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5 Weight Loss Mistakes

The freshman fifteen weigh heavily on many students’ lives—literally. In order to combat the fat, many students try to develop their own weight loss programs. A lot of these fail due to some very basic mistakes:

    1. Not eating enough: In my opinion the body is one of the coolest things in the world. When the body senses that it isn’t getting enough nutrition, it goes into “starvation mode” and starts storing up for the end of the famine. So, instead of teaching your body to survive on less, you convince it that since it isn’t going to be getting any nutrition any time soon from you, it had better take matters into its own hands and start saving up. This is counter-productive to the man or woman that wants to shave pounds. Science Daily reported that college students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. Dieting isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating right.


    1. Eating too much: On the other side of starving yourself, gorging on food isn’t wise either. No matter how good your metabolism is, eating a diet of pizza and doughnuts will only hamper your weight loss efforts. The secret isn’t so much how much you eat as it is what you eat. Your diet will depend a lot on the type of physical activity you plan on engaging in. Weightlifting requires a lot of protein; running will require a lot of carbs. Talking to a professional about your diet is a good way to find out exactly what you should be eating.


    1. Consistency: Just about every gym in the United States experiences a sudden spike in January. New Year’s resolutions bring a lot of weight-conscious people to the gym to work off a few pounds. Unfortunately, visiting the gym twice a week for two weeks straight does not an Arnold Schwarzenegger make. Vital to any weight-loss plan is consistency. Your level of dedication to your goal won’t be apparent for several months. Part of the problem with diets and “get slim quick” programs are that they are usually just that—a program. You need to be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle in the long run if you want any permanent change to take place.


    1. Unrealistic Expectations: Looking and feeling good is a realistic expectation; aspiring to look exactly like Taylor Lautner or Taylor Swift is not. Looking good is definitely worthy motivation for improving your diet and working out more, but I don’t think you should make it your primary goal. I believe that your primary motivation should be to feel good—appearance is definitely part of that but it shouldn’t be everything. Being physically fit will give you the strength and stamina to handle life’s challenges better—whether it be sitting at a computer all day or rescuing people from burning buildings. It will also build your self-esteem and confidence. And next time your mother calls to ask your help in moving the piano, you won’t feel as embarrassed.


  1. Going at it alone: Some studies have shown that most weight loss programs have about equal results when it comes to effectiveness, but that programs that require you to work with others are generally more effective. In other words, it is easier to lose weight when there is a little peer pressure involved. If you involve a few close friends, losing weight becomes both more fun and more possible.


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Stephen Sharpe is a web writer, working for My Colleges and Careers is an online resource which has helped thousands of people determine if an online education is right for them, helps them find which online masters degree programs can help them exceed their goals.