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What Not to do When You are Trying to Lose Weight

By Edited Jun 20, 2014 12 17

Losing weight is a lot more straightforward than many would have you believe. Do not buy expensive slimming supplements, exercise DVDs or gym memberships in the belief that this alone will cause you to lose weight. There are so many products, diets and regimes on the market which exploit the desperation of those trying to lose weight by promising them a quick and easy ride. Losing weight is not easy but it can certainly be achieved without spending any money.

Do not begin a new exercise regimen expecting that it will be enough to trim your waistline. Exercise is extremely good for you and building muscle actually helps you to burn calories when you aren't even doing anything. An hour on the treadmill may make you feel like you have burnt many calories but if you then go and eat fast food, you may end up completely negating the loss of calories plus adding a few more. Always accompany exercise with strict monitoring of your diet if you honestly want to see results.

Do not ban all your favorite foods from your diet. You are not going to lose pounds by making yourself miserable and denying yourself all the foods you enjoy. Instead, start to read ingredients and become familiar with what beneficial nutrients you are consuming plus how much energy you are consuming (calories). There are many helpful resources online for calculating how many calories a person of your height and weight needs to consume to start losing weight. If you find you are not losing weight then you need to reassess what you are eating.

Do not eat till your stomach is uncomfortably full. This may take some time to  get used to. Try using a smaller plate and serve yourself a much smaller portion. You may surprise yourself when you are satisfied by that smaller portion. You will also feel less tired and sluggish after your meal.

Do not expect a "detox" or a "grapefruit diet" or any other clever no-effort fad to give you long-term results. You may starve yourself for days and lose a few pounds but I can guarantee that unless you alter what you eat day-to-day and start to exercise regularly, you will just put the weight back on.

Stay positive and believe in the power you have to change your body by yourself. Try to view your self and your body in a positive way. Do not feel defeated if things don't go to plan. Any day can be a fresh new start, it is never too late to change your life. Just remember to put in the effort, if you are expending more energy than you are eating you will lose weight. Only very few people have an actual medical reason for not losing weight, usually it is misinformation which prevents people from reaching their goals.

This page is the second in my series of "what NOT to do" articles.



Jun 28, 2011 7:27am
I like your "What Not to do" series. You are right on target with this article on trying to lose weight. I use the smaller plate idea to help me control portion sizes. Congratulations on having a Featured Article.
Jun 28, 2011 8:36pm
Thank you southerngirl09

It is so frustrating that so many people are led astray by those trying to exploit their desperation to lose weight.
Jun 28, 2011 10:12pm
Oh diet fads. You can never go wrong with simply eating less and working out more. I'm glad you put that last point in there, it's totally true!
Jun 29, 2011 5:33am
Excellent article and very true to the point. Great job.
Jun 29, 2011 10:18am
thank you
Jun 29, 2011 2:18pm
Excellent points. Many who are at the correct weight (but not the right mass to body fat ratio) could benefit from this advise, too.
Jun 29, 2011 8:41pm
nice work here 2kids, thank you for the info.
Jun 29, 2011 8:54pm
Not banning all the food we love is a tip. Eating a little instead of a lot of the food we need to ban gets us over the craving.
Drink water before a meal. This might sound simple but it does work. I eat less when I drink water five minutes before a meal.
Good tips.
Jun 29, 2011 9:23pm
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm pretty good at following my own advice although I do occasionally succumb to the temptation to phone my husband to get me some chocolate on his way home from work. But according to my article that's OK, as long as it's occasional.
Jun 30, 2011 7:28pm
Congratz on the feature - good points about dieting!
Jul 5, 2011 8:34pm
Great tips. One "Don't Do" that really helped me was "Don't Eat Late". No late night snacks. You aren't going to burn those calories, you are going to store them if you eat and go to bed. Increase water intake. Water is a magical drink with no calories. And take an evening walk before going to bed to kick that metabolism up. These few little tips worked wonders for me.
Jul 5, 2011 9:41pm
These are great tips GMoore, advice that must make you feel great as well as lose weight.
Thank you
Jul 8, 2011 4:34pm
Very good tip not to ban foods you enjoy. I put this right up there with don't do exercises you hate as something you won't be able to stick with. Good points here. Thanks.
Jul 13, 2011 12:21am
Way to keep it simple. Great article.
Jul 13, 2011 10:42pm
Thanks so much
Dec 16, 2011 2:16am
It is always good to know what not to do when you are trying to lose weight.
Mar 15, 2013 3:19pm
Nice Article - I like the "what not to do" take! Thanks for writing
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