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Copying someone else’s diet

Copying someone else’s diet
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight – no matter what the celebrity on your social media feed might claim. “It is definitely hard to shut out all that white noise coming from social media, but understand that no one diet works for everyone,” Zeitlin says. Instead, make a list of goals and follow a lifestyle that helps you achieve them, and don’t be afraid to seek out a registered dietitian for extra guidance if you need it.

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Using exercise as an excuse to eat

Using exercise as an excuse to eat
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Think you earned a cookie after your 30-minute run? Not so fast. Research shows that this seemingly harmless habit could sabotage your weight-loss goals. In one study, people estimated that they had burned nearly four times more kilojoules than they actually had – and then they consumed more kilojoules than usual as a “reward” for exercising. Luckily, there are plenty of diet-friendly ways to motivate yourself to hit the gym, such as buying new workout gear or finding an exercise buddy.

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Focusing on the number on the scale

Focusing on the number on the scale
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Progress isn’t always about shedding kilos. Instead of getting wrapped up in the number on the scale, Walters recommends focusing on how dieting and exercising make you feel. “Do you feel more confident? Stronger? Proud of yourself and your body?” she says. “Focusing on those wins can help you to not only improve the relationship with your body, but also develop a deeper motivation for being active.”

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Drinking your kilojoules

Drinking your kilojoules
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Dieters, beware! Those smoothies aren’t as effective at whittling your middle as you might think. Not only do they contain high amounts of sugar, but they can also leave you feeling less full. As a result, you’ll be reaching for more food in a matter of minutes, Zeitlin says. Pro tip: Lower the smoothie’s sugar content by ditching added sweeteners, and limit your intake to a small snack rather than a full meal.

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Having an “all or nothing” mindset

Having an “all or nothing” mindset
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Don’t let one small slip-up derail your entire weight-loss plan. A plate full of fruits and veggies is ideal, but you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you eat a bag of chips sometimes. After all, long-term weight loss is all about leading a balanced, sustainable lifestyle. “It’s not all or nothing,” Bazilian says. “It’s a continuum where you make efforts to focus on quality every instance you can.”

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Source: RD.com

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