Entering a healthier chapter of your life means taking a step back to understand the behaviors and actions that can lead to becoming overweight. All too often we can sabotage our own success by falling prey to basic weight loss pitfalls. Here are a few of the most common weight loss mistakes to avoid when on your weight loss journey to becoming a happier and healthier you.
1. Plan Your Meals
It’s no secret that we’re all busy. The average person now has more to do and less time to do it in than ever before. In between running errands on lunch breaks and the beautiful chaos of life, finding time to make sound eating decisions can fall to the wayside. Defeat food disappointment by taking one night a week to plan out your meals. By laying out your food options well in advance, staying on plan is as simple as grabbing that delicious lunch you made last night and heading out the door.
Helpful Tip: Place your SlimGenics® Integrated Food List on your fridge to help plan your next big grocery trip.
2. Openly Seek Support and Encouragement
You are not an island. Individuals are more likely to stick to new habits when they have the support of loved ones. While traditional media would have us believe that there is negative feedback about lifestyle changes, the opposite is actually true. Your friends and family will be proud of your dedication and hard work. Wouldn’t you be? So let them in on your journey and go for a relaxing mid-evening walk together. Losing weight does not mean you have to stay at home for all of your meals either. With the SlimGenics Program, when you do go out to dinner with your loved ones or to a special event, you will have all the tools you need to be able to stay on plan.
3. Be Mindful of Your Protein Intake
Protein is one of the most important aspects of losing weight. It aids in feelings of satiety and more importantly, helps to regulate your blood sugar levels to avoid uncomfortable insulin spikes and crashes. The temptation to cut back on protein to save calories is a huge pitfall of other programs. Avoid the self-sabotage and eat the program recommended amount of protein each day to feel satisfied and help with your weight loss success. SlimGenics ThermoSnacks® are packed with the best source of vegetable-based protein to ensure balanced nutrient intake and maximum weight loss.
Helpful Tip: Investing in a food scale is the perfect way to accurately measure your protein intake until you get used to eyeballing it. With so many cute options, it will make your kitchen all the more fun.
4. Exercise Is Not A Punishment
People often think that doing 30 minutes on the elliptical will forgive a night of sweet indulgences. While exercise is a necessary part of life, a healthy lifestyle is not solely earned in the gym. Not only will you likely hurt yourself by violently burning 800 calories at once to make up for that chocolate volcano cake, but overexertion can stress the body into holding onto weight as a safety mechanism. Exercise should be an enjoyable and vitalizing activity. Save yourself the punishment in the gym and next time you get the sweet tooth, opt for some delectable in-season fruit or one of our delicious Thermo-Snacks.
5. Keep Track of What You Are Eating
Maintaining a food journal is vital for successful weight loss. Recent studies suggest that regularly writing down everything we consume in a food journal can help us lose double the weight! However, not all journaling is created equal. Some people like to map out their meals ahead of time and just cross them off their journal as the week progresses. Others like to write each meal as it is consumed, either before or after they’ve eaten. Some people prefer to use apps instead of hand writing their meals. We recommend that you record your meals on a paper journal as you eat them. This makes you take the time to really think about what you are eating. It is also great repeating success. Say you have a great week and lose 4 pounds but another week you gain .25 pounds. You can go back and see where you went right and where you went wrong.
Helpful Tip: SlimGenics has an easy-to-download food journal in our community page that you can use to stay on track.
6. Beware of the “Diet” Food Lie
All too often the word “diet” is synonymous with processed foods that are low calorie and low everything else. Deprivation may cut the calories but if we’ve learned anything, it is that true weight loss is achieved by eating healthy, nutritionally dense foods. Our bodies need all the vitamins and minerals real food provides. So don’t buy into the bull and invest in the beautiful healthy foods that Mother Nature provides. With SlimGenics, you eat real, everyday foods that you prepare yourself from ingredients that sound real and not like made up hype words. Healthy does not have to be complicated.
7. Change Up Your Boring Routine
Human beings, by nature, desire challenge and engagement. Once we get used to our daily routine, the ease of it all can give way to boredom and as we know, we do not stick to the things that bore us. Remember Skip-Its? Exactly. Make it easier to keep your mind and body engaged in your lifestyle by trying something new. Did you see a new recipe on our Pinterest? Give it a try tonight! Pick a new genre of music when you work out to change your perspective. Breaking the routine is one of the best things you can do to stay on track and continue to love living that healthy life.
Helpful Tip: Be on the watch for your next Neighborhood Activity Guide in the mail. Cities and local communities provide many events near you that are either low-cost or entirely FREE.
Making mistakes is a part of life. Avoid the weight loss mishaps and join SlimGenics today. You will be given all of the tools you need to successfully lose the weight and maintain long-term results. Visit your Local Center or give us a call at 855-843-1200 to take the first step to becoming a healthier and happier you!