifestyle" concept. I agree with it in principle, but I don't believe that if your goal is to lose weight, that a healthy lifestyle is going to slim you down. Don't get me wrong. I totally agree that people should eat right and get the nutrients they need, but at the end of the day, it's still calories in/calories out.

    If I need to lose weight, a healthy 2,000 calorie day isn't going to help me lose weight. It may improve my mood and nourish my body, but I am not going to lose. If my goal is to get to a healthy BMI, I am going to need to cut calories. The hard reality is that some of my favorite foods are calorie-dense, so if I cut calories I am going to need to eat those less often.

    Anytime you need to eat something less often, you are still restricting yourself from mindlessly eating whatever you want, whenever you want which is what people with a weight problem tend to do. It's a change in behavior, a new habit. Some people characterize the adaptation of these newer, more calorie restricted habits as a "diet."

    So, if I am required to limit my caloric intake to 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day to lose weight, a healthy lifestyle is not going to be enough to get me there. What it will do is give me the tools I need to build healthier habits, but to lose weight, I'm still going to need to make some tough food choices as well as exercise more often.

    Agreed, it gets easier with time, but that's because I'm building better food habits that support a restricted caloric intake--not just "eating healthy." - 7/28/2014 12:14:32 PM
  • The most important reason you are not losing weight could be a medical problem. In the situation described in this article, the first thing should be to see your doctor and find out if there is a medical reason for what is happening. After five years of not losing and changing doctors because none of them would listen to me, I've finally found a doctor who did listen. I'm now doing the same things I did before and with the help of the proper medication for my thyroid condition am losing weight--about 1 to 2 pounds a week. - 7/14/2014 1:50:38 PM
  • 80% diet, and 20% exercise, is really the way to lose weight. Too me, my diet, is just a healthy way of eating. I do resrict the processed foods, and sugar, as much as I can. I eat, lean meat, vegetables, fruit, berries, yogurt, salads...just stay away from unhealthy foods. - 6/6/2014 3:04:45 PM
  • NIECY211
    very interesting and informative topic - but I have to disagree with #1. the word DIET is not a bad word. I agree - The word itself does imply restrictions, limitations and there are alot of unhealthy fad diets that are just temporary fixes. However this is just ONE definition of a diet. Diet can also mean balance and creating a healthy way of eating. Sorry SP - but people who are trying to loose weight by creating a lasting healthy lifestyle are still considered being on a "DIET. a simplier and broader definition of this word would be " a particular selection of food". Following a diet could be associated with - knowledge of nutrition, eating certain foods in moderation, cooking and planning meals as well as learning about mantainence,stability and keeping cholesterol and BP levels down. If looking at it from this perspective, why is the word DIET always associated with something negative? - 11/14/2013 12:42:44 PM

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