Daily Weight Watchers No Nos

February 22, 2008 at 4:51 am Leave a comment

1. Having a negative defeatist attitude. If you think there is no way that you are going to succeed this time, lose the weight and keep it off, then you will be right! 2. Going on any diet that is NOT a manner of eating that you can adhere to for the rest of your life. Be careful when deciding what nutritional plan you want to follow, as it should be a manner of eating that matches your tastes, budget and lifestyle. And of course practical ones.

3. Believing that you will eat cabbage soup — or any other low-cal, monotonous fare everyday for the rest of your life. It isn’t realistic to think you will eat that way for the entire time it takes to lose all the weight. It certainly won’t teach you much about how to live healthfully for the long-term.

4. Weighing in too frequently, letting the scale rule your mood and actions. Pack the scale up, put a big red bow around it, and unwrap it after six months of consistent healthful living. It might actually show you something you want to see! That is exactly what I say to my boyfriend almost everyday.

5. Not drinking enough water. Water is all that you need to drink, and you MUST drink at least 64 ounces of it a day! Or 8 glasses the minimum.

6. Drinking sugar-laden drinks — including “fruit” drinks. Fruitopia is neither a fruit nor a Utopia! Try putting your favourite non-water beverage in your pet’s bowl, and see if they will drink it. And going out for tea or coffee too frequently do increase your calories intake! So, entertain only as and when necessary and pick your drinks or food wisely.

7. Consuming processed foods more often than fresh foods. Eating as close to natural is the best way to ensure that your body is as healthy as possible.

8. Not having a plan. “We never plan to fail, we fail to plan.” Get a plan and stick with it, but make sure each step is realistic and change is gradual!

9. Not being aware of the nutritional benefits or detriments of what you consume. Lettuce is a great choice to eat, but spinach and other darker leaves have more nutritional benefit than the iceberg variety.

10. Finishing every last bite of a meal, even after you are full. Mother was wrong! Don’t clean your plate, let the dishwasher do that! Especially if you are someone like me, hate to see wastage. Then pack the unfinished food and leave it to the dogs.

11. Going back for seconds at meals. If you like it that much, have it as a leftover the next day! Too much of even a good thing is no longer a good thing!12. Skipping breakfast. Mother was right on this one. It is the most important meal of the day!

13. Starving all day. When you finally get around to eating, it is usually something unhealthy, and it gets stored as energy later, rather than burned as energy now! You totally mess up your metabolism if you do this!14. Bingeing after “falling off the wagon,” and waiting until tomorrow to get back on track. Admit now that you will stumble on this journey. Make it your goal to lengthen the amount of time between stumbles, and shorten the time it takes to get back on track.

15. Thinking you are genetically destined to be fat. The only fat gene is the one left hanging in your closet after you lose your weight! You may be predisposed to a condition, but HOW you live determines how great its effect on your life will be!16. Treating “fat” as a personality trait. Fat is NOT a personality trait; it is a physical condition. Blond isn’t a trait, either; it is a hair color! Do not allow yourself to be branded by ANY physical attribute or determent!

17. Not living each day to the fullest… thinking that it will come when you are thinner. BE, DO and then you will HAVE! BE a healthier person, DO the things a healthier person DOES and soon, you will HAVE a healthier life!

18. Thinking pills, powders or potions are more powerful than they really are for achieving weight loss. If those things really worked, no one would be overweight!

19. Thinking of exercise as a chore instead of a way to improve your health and life. If today, you were in an accident, paralyzed and could never walk again, do you think you would long to be able to go for a walk? Exercise is a “GET TO”, not a “HAVE TO.” Push yourself; you will be amazed at how it feels!

20. Indulging excessively in alcohol. Bottom line: When you drink, you suck down excess calories, alter your mind and let down your guard.

21. Watching sports rather than participating in sports. Would it be more fun to watch the Super Bowl or be the MVP of the game? Sunday football is a tradition, but playing a game of it in your own front yard will provide memories that will last long after the season is over!

22. Watching too much television. New rule: NO TV viewing unless you have walked for 30 minutes! True. And I always reserve TV time after working out.

23. Thinking that “dieting” sprees — and not a total lifestyle change — will garner lasting weight loss results. If you aren’t changing your life, you aren’t making lasting changes!

24. Consuming fast foods on a regular basis. The fried, greasy and high-calorie fast food that dominates our society’s eating habits today is the leading cause of the obesity epidemic that we now face. Fast food should be taken sparingly or quantity be controlled.

25. Waiting for tomorrow to “get started,” rather than RIGHT NOW! Do it right now. There is always tomorrow and to me, tomorrow will never come.

Extracted from Article By Julia Havey
eDiets Contributor

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Entry filed under: Lifestyle Changes.

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