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5 Things You NEVER Want to Do If Your Weight Has Plateaued

Have you stopped losing weight and can’t figure out why?

Maybe because you “know you’re doing all the right things,” you might have some habits that aren’t as healthy as you might think.

And, don’t worry, if you do, you’re not alone – all of these things are fairly common among those who are attempting to become healthier and achieve a slimmer waistline, but haven’t managed to get on the right track…yet.

Check this list and make an effort to tweak your diet by eliminating these things that don’t work, and you’ll be on the path to a healthier, fitter you in no time.

1. Eating fat-free foods

Lots of people are still under the impression that fat is the bad guy.

Likely, it’s coming from the leftover 90s advice that was filled with low-fat this and fat-free that, giving dieters the impression that no fat at all was really the way to go.

The reality is, we need healthy fats. They keep us full and feeling satisfied.

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Without it, we end up craving more and overeating later. Plus, when fat is removed from certain foods like dairy, it prevents the absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins like A and D as well as calcium.

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2. Setting unrealistic goals

If you want to lose weight quickly, in time for a wedding or to wear a bathing suit, for example, having an upcoming event can be highly motivating, and make you filled with excitement at the thought of being able to show off a new you.

But if you set an unrealistic goal for weight loss and experience a lack of progress, there’s a good chance you’ll give up before you succeed.

If you do manage to lose those pounds and it’s done too quickly, all your efforts are likely to backfire as soon as you go back to your normal eating habits. You’ll regain the lost weight, and then some, creating a vicious cycle.

Instead, set smaller goals that you can reach over a more reasonable period of time.

As you reach each goal, you’ll get a boost of confidence that helps you stay motivated, and you’ll have much better odds at keeping the weight off too.

3. Underestimating how much you really eat

Are you keeping track of everything you eat, even those tiny bites off your partner’s plate, or those little sample tastes you take when making meals?

All of those nibbles count, and after a while, they can really add up. To keep a more accurate count of your food intake, consider keeping a food journal or even using a smartphone app (find one that counts nutrients, not calories) that can help you track every bite you take.

You can take it a step further by purchasing an inexpensive food scale to ensure each entry is accurate.

4. Banning your favorite foods

Just about everyone has a favorite junk food, or some other item that they can’t stop eating once they start.

While you might think that banning your favorite snack from your diet completely is the way to go, by doing this you’re actually making it more appealing. Restricting foods make them become more attractive, and even impossible to resist.

Instead, allow yourself a treat in moderation.

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Rather than buying an entire package of cookies, for example, buy one. And then, truly savor each and every bite, including its aroma, flavor and texture, so that you’re totally satisfied.

5. Overeating “healthy” foods

Remember that just because a food is “healthy,” that doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want.

Studies have shown that people are more likely to overeat foods they perceive to be healthy.

Many packaged foods that are marketed as healthy or “natural” often aren’t – so be sure to read labels carefully and keep track of your nutrient intake.

These are 5 of the most common reasons weight loss gets stalled so eliminate these and you'll be back on track.

Yours in Health,

Danette

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