Are you struggling with weight loss? Do you feel like you’re doing everything right, but the number on the scale is barely budging? As it turns out, there are some common mistakes that many people make when trying to get in better shape. These mistakes may seem trivial, but just one of them can completely derail your weight loss journey. If you find that your current weight loss plan just isn’t working, it could be that you’re making one of these common mistakes:
1. Focusing Solely On Exercise
Sure, you’re practically at the gym 24/7, but you still aren’t seeing any weight loss results. That’s because it takes so much more than exercise to create true weight loss. Things like diet, hydration, and sleep are all important factors when it comes to losing weight. In fact, following a healthy diet is even more important than working out. You can have the most intense exercise regimen known to man, but if you’re not actively improving your diet, you won’t see significant weight loss. To have the best results, you need to continue working out, while following a healthy diet, drinking enough water, and getting adequate sleep. It may seem like a lot to juggle at once, but it will lead to optimal weight loss.
2. Not Weighing Yourself Daily
One of the best tips for losing weight is to keep a journal that follows your weight loss trends. The most important thing to keep track of is obviously the number on the scale. In the past, fitness experts recommended weighing yourself weekly but that tune has changed. It was initially believed that daily weigh-ins could discourage people, being that your daily weight is likely to fluctuate and not always reflect a downward slope. With that in mind, there is now more and more evidence to show that weighing yourself daily is more beneficial than a weekly weigh-in. This is because it helps the dieter keep track of the fluctuations in their weight and connect them to other trends. Did you weigh more on days where you ate poorly? Did you weigh more on days where you did not hydrate? The only way to truly notice these patterns is by keeping daily track of everything, including your weight.
3. Having Unrealistic Expectations
A huge mistake that most people make when trying to lose weight is having unrealistic expectations. For example, expecting to lose 10 pounds in a one week is unrealistic. Having expectations like this will only set you up for failure, as you will get discouraged when you don’t meet them. A more realistic goal is to lose 1 to 5 pounds per week. (Individuals who weigh more will lose more each week, closer to 5 pounds. Individuals with less weight to lose will likely only lose around 1 to 2 pounds per week.) If you set reasonable and achievable goals, you’re more likely to actually reach your ideal weight in a timely manner.
4. Not Staying Consistent
Consistency is key when it comes to losing weight. Yo-yo dieting and sporadic exercising isn’t going to get you to your goal weight. Now, we’re not saying that you need to eat the same exact thing every single day or do the same workout routine forever. What we are saying is to stay on track as much as you can. This means keeping up with healthy eating and a regular workout regimen. Going from the keto diet one week to the Atkins diet the next isn’t likely to get you anywhere significant. If you choose a diet plan, stay on it for at least 3 weeks to see if it is yielding any results before you switch to something new. It’s okay to change up your workout routine, in fact it’s actually beneficial for your muscles to switch things up. The mistake is taking a long break from your workout routine, like going two weeks with no exercise and then picking back up again. This will definitely derail your weight loss. Keep your consistency and you’ll see a major difference on the scale.