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Are You Making These 5 Weight Loss Mistakes

Are You Making These 5 Weight Loss Mistakes

Latest statistics show that more than 65 percent of American adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 through 19 are overweight or obese. These sobering statistics of this  ticking time-bomb has compelled countless individuals to pay more attention to their weight and health. More and more people today are trying to lose weight; but only a few manage to succeed and achieve their weight loss goals.

Are You Committing These Weight Loss Mistakes ?

Losing weight is in itself difficult, but a lot of people make it even more difficult by committing these critical mistakes:

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1. Expecting too much too soon.

Expecting to see weight loss too soon is an extremely common diet goal.  A lot of people set themselves up for derailment and failure by expecting to see great changes in their weight in a short period of time. Realistic goal setting should be a central part of a weight loss regimen.  You should remember that you have not piled up that amount of weight overnight, so naturally, you won’t be losing it overnight either. Most experts would say that expecting to lose a pound or two per week is just right.

2. Being overly restrictive with their diet.

Food is a crucial element in weight loss. One cannot possibly lose weight without reducing the amount of calories they consume or as they say, going on a diet. However, going a very restrictive diet that involves drastic calorie reduction and total elimination of certain foods can be counterproductive. Too little food intake (i.e., caloric intake of less than 50% of what your body requires) slows down the metabolism; while elimination of certain types of food can give rise to cravings and overeating. There is no need for such drastic measures to lose weight, the key to effective weight loss is portion control and smart food choices.

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3. Relying on weight loss supplements.

The weight-loss industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry, all thanks to people who have the “quick fix” mentality. A lot of people make the huge mistake of believing the grand promises of dubious supplements and over-the-counter diet pills. Many of these supplements are ineffective and are just a total waste of money. If there are those that actually cause you to lose weight, the dangerous effects they pose to your health can be overwhelming.

4. Giving up too soon.

Falling off the weight loss track happens to everyone. With the difficulty of the entire weight loss process, setbacks are nothing unusual. But some people after skipping several workout sessions or after ditching healthy eating for a massive feast of high-calorie food lose the motivation to get back to their weight loss regimen. If you want to succeed with your plans to lose weight, you should get ready to meet failures and moments of weakness. Accept setbacks for what they are and find ways to overcome them and move forward.

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5. Believing that going to the gym is a must.

A lot of people fail to lose weight because they never even get started. And among the most common reason is that they cannot afford a gym membership fee.  Many people have this notion that losing weight entails going to the gym. If you are one who thinks the same, you should consider re-thinking that idea. To lose weight, you need to expend energy or burn off calories, and there are many ways to do that without going to the gym. Walking is one of the best exercises around and it’s virtually free.

Aside from the fact that losing weight is a painstaking and will-testing endeavor, many people dive into the weight loss bandwagon with very little knowledge of what losing weight entails; hence, many end up failing. If you are planning to embark on a weight loss journey, you might want to equip yourself with the above information so that you don’t sabotage your pound-dropping goals–like the common pitfalls of weight loss aspirants.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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