What Not to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

Trying to lose weight can be extremely hard, especially for those who are trying for the first time. If you’re frustrated with your current routine, it may be because you’re setting unrealistic goals or simply because it’s not right for you. Sometimes, it’s easier to know what not to do instead of “what to do.” Follow the tips below to find out what you shouldn’t do when attempting to lose weight. 

1. Do not use diuretics. With proper diet and exercise, your body should adjust and your metabolism should increase naturally. Taking laxatives or supplements that promote deposits could dehydrate you and may be addicting. Instead of relying on diuretics, trust that your metabolism can do the trick. 

2. Do not eat on the go. Sure, if you’re crunched for time and need a pick-me-up snack, by all means, go ahead. However, taking time to sit down and enjoy a meal is a step in the right direction. Not only does this create a good habit, but it helps with mindset as well. Sitting down to have a full meal is satisfying to your body and mind. 

3. Do not restrict yourself. The more you tell yourself, “No, you can’t have that,” the more you’re going to want it. Implement good habits: Order dessert but share it with a friend or save half for later. If you’re craving chocolate, have a piece of dark chocolate. This will prevent binge eating and promote good habits. 

4. Do not exhaust yourself. First of all, sleeping is extremely important when trying to lose weight as it promotes the fat burning process and allows your body to rest and recover. Second, over-exhaustion often leads to frustration, lowers your inhibition and increases cravings. Try your best to get nine hours of sleep every night.  

5. Do not set unrealistic goals. No one should lose 10 pounds in a week. In fact, attempting to do this could be harmful in the long run. Yo-yo dieting can ruin your metabolic rate and prevent you from losing and keeping weight off in the future.

6. Do not push yourself too hard. While motivation is great, pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury. If you’re feeling tired or weak from an intense workout, take it easy. Make sure to take rest days; they’re essential in the muscle building process. If you haven’t exercised for an extended period of time, take it slow to decrease risk of injury. 

7. Do not do it alone. Talk to your friends, your chiropractor and your doctor. Not only will they offer support, but they can offer tips to help you as well. Everyone needs an outlet. If you’re uncomfortable talking to friends, keep a journal to mark your progress and your frustrations.

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