True Confessions: My Weight-Loss Sins

WLC members 'fess up to their top 5 weight-loss mistakes

By Sylvia Davis
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Which diet "don't" is most often your downfall? We put this question to WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members on our "Friends Talking: Daily Journaling" message board. They confessed to five common mistakes that sometimes sabotage their best weight loss efforts.

Knowing your weaknesses is the first step to overcoming them, so these members are already on their way to better habits. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in some of their stories.

Members' Top 5 Diet Sins

1. Not Eating Enough -- or Often Enough

Several members confessed that they sometimes skip meals (and pay for it later).

"This is scary to say, but for probably 10 years or more I never ate breakfast," writes member chekty. "I would occasionally skip lunch and be [ravenous] by dinnertime and afterwards. I was definitely a binge eater and did not realize it."

Writes surgglo: "I have a bad habit of not eating a meal at all because I get too preoccupied with whatever I am doing. It's almost always lunch, too. So then I end up snacking late and not wanting dinner at our normal time. "

Others believe that trying to cut out favorite foods can ultimately lead to binging.

"I think being too restrictive because you don't know how to incorporate favorites foods in moderation could be considered a diet sin," says member 2spooky. "This tends to cause people to binge and crave foods, which starts a very vicious cycle."