When you’re ready to kick some weight-loss butt and get in shape, you might look to an elimination diet, juice cleanses (please don’t), or taking your diet to a Gwyneth Paltrow-level of clean. And 24 hours after starting whatever adventure you chose, you probably realize that was a big mistake.
“Change is hard, which is why it’s best to start small and gradually incorporate more changes as you adjust to the previous ones,” says Tory Tedrow, R.D., head of nutrition for SugarChecked.
Even when you find a weight loss plan that you can actually see yourself sticking with, it’s easy to get off track—especially in the beginning. That’s because your new habits haven’t quite solidified yet, making it super easy to slide back into your old groove, says Tedrow.
Once your new plan is underway, protect the changes you’re making by steering clear of these uber-common dieting mistakes that tend to strike near the starting line.