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Behaviors You Need to Stop for Weight Loss

By Donna Stark

Have you ever gone to a friend or family member looking for advice on a health issue or lifestyle change and ended up leaving the discussion with a bunch of “you shoulds?” “You should do this “ and “you should do that” is all well and good, but if you don’t know what you also need to stop doing, then is the advice truly helpful? It’s time to start having clear discussions that include both the “you shoulds” and the “stop doings.”

Stumbling Blocks to Weight Loss

Sometimes the stumbling blocks that get in the way of your weight loss success are the off-the-radar behaviors that you may not even realize are causing a problem. Here are a few examples of these behaviors that you need to stop doing. See if you can identify with any of them.

  • Choosing the wrong diet - Choosing a diet simply because it worked for your coworker or because it’s the hottest trend at the moment is a perfect set-up for failure. Learn to understand what your body needs and speak to a doctor or nutritionist for professional advice. Just because a diet is perfect for someone else doesn’t mean it will be perfect for you.
  • Not finding time - It’s funny how, when my daughter injured her knee and had to go to physical therapy three times a week, I immediately rearranged my schedule and found the time to take her. Yet when I want to exercise, I suddenly can’t find the time. One of the most common excuses to not exercise is that you don't have enough time, but if you want to lose weight, you have to find a way to make time for physical activity.
  • Underestimating how much you really eat - Sure, you are keeping track of the main components of each meal and the beverages you consume, but are you really keeping track of every bite you take? Are you counting your snacks, the leftover food from your toddler’s plate, the bites you sneak in while preparing dinner? These little bits add up, and they can add up to a lot if you’re not careful.
  • Overestimating your exercise - This one resonates with me. I often say I worked out for two hours, but I never say that out of those two hours, I drove for a total of 30 minutes to get there and back, I spent 15 minutes in the locker room, and then probably another few minutes talking to friends. That’s nearly an hour of not working out. Obviously, your workout time is only the time that you actually spend exercising.

No matter what behaviors are contributing to your stumbling blocks, the first step to improved health and overall well-being is recognizing what you are doing, and then fixing it.

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