No matter how fit we are, sometimes toning up those last few wobbly bits is like watching Wayne Ferreira play tennis - frustrating! During the course of the next 7 weeks we share the most common mistakes.
Come on, we've all been so frustrated with that stubborn weight around our belly or our buttocks that we've decided it's now exercise-resistant! Perhaps your strategy might be letting you down. You might be making the following mistakes.
Too many people believe that a punishing diet is the only way to excommunicate those surplus kilograms. The problem is that a weight-loss programme is only good if you're getting the right balance of nutrients. And denying your body food is not only bad for weight-loss, its bad for your health.
Mistake # 1
You try to follow an extremely restrictive diet plan
If your eating plan doesn't fit you and your food preferences, your diet is always going to begin tomorrow. "People sabotage their weight-control efforts when they deprive themselves," says dietician Anne Fletcher, author of Thin for Life and Eating Thin for Life. "They deny themselves and obsess about it. It's better to give in occasionally and indulge within reason. In fact, you should plan for it."
Use Stopgap Measures
Create a system for limiting the amount of fun foods you eat at a time - buying one chocolate instead of a bag of sweets or buying the smallest container of ice cream, as opposed to an industrial drum.
If you decide to eat a slice or two of pizza, give up something else high in fat you were going to eat that day.
Don't even Start
Although it makes sense to allow yourself treats occasionally, more than half of the best weight-losers avoid the foods they know will trigger an orgy of overeating.
Sticking to your Exercise Programme
Chill Don't Grill
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