As with any kind of weight loss, using a structured diet as a jumping off point for your own personalized weight loss plan comes with its own unique set of pitfalls. Weight loss is tough and it’s easy to get caught up or distracted when you’re already so focused on your weight loss goals. Here’s some dangerous pitfalls you should watch out for when you’re considering structured diets for your weight loss plan.
1. Falling into a permanent mindset.
This is a tough one because, for the most part, structured diets are definitely designed to work. In fact, if you’re not seeing any results then it’s a fair bet that the diet that you’re working with probably isn’t the one for you. The problem comes from seeing results right away and even months down the road and sticking with your structured diet. You should never look at any kind of diet as a permanent one, the only real and successful ways to lose weight are permanent healthy lifestyle changes. Sticking with a structured diet can end up being a costly mistake that could hurt your progress and your wallet if you stay with it when you should be working on bettering your healthy lifestyle instead.
2. Jumping from diet to diet.
This is a common one with structured diets even if you’re not just using it to get started. A lot of diets tend to make promises they might not necessarily be able to keep just to make a quick buck. Check the fine print that flashes by really fast in those commercials, a lot of them say “results shown not typical” or a fancy way of saying they’ve hand-picked their TV commercial results to show the best possible scenario for using their diet. Jumping from diet to diet if it doesn’t immediately appear to be working can really add up especially for something that’s only meant to be temporary in the first place, if you’re not seeing results then think about why before mindlessly signing up for the next diet on the list.
3. Failing to consider all of the information when making a decision.
This goes hand in hand with point two, you need to look at every aspect of your options when choosing a structured diet and that includes your exercise and fitness plans as well. Your eventual goal is to find a way to have a healthy lifestyle that you don’t go back on just because you’ve reached your goals but to get to that goal you need to find something that works. That means looking at everything your diet choices have to offer before making a decision that can mean a great start or a slow crawl for your weight loss if it isn’t everything that you expected to be. Your goal with a structured diet is to be as informed as possible when you make your own changes and decisions to your diet, don’t pick something that makes a lot of choices for you and leaves you in the dark.
Managing and choosing structured diets can be a daunting task, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not a great way to get a handle on starting your weight loss. Make sure to consider all of this information when making your choice so you don’t fall into something that hinders your progress towards a healthier you!