Most people can list the obvious diet no-no’s. Eating that entire box of Krispy Kreme donuts will not help you lose weight. Laying around like a lump on the couch instead of going for a brisk walk is counterproductive when you are trying to shed a few pounds. Avoid cake, ice cream, cookies, brownies and just about anything that might belong on a dessert menu. Chips, French fries, pretzels and other salty munchies are similarly out. Join a gym and actually go use the equipment there instead of simply staring at the impossible contortions the advanced yoga class manages to hold with serene smiles on their faces. Eat fewer calories than you burn. Nice and simple.
While the basic formula of “healthy diet – sweets + exercise = weight loss” is more or less true, there is more to dieting successfully than just walking past the package of Oreos in the grocery store. You need to be in the right frame of mind and to be taking care of your entire body, not just your waistline. You also need to avoid the most common pitfalls of dieters everywhere. Here are five things you should never do when dieting.