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Are you trying to lose weight, but having a hard time seeing the scale move downward? Are you excited to go shopping for a new wardrobe, only to find that you still wear the same size you wore before dieting? If so, you are not alone. Most of us try dieting at some point in our lives, but not everyone succeeds in losing those unwanted pounds. One reason for this is what I call “diet deal-breakers.” These are things we do that we don’t even realize are ruining our chances for successful weight loss. Following, are some ways you may be sabotaging your weight loss without even realizing it.
Read the Labels
One big mistake many of us make is not reading the labels on the foods we buy. Food labels tell us many things about what we put into our bodies, but one important thing many people do not look at closely is serving size. Many food products contain more than one serving. For example, a can of soup usually contains two servings. However, it is easy to eat an entire can, thinking you are only eating the calories in one serving. So, be sure to look at calories per serving, and servings per container.
Eating Too Quickly
A big mistake people make is eating too fast. Even if you are watching your weight, it is important to eat slowly, putting your fork down between bites. Eating too fast doesn’t give the brain enough time to realize that you are full, and this can cause you to overeat. By slowing down, you will feel full, and not be tempted to eat more than you should.
Giving Up Your Favorite Treats
You can customize your diet by thinking that you have to give up all of your favorite foods. By giving up favorites, such as chocolate, or pizza, you risk giving in, and going on a binge. Instead, use your calorie counter and your common sense to build a special treat into your meal plan once in a while. You can save it for special times, such as Sunday after church, or date night with your spouse. However you do it, make it special, and don’t feel guilty.
Emotional Eating
Many of us use eating as a response to emotions. Whether we are sad, happy or angry, food can always make us feel better. This can be a real diet-breaker. If you are an emotional eater, make a list of things you can do to take your mind off of eating. This list could include: taking a walk, playing a game with your kids, or anything that will distract you from eating.
Don’t Say the Word “Diet”
Diets don’t work. It’s the truth. If you think you are dieting, you will probably only last a while before giving up. Instead, think of it as a healthy lifestyle change. Make it something you can live with forever, not a time of sacrificing everything you love to eat. That will set you up for failure.
You can get healthy and lose weight by doing the right things. Stay away from these diet-breakers, and try to just eat healthy. A diet is what we eat, not what we do to lose weight!

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