Sometimes losing weight can be easy – you notice your clothes feeling baggier and it spurs you on to keep doing whatever it is you’ve been doing. However, at other times we can get stuck in a weight loss rut and it can feel extremely difficult and overwhelming to lose that extra weight. If you’re a particularly busy person day to day, the rate at which you tend to lose weight will be affected and you may find it harder to stay on track. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to get a slimmer waist line - don’t say we didn’t warn you!  

Focusing on what you can’t eat

Instead of thinking all day about how you can’t have your favourite chocolate, crisps or ice cream, try to think about what you can enjoy instead – with absolutely no guilt afterwards! Turn a negative into a positive. Head to the supermarket and stock up on plenty of nutritious foods so you can snack on them instead. You may surprise yourself and end up enjoying those foods more anyway!

An all or nothing attitude to food

Don’t completely banish all the food you know and love. This can be terrible for your diet in the long run, as you will end up over-indulging on naughty foods instead of learning to enjoy them in moderation. Do you love bread? You shouldn’t have to live without it! Can’t live without pasta? Add loads of vegetables on the side! You don’t have to eliminate everything completely to enjoy food.  

Not having a solid plan

Setting yourself up for success when trying to lose weight is all in the planning. You should always ensure you plan your meals and workouts to see the results you so desperately want to see on the scales! Start with a few simple goals you want to achieve in the first week. Maybe you want to start drinking two litres of water per day instead of drinking fizzy drinks? It’s sometimes the smallest things that make the biggest difference when losing weight. After you’ve seen how well you can do – you can master every little step which will contribute to a complete lifestyle change.

Cutting out food groups

When you start a diet, it’s very common to try to cut out certain food groups like carbs or meat. Don’t do this as you can end up eating an unbalanced diet which is lacking in certain nutrients. If it’s not sustainable to do for the rest of your life, it probably isn’t going to be good for you in the long run either.

Not eating enough calories

If you’re obsessed with counting calories and wondering why you’re not seeing results, it’s because you’re depriving your body of certain nutrients throughout the day. Eat a little more, get extra nutrients in your body and see how well you do! What you eat is just as important as how much you eat – remember that!

Avoiding healthy fats

A lot of us stick to eating low-fat food alternatives when dieting or changing our way of eating. We should never avoid healthy fats though! You should have a healthy fat with every meal – things like nuts, seeds, avocados, oily fish, soy and dairy products are great.

Ditching fruits and veg with high sugar content

Compared to highly processed food and snacks, there is nothing to be worried about with foods high in natural sugars. The sugar content in them may be high but the amount of fiber counterbalances the effect on blood sugars.

Taking the weekends off from healthy eating

Make an extra effort not to completely blow your diet at the weekend – even if you’ve been good all week. You can still treat yourself, but by eating mindfully you will still be in control of your weight and won’t wreck your hard work during the week.