Many popular weight loss strategies practically guarantee you will fail to lose weight in the long run.
The problem is, we often don’t have the faintest idea about the real reason we fail. We blame lack of self-discipline, sugar addiction or even genes for our lack of success. But often a look at our daily eating habits would be enough to tell the real reason whe fail.
It goes without saying that I’ve tried these weight loss strategies myself more than once. It has taken me thirty years of haphazard attempts at weight management to learn these two simple truths.
#1: Skipping meals
A very popular way to fail at weight loss is going too long between meals, or skipping them entirely. I think this is the most popular weight loss strategy because it’s so easy to implement. Think of the following scenario: It’s noon already and you’re busy finishing a report so you think to yourself:
“Well, I’ll just skip lunch. I’m so busy I won’t even notice I haven’t eaten. What’s even better, that way I can easily cut some calories. Piece of cake! (sic)”
This strategy always backfires – especially in the long run. Usually it backfires in a few hours. 🙂
Why skipping meals is such a bad idea: The problem with skipping meals is that you get too hungry to be able to control your eating at all. When you get home, you will scarf down the most calorie-laden treats you can find in your house. Moderation isn’t possible when you’re starving!
And even if you aren’t actually starving when you get home, then you’ll get the munchies or have an irresistible craving for something sweet. When that happens, it’s a sign you haven’t eaten enough during the day.
I made an interesting observation about my own eating habits and weight history last week. I came to the conclusion that almost without exception I’ve always been at my thinnest when I’ve eaten regular meals: I was plump when I skipped meals in middle school but lost weight when I started having regular meals again in senior high school.
Furthermore, I’ve noticed that every time I skip lunch these days, I end up overeating later that day. Replacing a lunch with a protein bar or a light snack seems not to be enough either, becaue I always end up snacking the whole night. Will-power is useless in these situations.
I have to leave the second of the weight loss strategies for later. The strategy in question is “Relying on will-power alone” and it’s closely related to the first.. 🙂
Are there any other poor weight loss strategies you’d like to add to the list?