Saturday, August 03, 2013
I read her article again this morning here:
Bad Habit #1: Going "on a diet" in the first place.
Bad Habit #2: Overhauling your eating habits overnight.
Bad Habit #3: Giving up certain foods altogether.
Bad Habit #4 Only caring about calories.
Bad Habit #5: Focusing on the scale.
Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.*
Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as little as possible.
Bad Habit #8: Giving up too easily.
Bad Habit #9: Confusing "healthy" with "low-calorie."
Bad Habit #10: Unrealistic expectations.
This is something we should all read and re-read at least every few months as a checklist of whether we have our heads on straight about our progress and our wellness. One of the better SparkPeople articles out there!
* The corollary to this is "Expecting exercise to compensate for a poor diet". No, you can't eat that thing that's not on your eating plan because you'll just jog an extra 15 minutes later today. Once in a while that might fly, but people tend to take that occasional "oops" and turn it into an approved habit. Weight control is 80% diet and 20% activity. Focus on the important part first.
EDIT: This other article, however, is complete crap: