Signs Your Weight Loss Resolution May Fail

January 7, 2013

You're almost one week into 2013--how has your weight loss resolution fared so far? If you're already struggling, you're not alone. Seventy-three percent of adults who made fitness resolutions gave up before meeting their goals, according to an online study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of bodybuilding.com.

One key to sticking with your resolution to drop weight may be to squash diet derailers before they can interfere with your big goals. Here, five five red flags, that may steer you off course if you're not careful.

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Your diet is too regimented: The average American gets bored eating the same thing day after day. Plus, according to one study, dieters who gave up their favorite food ultimately ended up overeating later.

You go low fat: Your body needs fat to function properly and helps us feel full. Also, a lot of low-fat foods use tons of sugar to add flavor, which can wreak just as much--if not more--havoc on your waistline. (Related: 14 Low-Fat Foods That Make You Fat)

You skip meals: You may think you're saving yourself calories, but in reality you're setting yourself up to overindulge later in the day.

You do cardio without weight training: The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn, according to research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Your diet requires you to buy pre-packaged meals: Having to rely on these meals don’t teach you how to eat in social situations.

Read on for 10 more signs your diet may fail.