Sometimes when a person sets out to get healthy and lose a few pounds, they end up doing things that actually sabotage them in the end. Here are some common mistakes:
- Having a negative defeatist attitude. If you think there is no way you are going to
succeed, then you’ll be right! Don’t underestimate the power of your mind.
- Going on a diet that is not a manner of eating that you can adhere to for the rest of
your life. Be careful when deciding what nutritional plan you want to follow, as it should be a manner of eating that matches your tastes, budget and lifestyle. Remember: eating plan ‘A’ got you body ‘A’. If you start eating plan ‘B’ you’ll get body ‘B’, but if you go back to eating plan ‘A’, you’ll end up with body ‘A’ again.
- Weighing in too frequently, and letting the scale rule your mood and actions. Weigh
yourself at the beginning of the start of your new healthy lifestyle, and then wait at least
a month before you weigh yourself again. We take care of that for you at bootcamp!
- Not drinking enough water. Water is all that you need to drink, and you must drink at
least 8 glasses per day if you are inactive, and about 10-12 if you are active.
- Drinking sugar-laden drinks – including ‘fruit’ drinks. Sugar laden drinks, and fruit juices are loaded with calories and have no fibre. Eat fruit, and drink water.
- Consuming processed foods more often than fresh foods. Eating as close to natural is
the best way to ensure that your body is as healthy as possible.
- Not having a plan. “We never plan to fail, we fail to plan”. Get a plan and stick with it, but
make sure each step is realistic and change is gradual. Your journals really are a useful tool
for you to use!
- Not being aware of the nutritional benefits or detriments of what you consume. Lettuce is a great choice to eat, but spinach and other darker leaves have more nutritional benefit then the iceberg variety.
- Finishing every last bite of a meal, even after you are full. Don’t clean your plate – let
the dishwasher do it!
- Going back for seconds at meals. If you like it that much, have it as a leftover the next
- Skipping breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day!
- Starving all day. When you finally get around to eating, it is usually something unhealthy,
and it gets stored as energy later, rather than burned as energy now. You totally mess up
your metabolism if you do this.
- Binging after “falling off the wagon” and waiting until tomorrow to get back on track.
Admit now that you will stumble on your journey. Make it a goal to lengthen the time
between stumbles, and shorten the time to get back on track.
- Thinking of exercise as a chore instead of a way to improve your health and life. Tell
yourself that your healthy body ‘gets to’ exercise, not ‘has to’ exercise.
- Indulging excessively in alcohol. Alcohol is just added calories with no nutritional value.
Indulging once in a while won’t cause you to fail, but do remember that the calories will add up.