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What are some common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight?

When trying to lose weight, there are several common mistakes that people often make that can hinder their progress:

  • Relying on fad diets: Firstly, relying solely on fad diets or cutting out entire food groups can lead to nutrient deficiencies and be unsustainable in the long term. Fad diets are diets that become popular quickly but are often not based on sound nutritional principles and can be unsustainable in the long term. Examples of fad diets include the cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet, and the baby food diet. These diets often restrict certain food groups or drastically reduce calorie intake, leading to nutrient deficiencies and a slower metabolism. While they may result in short-term weight loss, they are not a sustainable or healthy approach to weight loss in the long term.

  • Misjudging calorie balance: Additionally, overestimating the number of calories burned during exercise and underestimating the number of calories consumed can lead to a calorie surplus and hinder weight loss progress.

  • Skipping meals or drastically reducing calorie intake: Skipping meals or drastically reducing calorie intake can also slow down metabolism and lead to overeating.

  • Neglecting sleep and stress management: Lastly, failing to prioritize sleep and manage stress levels can lead to hormonal imbalances and increased food cravings.


  1. Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight; U.S. News & World Report - Health.

  2. Tahreem A, Rakha A, Rabail R, Nazir A, Socol CT, Maerescu CM, Aadil RM. Fad Diets: Facts and Fiction. Front Nutr. 2022 Jul 5;9:960922. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2022.960922. PMID: 35866077; PMCID: PMC9294402.

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