6 Weight Loss Obstacles to Avoid
Experts offer a road map to success to help you steer clear of dieting pitfalls.
You've mustered your resolve, and this time you're sure: You're going to
stay on your diet no matter what!
But a few weeks or a few months later, you find yourself weakening. A nibble
here, a nosh there, and before you know it, your healthy eating plan is
If this has happened to you, there's no need to beat yourself up. In fact,
says psychologist and weight loss expert Warren Huberman, PhD, it's more common
than not for dieters to derail.
"Every diet and every dieter is different, but yes, there are some
specific pitfalls that befall almost every dieter at some point in their weight
loss experience," says Huberman, a psychologist at the New York University
Surgical Weight Loss Center in New York.
The good news: If you know where the pitfalls are, you can steer clear of
them -- or at least be prepared so they don't throw you too far off course.
Huberman and several other weight loss experts helped WebMD map out your route
to dieting success -- and red-flag those pitfalls along the way.
Your Road Map to Dieting Success
1. Anticipate a Long Trip
Packing for a weekend excursion is a whole lot different than packing for a
two-year journey. And the same philosophy holds true for dieting, experts
"You can't address a long-term problem like obesity with a short-term
solution, and if you try you're almost guaranteed to fail," says
Find an eating plan you can live with long-term, and Huberman says you've
automatically eliminated one of a dieter's major pitfalls.
Adds Huberman: "If your weight loss plan makes room for some of the
foods you like, if it allows for occasional 'cheating,' if it's a plan you can
live with for the long haul, then you are a lot more likely to stay with it,
and a lot less likely to get lost along the way."
2. Pack a Lunch
Remember when your family took summer road trips, and Mom packed a box lunch
so you wouldn't have to buy food along the way? Well, experts say, the same
idea works on your weight loss journey. Planning your meals ahead of time helps
you avoid another dieting pitfall: spontaneous eating, says nutritionist Loren
"No matter how great your diet plan is, sticking with it will be a lot
easier if you sit down at least once a week and consciously plan your meals for
the next seven days, complete with shopping lists," says Pascal, nutrition
coordinator at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
And the more your weight loss eating plan differs from what you've been used
to eating, the more important it becomes to plan your meals, Pascal says.
Washington, nutrition expert Jessica Adler, RD agrees, and suggests you cook
healthy meals ahead of time as often as possible.