When you are trying to lose weight, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing everything that you read or have been told in the past about how weight loss ‘works’.
Every day we are bombarded with marketing messages about restricting certain food groups, diet pills, or extreme weight loss measures that are simply not good for your health or wellbeing. But the fact is weight loss happens as a result of eating healthy, fresh foods and getting in some exercise.
We’ve put a list together of some of the FIVE most common mistakes people make when they’re looking to trim down. We’ve also given you some of the best tried and tested tips to help you get off to a great start.
Top 5 weight loss mistakes to avoid
1. Not eating enough
This is a really common one – people think that if they skip breakfast, or cut out all snacks, they will naturally lose weight.
And lose weight you might, but it will most likely be water and muscle that you are losing rather than fat. This is because your body will slow down your metabolism in response which slows down your ability to lose fat.
These snacks are healthy and nutritious and will help to keep you going until your next meal.
2. Not giving yourself a break
When there’s a rainy day and the kids are cranky, the motivation’s low to strap them into a pram and go for a walk – give yourself a break and do something else.
Our Tabata and DanceFit workouts on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge are a great way to get moving and you can do them from the comfort of your own home! Try this at home exercise routine for a little taste!
3. Believing the low fat, no fat myth
Those low fat, no fat, 99 per cent fat free, no artificial coloured products you see on the supermarket shelves are NOT good for you!
The advertising that goes with them often tells you that they are. But many of the ‘so called’ low-fat foods are pumped up with sugar in order to make them taste better. This is less than ideal when you are trying to lose baby weight.
Instead try to get most of your shopping done from the fresh produce section (fruit and veg), fresh meat, dairy section and the health food aisle. The less packaging the better.
4. Not getting support and help
Trying to lose pregnancy weight on your own can be difficult. If your partner isn’t on board with the changes to your healthy eating it can be even harder (read our tips for getting your partner on side here).
There is an incredibly supportive and active Facebook community you can join to get some helpful tips, advice and motivation from other mums.
Another great option is to recruit a weight loss buddy to help you with support. They can be a friend to lean on and a source of motivation and advice.
5. Not being realistic
Deciding that you want to lose 10kg in two weeks is not only unrealistic, it’s dangerous for your health.
Steady pregnancy weight loss is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
It’s also important that you don’t start trying to lose pregnancy weight until you are 100 per cent ready. Read our tips for knowing when to start here.
- Watch portion sizes especially when you are eating out, savour your food and stop eating when you are full.
- Snacking is essential for energy levels and for boosting your metabolism. There are great ideas on healthy snacking on our site.
- Don’t always trust the scales. Non-scale victories are just as much of a win. Get some tips on staying motivated here.
More on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, customisable weight loss program PROVEN to help mums reach their weight loss goals.
Our Challenge includes:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!