Dieting Pitfalls to Avoid

Written: May 31, 2011 By: In: Diet

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With diet having (by far) the greatest effect on any weight loss goal, knowing and avoiding obstacles and pitfalls is essential.

Richard Fran provided us a good start to knowing those obstacles in his short article highlighting a couple of the more common dieting pitfalls that effect many.  That article is highlighted below.


For most people, losing weight can seem like an endless struggle. It seems that to achieve a weight loss goal and to get a slim body, we have to over come many common mistakes and pitfalls. One of the most common “how to lose weight” questions that dieters ask is how to go about overcoming the dieting obstacles that people deal with on a regular basis. Let’s examine some of the most common diet pitfalls and how such pitfalls can be successfully avoided.

Diet Pitfall Number 1: There are many dieters that actually do successfully implement diet plans and lose a considerable amount of weight only to end up gaining all the weight back again (That’s me!). The reason that so many successful dieters end up gaining the weight back is because they do not prepare themselves to make lifelong weight loss changes. The minute a dieter has lost all the weight that he or she wants to lose and gets the slim body they have hoped for, they go back to the same eating habits. Therefore, in order to avoid this common dieting pitfall, dieters need to prepare themselves to make lifelong changes in the way they eat and exercise. Just because one has successfully lost weight it doesn’t mean that he or she can give up on workouts and monitoring calories. It will be necessary for the dieter to continue on the diet plan, and to workout on a regular basis to maintain permanent fat loss.

Diet Pitfall Number 2: Overzealous dieters tend to believe that if they deprive themselves significantly of food, that they will lose fat faster. In fact, self-deprivation is a self-defeating practice. When a dieter practices self-deprivation and starvation he or she makes it far more difficult to stay with diet plans. Diet tips suggesting that one should fast for a certain period or cut out an entire category of foods are

offering bad advice to the dieter. Not only is it necessary to get the right daily allowances of foods each day, one should get plenty of vitamins too. It is better to limit your diet to low fat, low calorie, and low carb foods, than it is to starve yourself. Self-deprivation also wreaks havoc on your metabolic rate. When a dieter goes on an ultra-low calorie diet he or she may be slowing down the speed of his or her metabolism by as much as half! When a dieter doesn’t consume enough calories, he or she may also become tired, chronically fatigued, and depressed. Inadequate food consumption is not healthy and can cause problems with your immune system functioning too.

Diet Pitfall Number 3: Dieters implementing diet plans need to refrain from daily weigh-ins. The scale will not clearly or adequately reflect your weight loss progress when checked daily. The body will sometimes store up water, a person may be losing weight and the scale will not indicate it, and daily weigh-ins only serve to frustrate you, the dieter. It is recommended that dieters check their weights once every few days or once per week for best results.

Richard Fan is a practicing emergency/trauma physician assistant in a busy Southern California ER, and an medical officer on the national disaster response team, DMAT CA-1. Please visit Smart Life Store where you’ll get unbiased opinions and reviews about the latest in Tasers and Nannycams units.

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