The Most Common Dieting Mistakes

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When it comes to dieting there are many mistakes that are made on a near daily basis. While there are many real profound mistakes that go along with the territory, there is a few that seemed to have far more profound and lasting implications than others. Hopefully by learning about these mistakes you can learn to avoid them in your own weight loss pursuits.

 Perhaps the single largest mistake that dieters make is adopting an all or nothing attitude. These are the dieters that scour the pantry and the refrigerator removing anything that could be seen as a potential source of temptation. They embark on a dietary regimen that is nearly impossible to maintain and believe that all is lost the moment they stray from the strict guidelines of their diet.

 While this may work for some in the short term, it sets them up for failure, frustration, and ill will towards the entire dieting process. The important thing when it comes to dieting is the goal. Your goal is to shed pounds. There are many ways in which this can be done that do not require starving yourself or punishing yourself in the process.

 Another great mistake when it comes to dieting is selecting a diet plan where you eat the same thing every day. Despite our human need for structure and routine we tend to enjoy changing our lunch routine on occasion. Select a diet or new nutrition plan that allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods rather than one that limits you to the same meal or meal selection day in and day out.

 Other common mistakes include depriving yourself of everything you enjoy. One thing that we often forget is the importance of moderation. Fill up on servings of fruits and vegetables but allow yourself to enjoy the occasional indulgence for the sake of sanity. If you never allow yourself to enjoy a taste of chocolate, why on earth would you want to live forever? Seriously, do not forget to enjoy food for the sake of dieting. There is nothing wrong or sinful about enjoying food. The problem lies when you enjoy only the wrong sorts of foods.

 You should also avoid the mistake of not setting goals. While you do not want to set goals that are impossible to achieve you should also avoid the opposite end of the spectrum, which involves having no goals at all. Those who set aggressive goals that are achievable will see the greatest degree of success. Making those goals public and asking for support is another thing that will help you achieve greater success. This is one reason the Weight Watchers program has enjoyed the phenomenal success is has.

 The final mistake when it comes to dieting that is made all too often is giving up. We all have setbacks along the way. Even those who have achieved monumental dieting success have met with failure on the road. The end result however, for those who stick with the plan is a healthier body and that is something that is worth fighting for. Your goals may get side tracked but you can set new goals. You may have had a bad day or even a bad week when it comes to your dietary goals and plans. Do not let this defeat your desires to become a healthier you.

 Learn to overcome those mistakes and move on from them. Let your failures teach you as much as your successes and you should be well on your way to the healthier person that you know is hiding inside. Whether you want to get rid of 10 pounds or 210 pounds the only way to achieve that goal and make it last is by dedicating yourself to the process of becoming a healthier person. A healthy person has healthy eating habits and doesn’t starve him or herself. Nor does a healthy person binge on things that aren’t healthy. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you should be well on your to the success you seek.

How to lose belly fat

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Its every guy’s nightmare, you step out the shower one Saturday morning and look in the mirror, and there it is, the jelly belly. It’s at that point you realize, you don’t play ball in the yard any more, now the kids just want to go to the mall, and play a different type of game with the girls, rather than play ball with dad. You start to think about those late nights with the lads drinking the cold beers, and those unnecessary stops for burgers and fries on the way home, and now you’re paying the price, with belly fat. There is one comforting fact if you can call it that, you are not alone, because at present around 40% of the population in the US, suffer from belly fat. Luckily we are living in what many are calling the information age, and therefore we don’t need to look far, to get the help we need in dietary matters, and most things regarding our general good health.

The Results Are In

Now don’t be one of those guys who say’s “wow how did this happen” because nobody goes to bed on a Friday, with a fit athletic body, then wakes on Saturday morning with a jelly belly. We all know this is not something that happens overnight, but it can creep up on us slowly. When we have young families you are always chasing around, playing with the kids, and burning off all those calories, but slowly things change and the chasing becomes walking, or worse, on the couch watching a ball game, often with a cold beer, and now you’re just adding calories. Since all the fast food chains have sprung up, we seem to have social eating. How many times have you met up with friends at a fast food joint, and had a burger and fries, with a coke or shake, when you’ve not even been hungry, and don’t say never because we all have at some time. Also with today’s busy schedules, it’s so much easier to eat on the go, than to be at home and prepare a proper healthy meal. So there we have it; bad diet + lack of exercise = belly fat, but saying that there are some people with thyroid, and other medical conditions which effect the metabolism and cause weight gain.

How we lose it

The bad news here is, exercise alone will not get rid of your belly fat, or abdominal obesity as it is sometimes called, but you need to do something about it as it poses a real health hazard. Exercises that strengthen your abdominal muscles will make you feel better and make you look trimmer, but you need to do more. The key is a balanced healthy diet, with regular exercise, and to start with that could be up to an hour per day, to start breaking that fat down. It doesn’t need to be anything extreme, brisk walking; swimming and cycling are all good, or you could do a mix of all three. Now it’s not all bad news, here is a bit of very good news, when you start dieting and exercising, the first thing to start to go is belly fat, and that works the same with most people.

Crunch That Belly

If you really want to lose that belly you have got to work those abdominal muscles. Again it doesn’t need to be anything extreme, if you were to do twenty-five sit-up’s as soon as you get up in the morning, and again last thing at night, which would be a great start. You can also develop strong abdominal muscle by, sucking in your stomach, fully exhaling while trying to suck in even harder, and holding for ten seconds. This works just as well if you are standing or on the floor on your hands and knees. There is a pelvic exercise which works well on abdominal muscles; Lie on your back with your knees bent. Tighten your abdominal muscles and bend your pelvis up slightly. Hold for five to 10 seconds. Repeat ten times. Once you start to see the results it’s easy to motivate yourself to continue and really get back in shape. If you want some diet tips take a look here;

Healthy Dieting Tips.

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When it comes to dieting you will find all kinds of crazy and faddish diets on the market today. In addition to the many diets there seems to be every kind of diet aid you can imagine. From shakes the diet industry has evolved to include everything from candy bars and pudding to pills and patches. Each item makes the claim that it can help you drop those unwanted pounds quickly and easily. Well I can tell you for a fact there is very little easy for most of us about dropping a few pounds.

If you would like a few tips that should make your weight loss goals a little easier to achieve then perhaps the following tips will help you out.

 Drink Plenty of Water

There really isn’t enough that can be said about the importance of drinking water in an effort to reach your fitness goals. Water hydrates the body first and foremost but water is also an important way of tricking your body into believing it is full. Other drinks do not work nearly as well as water in this endeavour and many drinks, even fruit juices, contain empty calories that you can ill afford when dieting.

Another great thing about drinking a lot of water while dieting, is that it helps your skin retain its elasticity so you can avoid some of the ‘loose skin’ look that often accompanies massive weight loss. As an added bonus drinking plenty of water will have your skin looking radiant and beautiful as well.

 Set Goals

Having goals is one of the most important things you can do when working to lose weight. Try to make sure that your goals are aggressive but can be achieved. If you are frustrated early in the dieting process by unrealistic goals you are much more likely to give up. However, challenges are always going to inspire us to achieve greater things in life. If you can find a ‘weight loss partner’ in order to have a little friendly competition for the weight loss totals for a week or a month then you are going to be far more likely to accomplish your goals than if you keep them quietly to yourself.

 Eat More

Did you read that twice? Yes, eat more healthy foods that are high in fibre. Eat more vegetables and fruits, fill up on these foods that are good for you and you will not be inclined to binge on calorie laden junk food.


While this seems a little too simply stated for most, getting up and moving is one of, if not the absolute best way to burn calories. The simple truth is that you are not going to lose weight unless you use more calories than you consume. The more activities you enjoy that burn calories, the more likely you are to shed those unwanted pounds and meet your weight loss goals.

Some great activities that actually burn calories include the following: gardening, golf, dancing, playing volleyball, walking, jumping rope, playing hop scotch with your little ones, and playing tennis. I mention these activities because you can trick yourself into believing that you aren’t really exercising while burning calories. Even cleaning house requires movement and energy and if you dance around a little to some good music in the process you might burn a few extra calories.

Dieting, when successful can help restore self image and self-esteem in people who are otherwise beautiful people inside and out. The steps above are not the only things that are involved in the dieting process but they can help you reach your weight loss goals particularly when combined with a diet plan that you feel confident you can follow. Be sure that on those days when will power is non-existent that you do not derail your diet efforts all together by giving up. The most important thing you can do when dieting is to go back to dieting once you’ve strayed.