I especially agree with #2 (overhauling your entire diet overnight) and #10 (unrealistic expectations).
We see it on the boards here all the time.... someone says "OK tomorrow I'm going to start losing weight" so they go from eating fast food every day, to subsisting on salads. Some of that is not their fault though... for decades we've been taught that "diet food" is the way to go when it comes to losing weight, versus being able to eat in moderation. For me, I just started making changes... I used frozen meals to get me used to eating less. I cut down my fast food trips to just a couple times a week instead of almost daily.
We also see every day that people set unrealistic goals for their weight loss. There was a woman the other day that wanted to lose 45lbs in the next 7 months. Doable? Maybe, but it will be very difficult for a woman of 50+ to lose an average of 1.5lbs a week, especially going through the holidays. When I started out I just said "OK I want to lose some weight" but never really had a set number in mind. I never even really set my goal weight until I joined SP in July... 6 months after I started working on weight loss. Being realistic about your goals is key.
The only one I sort of didn't agree with was #6, about exercise. Sure, exercise is great, and it does help weight loss and promotes good health, but I never did it. When I started losing weight, I was working full time, taking classes at night and online, and the limited free time I did have I spent either doing homework or taking care of chores and stuff. I guess I could have woken up at 6am instead of 7, but I wasn't willing to compromise sleep just in order to go exercise because experts say you "need" to. I just had to be extra diligent about my eating though. Since I wasn't exercising, the option of putting in an extra half hour at the gym after overeating the day before wasn't an option for me.
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