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10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters

Bad Habits That Are Preventing You from Losing Weight

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  • ACORNS1022
    Oooh, I enjoy being told to eat rather than deprive myself to a healthier me! Seriously, every time someone says, you can't eat that, all I want to do is eat that! So what if I let myself eat 'that' and eat healthier in general? That works! It really is all about balance. Now if I could just adopt that philosophy for good, I'd be good. - 4/25/2015 4:01:34 PM
  • DANDYLINES
    Good basic information, except for me. I am not losing weight by exercising and staying within calorie recommendation. I am creating more muscle and losing fat - so that is good. I have gone done one whole size, another good thing, but I still need to lose at least 30, preferably 40 pounds. So now I have to rethink and cut down more on bread/pasta or eliminate them for a while. Everyone is different so your remarks are good for the general population, but not for some of us. - 4/25/2015 3:24:53 PM
  • To me, I enjoy reading all the comments. Take what you want out of it and leave the rest on the table. If I am having a craving I can read these and help keep myself positive and keep moving ahead. Thank you to all - 4/25/2015 9:09:13 AM
  • Me personally...I read these articles for motivation, reminders and maybe something I don't already know. I know that I need to eat healthy and exercise...both together. Sometimes I have my bad days (esp wkends) but I get right back to it. I believe that only you know what works for you and that may be all or some of these suggestions. I enjoy some really bad foods that I have every once and while but not every week like I have done in the past. You have to do what makes you happy or at the least manageable or you will give up. :o) - 4/16/2015 12:41:35 AM
  • MOBYMOBY
    DIET. FACE IT. FACE THE WORD. And stop trying to put a pretty bow around it. You can make it a better experience with help of SparkPeople, but not facing that you are on a DIET is a mistake - for people like me. I finally lost 40 pounds using SparkPeople tools, but the first step was admitting that I needed to DIET (Read Eat less and better) - 4/13/2015 10:10:02 AM
  • Yvette888 voiced my opinion exactly
    "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"

    Otherwise, a very good article. - 4/13/2015 5:59:19 AM
  • 2BFITN23838
    This sentence saved me from going into a deep depression today: "You can lose inches, get fitter, gain lean muscle mass, drop body fat, become better hydrated, look better and feel more energized without the pounds budging at all." I've been feeling frustrated because I have been eating the right nutrients according to SparkPeople and exercising, but the pounds are not coming off. I actually gained a pound since last week! So I'll try to focus on signs other than the scale for benefits to my overall health. - 4/12/2015 9:18:38 AM
  • Good comments. Personally if I think if I have to cut anything out completely then all I can think about is eating that one thing. I think my eating plan is working is because I know I can have whatever I like as long as it fits in the calorie range I have set for myself. - 4/12/2015 8:48:32 AM
  • interesting - lots of discussion about # 3 - "Don't give up specific foods".

    I guess it depends on two things:

    - how good are you at taking just one serving and no more than that (I'm terrible at it myself)

    - how harmful is it? Are we talking potato chips, a specific fast food meal (one of those that add up to half your calory budget for the day) or a large coke with wodka? I have a much beloved "meal" consisting of chicken wings fresh from the oven, french fries with mayo & ketchup and maybe some (sccops of) ice cream. Let's just say that's down to once a year, if that. - 4/6/2015 10:37:59 PM
  • I disagree completely with #3. There are certain things that you can and should give up altogether--soda, for example. It doesn't mean it's the end of the world if you have it, but if possible, you should work to cutting it out completely. - 3/13/2015 11:33:01 AM
  • Good advice for the most part, although I disagree with some of the points, especially #1, the word "diet" just means a habitual way of eating and to lose weight, I personally DO need to eat less than I burn. There is little difference, to me, in using the word "diet" and the word "lifestyle" as far as food goes. I eat a healthy diet as part of a healthy lifestyle. - 3/9/2015 2:49:43 PM
  • 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

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