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6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid

Small Changes for Big Results

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  • C53074
    Good article. We always want instant results. Good points to stay on track.
  • Thanks for the reminders!
  • THE ARTICLE WAS VERY GOOD. WEIGHT LOSS IS EASIER TO KEEP OFF WHEN YOU LOSE SLOWLY IT IS JUST HARD TO KEEP ENCOURAHED.
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Thank you for some timely reminders.
  • Slow and steady really is best. And when you need to lose a lot so is breaking it down into mangeable goals and then maintaining each goal for awhile. I need to lose 10 - gained after very hard year dealing with meds and medical issues. Goal # 1 is to lose that 10 and maintain for a month, maybe 2 - then I'll hit the 10 I always wanted to lose. When I do that then I'll maintain for 2-3 months before moving to the 10 I feel I should lose to enable others to help me more easily when I need it - and yes, move to maintain it and the other 20 for as long as I am able.
  • CARA_MELLE
    This broadly encompassing article really grounded some of my more constructive thinking regarding weight loss. Based on the "steady, easy-does-it" wise philosophy recommended here, I think I'll concentrate on consistency and weigh myself just once a month (which has been a successful technique for me in the past). I've also gone through destructive bouts of "scale-hopping," i.e., jumping on the scale once a day and "living 'n' dying by the scale" - always a rotten idea for me, as my weight can vary up to 5-6 pounds within a day. Thank you!
  • I thought this was a good article, and motivating as well. I have a comment regarding daily weighing. I recently read an article that said research shows that people who weigh themselves daily tend to lose more weight. I've read comments on both sides of that issue. Personally, when I weigh daily, I am more conscious of my decision to lose weight.
  • This blog was very helpful. Even I am trying to loose weight from long back but reading this blog I got to know where I use to commit mistake. Keep posting such helpful blogs.
  • Good article, timely reminders of things I should know but helps to see reinforced.

    My 2 cents is that I do much better mentally if I weigh-in daily. I can deal with daily fluctuations (I understand trend lines!) and can often rationalize day-to-day why my weight is the same or went up. Weekly weigh-ins carry too much "weight" (pun alert) and with less data, the trends can be more difficult to see.
  • Right on the money!!! Yesterday I did a blog centered around why I'm losing only a few ounces when I had been on an average 1.5lb a week. I had not been reaching my calorie range set by my dietician of 1550. Instead I had slipped back into the range of 1,00,,,perhaps less to 1200. I'm of course correcting this. I started off at 248 beginning of Jan,,,, I started at 288,,, goal is 198 end of the year. Just need to stay focused.

    Yes there WILL be those times of eating more ,,,,remember SPARKS is NOT a diet,,, those DEPRIVE us,,, it's a LIFESTYLE change,,, celebrating!!!
  • I love this article! Great reminders for losing and maintaining.
  • DIETSUGGESTIONS
    @dietsuggestions gives some more about what to avoid and what to eat.
    Over-Exercising
    Nourishment Labels
    Reducing Calories Too Low
    Coming to be Obsessed With Your Weight and the Scale
    Changing Up Your Routine Too Often
    Over-Restricting Your Food Choices
    Obsessing Over Calories as well as Macronutrient Ratios
    Only Focusing on External Appearance
  • I found this article had a lot of good reminders for me. I have gotten extremely frustrated with my weight loss! The first 40 lbs came off pretty quickly and easily for me while I was doing the HCG diet which some people may or may not be familiar with. Basically I would call it a "near starvation diet" and it was miserable. It was effective at making me lose weight quickly, but when I went off that diet I gained 10lbs back within less than a month. Due to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, after gaining the initial 10 back, I have maintained where I am at but any time I try to lose any more weight it comes off EXTREMELY slow! So slow that I often feel like giving up! I have only lost 2 lbs in the last 3 weeks which I assume is just water weight since I am no longer eating overly processed foods. So, now I am resorting to calorie counting which I absolutely hate but hopefully this will get those last 30-35 lbs off!
  • This was a good article except for one glaring problem. I was so disappointed to see "starvation mode" invoked. This concept continues to be misunderstood and incorrectly applied, as happened in this article. I try to avoid nit-picking others' writing, but the whole "starvation mode" thing continues to be thrown around in discussions about weight loss, and leads to a lot of misunderstanding and poor decisions.

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