Dieting or delving into any kind of weight loss program comes with many preconceived notions of how it’s supposed to be done — whether it’s having overzealous nutritional goals, or all-or-nothing gym requirements for yourself, all of which can be a set up for failure. In addition to being honest with yourself and your capabilities, losing weight requires being in the right mindset, as well as having some level of physical dedication. If you find yourself falling into any of the following traps, realize that you may be sabotaging your weight loss goals. At the end of the day though, remember that the best way to lose weight is to eat a well balanced diet of real unprocessed food, get in any and all physical activity that you can, and make sure that you’re not eating more calories than you’re burning off. Here are four of the most common weight loss mistakes you’re probably making.
1. Going overboard with one particular type of food or ingredient (like protein)
Even the smartest and most savvy dieters are prone to making this mistake: Too much of any sort of healthy food is not a good thing. One of the biggest dieting pitfalls is not being aware of how much “healthy food” you’re consuming. For example, while avocados are considered a superfood, you could be losing the calorie war if you consume too much avocado — and it’s very easy to go avocado crazy because it’s so healthy and delicious. For example, that avocado toast you love in the morning could clock in at a whopping 150 to 200 calories if you’re eating just half of the avocado on a slice of whole wheat toast. If you choose to also add some avocado to your lunch, the calories will start to add up quickly.