Are you cutting back on food and still gaining weight? You’re probably making this mistake.

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What exactly does “cutting back” on food mean? To some it may be counting calories and sticking to 1200 calories a day. To others it may mean giving up bread, or dessert, or carbs in general. To others still, it may be skimping on breakfast and swapping your afternoon snack for a 100 calorie pack.

Is cutting back working for you? I’m going to bet it’s not. I “cut back” for years and never saw the scale budge. Instead I was miserable, felt deprived, and avoided a social life because I was afraid it would interfere with my diet.

Cutting back was the problem. No lack of carbs is going to make you happier. Tweet it!  Skipping dessert for two months will not make you love your life more. Staying under your super low calorie goal will not make you healthier.

Now I’m not telling you to go eat 5 bars of chocolate, an entire pizza, and maybe a milkshake along the way. What I am saying is cut yourself some slack. Live your life and stop trying to “cut back”.  Give yourself full permission to eat what your body needs to be healthy and see what happens.

Share your thoughts below in the comments section. Tell me what is something you tend to “cut back” on? Do you crave it more when you do?

24 thoughts on “Are you cutting back on food and still gaining weight? You’re probably making this mistake.

  1. Liz

    I spent years restricting and cutting out foods I loved in order to lose a few pounds and live in the diet fad world we live in today. If I did lose weight, it came right back. What finally worked for me was a LIFESTYLE change. Diet fads are not going to work for me –or anyone in my opinion. Once I started feeding my body the foods it NEEDED instead of restricting on what I thought it didn’t need, the pounds came off. I maintain a healthy weight now and I eat 2 oreos a day to show I’m still human! :) When you find the balance between indulgence and health, your body will thank you for it!

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    1. danielle Post author

      Yes! I love this! I totally agree that diets very rarely work for anyone, especially the fads!

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  2. Kevin

    Cutting back – especially with no results is a recipe for unhappiness. We have a sign in our house that says “life is too short to be unhappy”. I agree.
    Having said that, you are right you can’t go nuts either as that is likely to spriral you back into unhappiness when all those lbs get back on your frame.
    Highly restrictive calorie diets never really work because you body is too smart. It thinks you are starving, so it slows down your metabolism and starts burning your muscle for energy. You may lose weight – for a bit – but that is likely temporary (water) and/or counter-productive (muscle).
    Learning about what gives you the energy to pursue what you enjoy and feel good about yourself is the important part. Every body is different. Invest in learning about yours.
    Balance enjoying your favourite desert with walking it off with your best friend, husband/wife, dog, or anyone else whose company you enjoy. Life is meant to be enjoyed.

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    1. danielle Post author

      I love that saying! Such a thoughtful comment and I love it. You have a great positive outlook on life, fitness, nutrition and it truly shows :)

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  3. Georgie

    I’ve found eating diversely is what helps me keep a good balance.
    I’ve tried sticking to ultra low calorie diets and ate the same thing every day without any change, but as soon as I mix up a workout and my meals I feel so much better!

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  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I HATE when I hear people say they are going on FASTS or juice cleanses! Such a joke, such a mistake! You need to EAT (healthfully) to keep your metabolism REVVED so it can help you BURN CALORIES and thus, LOSE WEIGHT!!! It’s as simple as that!!

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  5. Nancy

    This is why I stopped paleo! I loved the results it gave me, but I was being too restrictive and not allowing myself delicious sandwiches or candy lol :( I feel MUCH better than I did 3 mths ago.

    All in moderation :)

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    1. danielle Post author

      That is awesome! You have to figure out what works best for you individual body and it sounds like you have!

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    1. danielle Post author

      You will get there. It takes a lot of time and dedication but it is totally possible. Best of luck to you :)

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