5 simple weight loss mistakes everyone makes

I think we all can agree that trying to lose weight sucks. It’s hard, it takes forever, sometimes you can go weeks without losing anything, and it’s just annoying in general. Over the years I’ve lost 85 pounds (still working towards my goal weight!) and I tend to see the same mistakes made over and over from people starting their journey. Whether it’s friends or people online, here are my top 5.

NOTE: If you are planning on losing weight, please consult your doctor. They’ll be able to give you the best advice about how to do it. Thank you!

  • You want to go from 0-100 in the blink of an eye. I hear all the time about how tomorrow things are going to change. You’re going to get up at 6am, workout for 2 hours, only eat a small amount of calories, cut out all sugar, and only eat healthy. Heck, even I’ve done that. But here’s the thing, you wouldn’t decide that tomorrow you’re going to run a marathon without any training. Why would you do the same with weight loss? While I totally applaud the willingness to change, it’s okay to take things slow. Try starting off with simple diet changes – substituting in fruits and veggies where you might otherwise eat junk food. Then once that’s going well, start incorporating in gym time. You want to set yourself up to win and this will give you the best chance to do that.
  • There’s no quick fix. I know, I wish there was some magic pill that you could take that would make the weight fall off. It’s so easy (and fun) to get caught up in all hype that surrounds diet pills and magic wraps, but I think we both know that those aren’t long term solutions. While they may help you lose water weight, all of the weight is going to return as soon as you stop using them.
  • Losing weight isn’t looked at as a lifestyle change. The problem with diets is that not only are they impossible for a lot of people to keep up with, but they don’t teach you the skills needed once you stop them. Sure, it’s easy to do low carb for a little bit. But are you honestly never going to eat bread or pasta ever again? Probably not. Instead of denying yourself food that you enjoy, work it into your daily calories. I still eat everything I once ate, I just eat less of it and more of the healthy stuff. I mean, I could never give up tacos or chocolate. That’s crazy talk.
  • If you fall off the train, you tell yourself you’ll start again tomorrow. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve grabbed some sort of work provided snack and then realized later exactly how many calories were in it. It’s discouraging. But it’s important that I don’t let that ruin my day. Your mind wants to say, “well today is a wash, might as well eat whatever I want and start up again tomorrow”. You have to say no. In the grand scheme of things, that one donut won’t ruin your week. But eating whatever you want and not tracking for the day will. If you fall off the train, you need to get right back on again.
  • There isn’t enough emphasis put on your diet. Real talk here – losing weight is basically all about the food that you eat. Calories in versus calories out. If you aren’t keeping track of how much you’re eating every day, you’re going to have a hard time losing weight. That’s not to say that exercise isn’t important. It’s pretty awesome and has a ton of other amazing benefits so you should incorporate it into your daily routine. But if you can’t exercise or you don’t have time, keep your calorie count on point. Soon you’ll start looking and feeling great!

Weight loss can be discouraging and it’s a lot easier to give up than push through. But I promise that if you stick with it, you’ll see the results you want.

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22 thoughts on “5 simple weight loss mistakes everyone makes

  1. Haha, “I could never give you tacos or chocolate. That’s crazy talk!” I hear ya!! These are great reminders to get yourself in a healthy mindset about loosing weight. We are trying to move out of our house, but once we are out and not crazed, we are planning to refocus our eating habits and just try to get a bit healthier! But you best bet, I’m still gunna eat my tacos!

  2. Love this post SO much!! “Well today is a wash, might as well eat whatever I want and start again tomorrow” Seriously embarrassed at how many times that statement has come out of my mouth!! Haha With a baby on the way I’m really paying more attention to what I’m putting in my mouth, but of course still having indulgences now and then!

    1. Oh yes, I could never live without indulging every now and then! I would go crazy without little treats. And congrats on the baby!!

    1. Same! I love finding new and healthy recipes to try! Usually I’ll just make a big pot of something on Sunday and then I’m set with leftovers for the rest of the week 🙂

  3. I agree with the emphasis on the diet (what you eat) part of it. I’ve heard a saying before that comes to mind…”You can’t out run a bad diet” While exercise is important, it doesn’t trump the calories you consume. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I totally agree! It seems like I’ll lose some and then I’ll be stuck at gaining/losing the same 5 pounds for weeks and then suddenly, I’ll lose again! It’s crazy!!

  4. Love your #5. So many of my Health Coaching clients have used the mindset of, “I’ll just burn these calories off at the gym tomorrow” (and I have had that mindset also). It is the wrong thinking since workouts do not burn as many calories as we think they do! What we eat is so so important!

    1. I completely agree! I know that people always talk about not eating back the calories from exercising because all too often people completely misjudge how many they actually burned. And machines always seem way way off.

  5. I’m actually the complete opposite. I would love to GAIN weight! It’s always been a constant struggle for me to maintain a healthy weight, but I can actually apply this post to weight gain also.

    1. You sure can! In some ways, people who need to gain weight have it harder than people who want to lose weight because not only do you have to eat more than you’re used to but you also have to make sure what you’re eating is still relatively good for you.

    1. It’s so so so tough! It gets super frustrating when I see my SO eat whatever he wants, whenever he wants and not gain a pound and I’m over here thinking that if I even look at a bag of chips weird I’m up! Gotta keep at it though!

  6. Great tips! I really think the lifestyle change is important and I’m glad you pointed it out. So many times we think of dieting (a temporary thing). We can just make it easy by doing a lifestyle change. Loved reading this!

  7. I totally agree with your comments above. It is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix/diet/counted times a year. I write a blog focusing on the mind set involved with fitness. That is where it all starts. If your not willing to change your mindset on how you approach food it will be an eternal struggle. Ive added my link below, if you are interested.

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