8 mistakes made while trying to lose weight

1. Skip breakfast

Most people trying to lose weight believe simply eating less and skipping meals helps shed that fat. And breakfast is a real easy meal to skip. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when on a weight loss diet. If you leave the house in the morning on an empty stomach you’re much more tempted to eat more at morning tea and lunch times. And, calories you eat at breakfast time are easily burnt throughout the day.

2. Eat one day and not the next

You'd literally eat about 2000+ calories one day, feel guilty, and end up eating about 700 calories the following day. If you "starve" yourself throughout the day you’re much more likely to eat more in the evenings, which is not going to help you lose weight. You should consume most of your calories in the morning.

3. Buying diet food

When shopping most people always look for the foods marked diet, low-fat, healthy etc. This is a good practice to get into, but some are buying these foods for the wrong reason. They buy these foods because in their mind it meant they could eat more and totally disregard portion size. If you eat diet foods in large portions you’re not doing yourself any favors.

4. Thinking you'll always be fat

This is mindset that you must break if you want to lose some serious weight. Sometimes it feels like you’re doing the right things and not making any progress, this is totally natural. You need to focus on being happy and healthy and achieving your goals. Try not to get caught up in "the big picture".

5. Eating salads as main meals

Eating salad is a good way of keeping your calorie intake down right? Yes, a meal of salad has much less calories that a pizza but does it have the satisfaction? When you eat your mind needs to get some satisfaction from what you have just eaten. When you eat salads for meals a few hours later you're back at the cupboard looking for more food. It's better off eating a balanced meal with slightly more calories than simply eating a salad and snacking afterwards.

6. Starting new diets on Mondays

Most people, when finding out about a new diet, try always to start it on a Monday. This means they would eat all weekend like they were never going to eat again. Doing this is just setting yourself up for failure.

7. Embarrassed to go to the gym

Taking the plunge and joining a gym is one of the hardest things. Some people are always worried that people in the gym would be staring at them and talking about them. They really think they are too fat to join. My advice is to join a gym! You’ll be glad you did.

8. Setting your goals to high

Setting long term goals is great, but these goals always seem to far off. You need to set smaller, more reachable goals that you can regularly meet to keep your motivation high. Set yourself weekly, monthly and three monthly goals. Once you meet one short term goal set a new one for next week.