Learning from the mistakes that others have made make for an extraordinary way to avoid making the same mistakes yourself. If the blueprint was easy, everyone would be able to succeed, but let’s face it. Losing weight is not as simple as some people make it out to be. Sure, we all understand the concepts, or at least we think we do. Calories in versus calories out. Expend more calories than you consume and the weight will fall off. At the end of the day, it can actually be that simple, but there are a myriad of conditions that make it more difficult that simply following those instructions.
Let’s talk about three mistakes that you can avoid in order to not ruin your weight loss goals.
Quitting Too Soon
Quitting too soon is a problem that people face during many aspects of their life. In terms of weight lifting and fitness in general, people have a tendency to give up too soon. In some cases, people give up just before they are about to turn the corner.
Your ideal state of physical fitness is a place where you may never get to. I know that, every time I feel like I have reached a goal, I have set new goals, which are greater than the ones that I previously had. This is a marathon – not a sprint. If the point of getting fit was to reach a finish line and stop, we would have to start the race back over again. This is a lifestyle change.
Fail to Plan
Fail to plan and plan to fail is something that I say quite often as well as fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Either way, it makes sense, but in this case, you need to create a plan for every aspect of life. Define your goals and list out the steps that you need to take to get there. This plan will be your stepping stones to getting to your destination. If you veer off course, you know exactly where to get back on course.
Get Some Sleep
This mistake is more straight forward and to the point. While the other two weight loss mistakes are very generic, this is scientific evidence behind the notion that people eat more when they are sleep deprived. Read about sleep deprivation and its effects on weight loss in the journal Sleep from Oxford Academic. Time talked about why sleep deprivation may lead to overeating five years ago as well.
There is no denying that sleep deprivation has as adverse reaction to people in many ways from general bad moods to changes in our behavior, so it should come as no shock to people to see that lack of sleep leads to bad dieting behaviors. We even talked about sleep in many posts telling of how important sleep is in order to grow muscle and in our top ten bodybuilding mistakes.
At the end of the day, these three mistakes can help you stay on course, or can have you fail miserably in your weight loss goals. Become one with your weight loss plan and stick to it. If you fall off, get right back on.