Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Trying To Lose Weight; #4 is the Most Common!

(Are you making one right now?)


Something as fundamental as nutrition shouldn’t be so complicated. The problem is there is an abundance of information on the internet about the “perfect diet” which causes people to be overwhelmed.

The programming provided by Healthy Steps Nutrition (HSN) has helped over 10,000 people lose weight. 

Here are the top 5 mistakes: 

  1. Inconsistency

Unfortunately, eating really well during the week doesn’t make up for binging every weekend. Most clients are frustrated because they work really hard to stay on track Sunday-Thursday, then “let it rip” on the weekends.

You really need a plan that promotes consistency. Have a treat on the weekend then move on. Don’t go completely overboard to start over on Monday.

  1. Too Restrictive

You don’t have to cut every food group out of your diet to see lasting results. If your diet has more foods on the “can’t” list than the “can” list, it isn’t sustainable.

Focus on what you can have; healthy substitutions add up and can make all the difference. Here’s the truth: there isn’t a quick fix. It’s hard work. It takes time to change your habits and take control of your health. 

  1. Not Tracking

Tracking progress shows success and success leads to motivation. Clients are 50% more successful when they track their food, yet this is one of the toughest things to accomplish. 

If you are just starting, jump on a scale and test your weight and body fat percentage. Grab a tape measure and at least measure your waist circumference (around your belly button).

Then, download MyFitnessPal and just take an inventory of what you are eating.  

Do this for two weeks then retest your weight and body fat. See what you can accomplish by just starting to track!

  1. No Support

It’s tough to make so many changes by yourself. You don’t have anyone to keep you on track. Find an accountability buddy. Share your goals with a friend or family member.

Nutrition Coaching is one of the routes to support members and clients. When you have a nutrition coach providing support and accountability, you are more likely to be successful.

  1. Paralyzed By Too Many Options and Not Taking Action

The internet and social media has created thousands of overnight nutrition celebrities and experts. 

The truth is, the science behind nutrition and behavior modification to help someone achieve optimal health goes well beyond a picture of someone with abs or a 7-day detox. 

Please do your research before falling for a promise that sounds too good to be true. HSN’s program is guided, tested, and proven. It’s written by a registered dietician, Nicole Aucoin, founder and CEO of HSN. 

If you find yourself struggling with any one of the reasons listed above, I want to help!


CrossFit Illumine, Nutrition Coach

PS Here is the link to download the Top 5 Mistakes PDF.