6 Weight Loss Obstacles to Avoid
Experts offer a road map to success to help you steer clear of dieting pitfalls.
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"Anticipate that detours will occur, tell yourself it's normal and
expected, and then get right back on your diet with the very next bite you
take," says Huberman.
5. Stop to Admire the Scenery
Does your motivation wane after just a few weeks of weight loss success?
Experts say that's another common pitfall.
The way around it: Constantly remind yourself how far you've come.
"Remind yourself of the things you can do now that you couldn't do
before, the clothes you can wear now that you couldn't wear before," says
When you compare where you are now, to where you were and how you felt even
10 pounds ago, the motivation will spring back, he says.
Pascal reminds us not to focus only on pounds lost.
"Your blood pressure is probably lower, your blood sugars may be under
better control, you have more energy, and probably get tired less and generally
can do more," says Pascal. "Remind yourself of these things on a
regular basis to keep motivation high."
6. Don't Set Your Sights on Oz
A tornado blew up and -- shazam! -- Dorothy was in Oz. But if your weight
loss expectations are too high -- especially if you're looking for instant
results -- experts say you'll get caught in a tailwind that can blow you far
"When we are too impatient about losing weight we go to extremes, either
cutting calories to an unrealistic level or working out too long and too hard
-- whatever it is, feelings of impatience set up an unrealistic weight loss
situation that is impossible to stick with," Pascal tells WebMD.
According to Sol Jacobs, MD, an endocrinologist and co-author of The
Nantucket Diet, impatience and unrealistic expectations are among the
key reasons diet plans fail.
"Weight loss will not be instantaneous, it will not always be easy, and
it will require some sacrifices along the way," Jacobs say. "Slow,
steady weight loss is the only clinically proven way to lose weight
So think of your journey as a slow but steady one.
"The tortoise always wins this race," Adler says. "The
slower you lose the weight, the better chance you will have of keeping the