• You bought the diet book.
  • You read it from cover to cover.
  • You threw out all of the bad foods
  • You went to the supermarket and loaded up on the good foods.

And for x weeks, you did everything Mr. or Mrs. Diet Guru told you to do. And it worked…until it stopped working.

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  • So, what went wrong?
  • And how do we get your weight loss back on track?

Let’s begin by taking a look at my top 10 ways to screw up your diet.

1.   Trust

  • Trust that a one size fits all diet is going to fit you
  • Trust that the calories burned estimates on the treadmill are accurate
  • Trust that those food labels are correct

By 2012, the weight loss industry is projected to swell to $2 trillion dollars.

That’s a lot of money.

Isn’t it possible, that in their quest for an even larger share of that low-fat pie, weight loss companies might be tempted to over-exaggerate their claims?

Trust me, they are.

  • Food manufacturers manipulate food labels. Choose real food over processed meals.
  • Based upon my own unofficial experiments, your cardio machine is overestimating your calories burned by about 50%. Adjust your workout.
  • For a diet book to be successful, it needs to guarantee success and be easy to understand. Impossible. You are an individual. The general public is made up of individuals. We wear different clothes. We drive different cars. We have different metabolisms, different dietary preferences, different families, different jobs, etc… Don’t expect a diet book written for the general public to fit seamlessly into your life. Like a piece of “off the rack” clothing, you will need to make some alterations for it to fit perfectly.

2.   Don’t keep a food log

There is a big difference between what you think you eat and what you actually shove down your pie-hole.

Keep a food log.

The action of putting pen to paper and recording your food intake has a powerful effect on your actions. Without the food log, it’s way too easy to forget those little diet cheats.

3.   Focus only on calories

1500 calories of junk food is not the same as 1500 calories of healthy food.

It’s not.

4.   Live and die by your bathroom scale

Weight loss is not linear. there are going to be ups and downs.

The level of fluid in your body is different from one day to the next.

Your weight is going to be different from one day to the next.

It might shift a  little and it might shift more than a little.

When it comes to the scale, ignore the day to day. Or at least don’t get freaked out by the little ups and downs.

5.   Turn a cheat meal into an All You Can Eat buffet

Some diets use a cheat meal / cheat day / cheat weekend as a tool to re-set your fat burning hormones. The idea is that by temporarily increasing calories or carbs, your body won’t shift into starvation mode and cause a decrease in metabolism and fat loss.

Personally, I think it’s a useful dieting strategy.

The problem is that dieters sometimes lose control and their cheat meal ends up becoming an excuse to pig out.

Treat the cheat meal with respect.

Next Page – 5 more ways to screw up your diet….

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