The journey to reaching weight loss goals isn’t just a battle of the unwanted weight; it’s a battle of the mind. I always ask how much do you want to lose your baby weight, or extra pounds? How determined are you to finally, beat your unwanted weight blues? The amount of weight one wants to lose isn’t important.  What’s important is that you are making smart decisions to get to your goal.  You want to do it in a healthy way. Most of all, you want to prove to yourself that no matter what your past weight loss has shown you, you can conquer this time and for the last time!  Here are three things not to do, so that you can eat sensibly, exercise the right way and become your healthiest self.

Rule #1 – Don’t Crash Diet

Can a grapefruit diet really speed up your weight loss process? Can a chocolate and lemonade cleanse finally allow you to get back to the body you had at 16? Possibly, but at what cost? How long can you realistically keep it up with that? Whether you are tempted with the latest celebrity endorsed diet pill or an all-natural diet plan, remember this: weight loss isn’t just a destination point. It’s the journey!  The journey creates a whole new lifestyle for you.  Crash diet may  work for immediate results, but will often deprive your body of the necessary sodium, carbs, protein and fats. Work on eating the right amounts of good carbs, proteins and fats and control ‘dieting’, rather than a diet that is controlling you. Change your attitude along the way. Realize that your body will change over time, and you must change with it!

Rule #2 – Don’t Weigh Yourself Frequently

Weighing yourself during the first few weeks of your weight loss program can make you feel as if you’re not making progress at all. Majority of the time this is inaccurate.  So, when you’re not seeing results on a scale, more people are likely to give up on the great eating and exercise habits altogether. Many people ask so what’s the point of sweating at the gym or at home during a workout if you’re not losing weight? One fact about weight loss is this: your weight will fluctuate. Some days you will retain more water which will cause you to gain a pound; another day you’ll skip the processed crackers, which will cause you to drop a pound.  Stop focusing on the scale. Focus on how good it feels to fit differently in your jeans. That’s where your real weight loss success will start.  Save the scale weigh in for once a week or even once every two weeks.

Rule #2 – If You Can’t Afford a Celebrity Trainer, Expect Realistic Results

The weight loss contradiction is this: A-list celebrities (a curvy Kim Kardashian, a svelte Jennifer Aniston or buff Sylvester Stallone) set the standard for the ideal body, but without the average woman or man being able to afford what it takes to get there.  Take their bodies (and self-proclaimed diet plans) with a grain of salt. Sure, they may eat a strict diet of fruits, vegetables and proteins, combined with two hours at the gym five days a week, but ask yourself: “What can I realistically eat every day, and how much time can I actually devote to a consistent workout regime?” For most men and women out there, two hours at the gym isn’t possible, and the average person doesn’t have a nutritionist on staff, monitoring every meal. Be easy on yourself. Eat balanced meals, and devote a workout plan of three times a week, with at least 30 minutes each. That’s how you’ll fight the battle of the unwanted weight, even if it takes you a bit longer to get there than your favorite movie star.

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