Making plans to go on a diet isn’t enough to lose weight and
keep it off. It’s a very good start, but there are saboteurs lurking
around the corner just waiting to create an obstacle that you don’t
think you can overcome.
Let’s look at the top 5 diet dangers and how you can prevent them
from stopping your success:
#1: Friends and Family
They mean well, but they can be a big hurdle to your success. Sometimes
they just miss the old you; going on a diet can make us cranky. But
diets can also takes away from the enjoyment our families share over food.
After all, a lot of people bond over food. They might jokingly try to
sabotage your diet, but have a talk with them about it and let them know
how much you need their support.
#2: Poor Sleep
Lack of sleep in long stretches can be almost be like having too much alcohol.
Being tired all the time makes the world hazy and out-of-focus. It also causes
us to feel a lot more stressed. Getting enough rest will help us stay focused
on making the right decisions and sticking to diets.
#3: Lack of Exercise
Sometimes when we go on a diet, it makes us feel lethargic. But don’t avoid
exercise, because adding it to your daily routine can actually make you
feel more energetic, not to mention it provides endorphins to make you feel
happier and burns calories.
#4: No Planning
Diets require planning ahead of time. If you’re going to be out and you’re
on a diet plan that requires you to eat small meals throughout your day, then
make sure you pack a snack so that you don’t get off schedule. If something
does happen to prevent you from sticking to the diet plan, just get back on as
soon as possible. Don’t let it be your excuse to throw in the towel for an entire
#5: Extreme Diet Focus
People who give up their entire lives to their diet usually backslide.
You’re more than your diet plan. So when talking with your friends, don’t
just talk about what you ate, how much you lost, etc. You’ll eventually
lose focus and probably just quit. Make your diet a natural part of your
life like putting on your pants. You don’t obsess about putting on your
Plan ahead of time how you’re going to deal with these things so that when
they happen, you don’t let them get in your way and give you an excuse to
throw in the towel.
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