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Avoid the 6 most common dieting traps

You’ve started your journey and have made some changes to your eating and physical activity habits. Now it’s important to avoid the traps that can undo all your great work.

Here are some of the common ones, and how you can overcome them:

  1. Impatience – Expecting quick results and not getting them can be frustrating. Make sure you set realistic goals. For example, if your goal is weight loss, it has probably taken many years to gain weight, so even if it takes a number of months to lose it, you’ll be enjoying the new fitter, healthier you from day one.
  2. Relying on willpower – Willpower alone won't help you manage your portions or those irresistible food traps. Build healthy habits and a leaner environment over time to help your natural resolve.
  3. Testing yourself – Throwing yourself into challenging food situations too soon in your program can put a hole in your confidence. For example, it may be better to avoid cooking that chocolate cake for the kids if you think you might go looking for extra slices after they go to bed.
  4. Trying to be perfect – Striving for the perfect diet or exercise routine can have the opposite effect if you find achieving it is more challenging than you expected. Remember, ‘life happens’ and flexibility is the key to maintaining a healthy diet and activity pattern.
  5. Taking a break – Letting life get in the way of your routine for too long a period, thinking you’ll get back into it is just the type of thinking to avoid. As little as two weeks can throw you.
  6. Stop dieting - ha! I got you there. Remember, you don't need to be on a diet. You're building healthy, sustainable habits.

With food, physical activity and weight management, changing the way you think is just as important as changing what you do!

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