It is not easy to lose weight and most of Americans would agree to that! Losing weight requires knowledge and skills. You first need to know about exercise and nutrition in detail. You also need to have lot of patience because weight loss is never instant. Why do these weight loss plans fail? It is because people don't learn from their mistakes. They keep repeating the same mistakes and do not try to fix them. You need to know about these mistakes so that you don't make them while trying to lose weight.
Understand your body first. You are never going to lose weight if you are trying to achieve something impossible. Don't try to be something that you are not. Know yourself. Some people might have wide hips, now no weight loss plan would be able to change that completely. Be happy with your inner self, only then can things change on the outside.
There is a misconception that if you stop eating all together then you would lose weight quickly. One doesn't need to follow a strict diet to lose weight. This can be done gradually. You are not going to lose weight if you cut down on your calories suddenly. This slows down body's metabolism and hence there is no weight loss. Cutting down the calories can also affect your health. You might end up suffering from various mineral/vitamin deficiency disorders.
Don't set unrealistic goals for yourself. You will work hard to reach your target only when your goals are realistic and achievable. Many weight loss plans fail because of these unrealistic goals. Do not push yourself too hard. You can increase your exercise duration gradually. Don't get into the habit of checking your weight everyday. It will only increase your frustration. Cutting down on your food straight away isn't a great idea either. Realistic goals are the key to success. You will feel successful when you achieve them and this will inspire you further to do well.
Another common mistake which most people make is that they exercise alone. Your chances of losing weight increase ten folds if you are exercising with a partner. Even you dieting plans are likely to be more successful if you have a partner. This is because then both of you can motivate each other. Your family and friends should also know about your weight loss plans so that they can help you. This way they can give you more time in the gym and also cook some healthy food for you. Trainers and doctors can also help you in losing weight.
So make sure you don't make these mistakes while you are trying to lose weight!