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Avoid These 3 Diet Mistakes and Eat Healthy!

Aug 12, 2008
Would you like to learn to eat healthy but you're just not sure where to begin? Does past experience and failure sometimes overwhelm you? Start again with the understanding that this time it will be different. This time you'll achieve your goal by avoiding these three common weight loss mistakes.

The first diet mistake on your quest to eat healthy is to focus on the big picture. Never, ever, think in terms of, "I have to lose 40 pounds!" That is just too overwhelming and will set you up for failure. Don't tell yourself that you have to diet forever to reach your goal. Instead, focus on each day by itself. Wake up and think, "Today I'll eat healthy." So avoid the "big picture" mistake and focus on one day at a time. You"ll be surprised at how fast your individual days of success add up!

The second common diet mistake is mandating a time limit. You'll want to eat healthy for the rest of your life! While taking weight off, you'll eat less calories of course, but to maintain that weight loss, you'll still need to eat healthy. Telling yourself that you must lose 40 pounds in four months is setting yourself up for failure. Does that mean that you won't be happy if you lost 25 pounds in four months? Take away those time restraints, concentrate on making each day a success, and let your body lose the weight on its own healthy timeline.

The third common diet mistake when trying to eat healthy is to make too many changes at once. If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, chances are that you have developed some eating habits that aren't going to be easy to break. Trying to change everything at once is going to leave you feeling deprived, which will sabotage your weight loss efforts. Make small changes in your quest to eat healthy. Change a few things initially and add a few more changes each time you feel stronger and more in control. Small changes add up to big rewards!

Avoid these three common diet mistakes and you'll be surprised at how quickly you reach your goal to eat healthy! Tackle your problem one day at a time, let your body set its own timeline for success, and make small changes to get big results.
About the Author
Gail M. Davis teaches teens and adults alike how to eat nutritious and successfully lose weight. You'll find nutritious recipes, and helpful information on how to read and understand food pyramid recommendations and nutrition fact labels, along with practical weight loss tips and more throughout her site.
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