"The biggest weight loss mistake is skipping meals," said Rahaf Al Bochi, a registered dietitian in Duluth. "Many people think by skipping meals they eat less and therefore will lose weight."
According to Al Bochi, the reverse might be true. "What people don't realize is that when we skip meals and follow a very low-calorie diet the body's metabolism slows down and we don't burn as many calories."
Another effect of skipping meals: "We are more likely to be hungry at the next meal and overindulge on foods," she said. "A key component of weight loss is to have balanced meals throughout the day."
Staying in a workout rut
Jenny Askew, owner of Balance Fitness and Nutrition in Alpharetta, said one of the biggest weight-loss mistakes she sees is people who don't change up their workout routines. "Our bodies are efficient and therefore adapt very well to what we do," said Askew. "The more you can prevent adaptations to exercise routines the better."
To achieve that end, she recommends changing up the length of time you spend on certain aspects of your workout, the type of exercise you do, or intensity of exercise each time you work out.
"Sleeping well, uncovering hormonal issues, getting to the bottom of digestive issues and lowering stress are also essential for weight management," she said.