In this article I’m going to share with you the mistakes I made on my quest to lose weight before finding Beachbody. I hope by sharing my experiences with you I might be able to help people avoid the mistakes I made when I first started.
1. I started to skip breakfast
Most people trying to lose weight believe simply eating less and skipping meals helps shed that fat. And breakfast is a real easy meal to skip. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when on a weight loss diet. If you leave the house in the morning on an empty stomach you’re much more tempted to eat more at break and lunch times. Calories you eat at breakfast time are easily burnt throughout the day.
2. I would eat one day and not the next
I would literally eat about 3000+ calories one day, feel guilty, and end up eating about 700 calories the following day. If you starved yourself throughout the day you’re much more likely to eat more in the evenings, which is not going to help you lose weight. You should consume most of your calories in the morning.
3. I bought diet food
When I went shopping I always looked for the foods marked diet, low-fat, healthy etc. This is a good practice to get into, but I was buying these foods for the wrong reason. I bought these foods because in my mind it meant I could eat more. I would totally disregard portion size. If you eat diet foods in large portions you’re not doing yourself any favors.
4. I started eating salads as main meals
Eating salad is a good way of keeping your calorie intake down right? Yes, a meal of salad has much less calories that a pizza but does it have the satisfaction? When you eat your mind needs to get some satisfaction from what you have just eaten. I found that when I ate salads for meals a few hours later I was back in the cupboard looking for more food. I learned that I was better off eating a balanced meal with slightly more calories than simply eating a salad and snacking afterwards.
5. I set my goals to high
Setting long term goals is great, but these goals always seem too far off. You need to set smaller, more reachable goals that you can regularly meet to keep your motivation high. Set yourself weekly, monthly and three monthly goals. Once you meet one short term goal set a new one for next week.
So there you have it, those are the mistakes I made. I now look at weight loss from a totally different perspective and it has paid off. I now help others with weight loss and keeping healthy by being a Beachbody Coach.