5 Signs Your Weight Loss Resolution May Fail

Don't let diet derailers squash your weight-loss goals.

December 22, 2017
Skipping meals
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So you've decided your New Year's resolution will be to lose weight. If you are 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 are five five red flags that may steer you off course if you're not careful.

Bored with dieting
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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.

More: How to Cut Carbs for Weight Loss

Low fat food
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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.

More: The 10 Worst Foods for Fat Loss

Skipping meals
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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.

More: How Counting Calories Could Be Ruining Your Weight Loss Efforts

Lifting weights
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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.

More: 10 Ways to Change Your Body in 2 Seconds

Pre-packaged food
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Your diet requires you to buy pre-packaged meals.

Having to rely on these meals doesn’t teach you how to eat in social situations.

More: 11 Tips to Keep Your Diet on Track While Eating Out

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