A common mistake many people make when attempting to lose weight is trying to do too much at once. We’re not saying you are guilty of this, but it is a mistake many people make. In a hurry to shed those extra pounds, you may be surprised at the drastic measures adults take in an attempt to become lean!
Weight loss is often initiated by the realization the individual has had enough with being overweight. In some cases, Type 2 diabetes or poor cardiovascular health may be the primary incentive to begin losing weight. It takes humility to admit change is necessary despite the struggles that may be involved.
The problem, however, is inspired by an epiphany of some kind; many adults will try to attempt to do too much at once. They will…
- start to avoid eating breakfast,
- eat healthier meals,
- limit their alcohol intake,
- start to drink extra water,
- commence exercising in the evenings, and
- perhaps take up a new sport;
all at the same time. While these are all active steps to take, it can be overwhelming to introduce a slew of lifestyle changes simultaneously. It is better to implement changes and new habits slowly, but surely. This way it is easier to ensure there will be lasting or permanent additions to your lifestyle.
Since the focus of this short discussion is weight loss, the first step you need to take if you are trying to lose weight is not necessarily to start exercising. Or is it to start eating a bunch of different fruits and vegetables in lieu of your usual carbohydrate choices either. While these are sound adjustments, there is one thing you should focus on primarily before you worry about the finer details. First and foremost, you must stop gaining weight before you set out to lose weight – and avoid doing both at the same time.
When you begin to lose weight, you are effectively eliminating the chances you will gain weight. But you may be risking your chances at long-term weight loss success if you attempt to change too much of your lifestyle at once. An easier transition is to ease into a lifestyle change to help you lose weight. Instead of cutting down your calorie intake at first, make sure you are not overeating…
- eliminate your late night snacking, and
- get rid of the eating behaviors that have caused your weight gain over the years.
And slowly begin to add exercise into your lifestyle plan if you’re currently sedentary. There’s no need to rush into it.
You will be sure to succeed with your weight loss goals if you remember to address what made you gain weight in the beginning. Only then will you have a strong foundation to guarantee weight loss success.