You’re eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, but the scale still remains stationary. You wonder what you’ve done wrong. Relax, you haven’t done anything wrong. However, there are a thousand things that are sabotaging your weight loss effort. You could always check in to a weight loss camp for adults and not have to worry about it. If you choose to do it at home, though, remember these six saboteurs, and you’ll make it.
1. Timing is critical. When dieters need to run errands, pick up the kids or make an appointment, have one of the essential six small meals in a day before leaving. The fast food signs, billboards, radio ads and other enticements won’t make them slow down.
2. If dieters are tempted to stop, drink water or tea. Chances are good that if dieters think they’re hungry, they just need hydrating. A glass of water before a meal also helps dieters not overeat.
3. Orchestrating the environment for dieters means not buying processed foods, but putting fresh fruit out in plain sight. Bowls of potatoes and onions, a plate of homemade bread and jars of honey and homemade fruit preserves keep dieters in the right frame of mind. Adult fat camps use these tactics to keep clients craving good things instead of processed foods.
4. Don’t mistake “diet foods” or “low-fat foods” for good foods. They are full of sugars, fats and other bad things that pack on pounds. Dieters should make their own crackers and peanut butter, trail mix and granola bars. It tastes better and is better for them.
5. Mistaking how much calories are consumed and how much are burned off. Keep a diary, either a book or online, of what is consumed and what burned off. The more accurate the record, the easier it will be for dieters not to be sabotaged by this little mistake.
6. Family and friends can sabotage a diet. They don’t mean to, but the foods they eat, the time they eat it and the amount they eat can wreck a dieter’s day. It’s not necessary to eat alone, but do what adult weight loss fat camps do. Eat what your friends and family eat on a smaller plate, and make that your cheat day. Know where to draw the line and don’t eat any more.
Sabotage is unthinking, sometimes, so pay attention. Don’t let seemingly innocent things sabotage your weight loss effort.