The rea­son for unsuc­cess­ful weight loss may be incor­rect­ly placed empha­sis.

Obvi­ous­ly, these are not the only mis­takes that peo­ple make when try­ing to lose weight, but it is those sub­tle mis­takes that often pre­vent you from achiev­ing notice­able results. Make sure you don’t do them, and you can stay con­sis­tent in your weight loss jour­ney long enough to see out­stand­ing results.

Focus on carbohydrates instead of calories

Calo­rie intake is the main fac­tor in weight loss, regard­less of the amount of car­bo­hy­drates. By eat­ing low-carb foods, you may unin­ten­tion­al­ly con­sume few­er calo­ries, espe­cial­ly if you make health­i­er food choic­es and exer­cise reg­u­lar­ly.

But if you can’t imag­ine your­self eat­ing low-carb for the rest of your life, then don’t start. Los­ing weight is much eas­i­er if you focus on con­trol­ling calo­ries, eat­ing nutri­tious foods, and includ­ing foods you enjoy in your diet.

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Focus on cardio instead of strength training

There’s noth­ing wrong with car­dio, but if you want to get the most out of your exer­cise, strength train­ing should be the main focus of your work­out plan.

A bar­bell and a pair of dumb­bells will help you build and main­tain mus­cle while you diet, mean­ing most (if not all) of the weight you lose will come from fat.

(Read also: 9 Signs of Weight Loss Progress You’re Not Notic­ing

Emphasis on restrictions instead of containment

Many peo­ple believe that they need to lim­it all foods that are con­sid­ered “bad.” Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this usu­al­ly leads to more overeat­ing, a worse rela­tion­ship with food, and a vicious diet-relapse cycle.

Mod­er­a­tion is about incor­po­rat­ing your favorite foods into your diet using mod­er­a­tion and con­trol. This approach leads to less overeat­ing, a bet­ter rela­tion­ship with food, and long-term suc­cess.

Focus on excellence instead of progress

When you’re moti­vat­ed to lose weight, it’s easy to fall into per­fec­tion­ism. But per­fec­tion is a myth. If you expect every­thing to be per­fect, you are only set­ting your­self up for fail­ure. For­tu­nate­ly, progress does not imply per­fec­tion. It just requires doing the right thing most of the time.

(Read also: 8 tips on how to over­come a weight loss plateau.)

Emphasis on motivation instead of development dynamics

Moti­va­tion is great. If you have it. The point is that you won’t always feel moti­vat­ed, and this will become a prob­lem if you find it dif­fi­cult to take action when you don’t feel moti­vat­ed.

If this sounds famil­iar to you, we rec­om­mend start­ing small to cre­ate momen­tum. Once you have momen­tum, it will be much eas­i­er to stick to your plan, regard­less of moti­va­tion.

Focus on the end goal instead of small victories

There’s noth­ing wrong with hav­ing a great end goal, but if you only focus on that, you’ll quick­ly burn out from the dai­ly grind. Stay com­mit­ted to the end goal, but pay more atten­tion to the small vic­to­ries you achieve along the way.

Now you can avoid mis­takes in los­ing weight. Read also whether tak­ing L‑carnitine helps you lose weight, and also find out 5 effec­tive ways to make the weight loss process eas­i­er.

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