Thinking Exercise Gets you a Pass
Exercise and dieting go hand-in-hand when you're trying to lose weight, one won’t work without the other, but the key is to ramp up exercise (calorie burn) while decreasing calorie intake. It's easy to overestimate how much you burned during an exercise session and then eat too much to compensate, sabotaging your goal. Keep track of calories burned and eat in accordance.
Doing a quick fix
A quick fix is never a solution and should not be considered an option. A drastic low-cal plan sends your body into conservation mode, so you burn calories slower. It can also cause headaches, moodiness, fatigue, cravings, and, of course, only temporary weight loss.
Banishing Favorite Foods
Giving up your favorite food can be an extremely difficult task, it's very hard to stick to a diet where you are never able to eat your favorite foods. Suddenly those foods become extra tempting and before you know it, you're "cheating" on your diet and feeling like you failed. By allowing yourself to indulge once in a while (savoring those foods and not feeling guilty), you can find a healthy balance that really works in the long run.
Skipping meals may seem like a good way to skimp on calories and speed up weight loss, but it actually can lead you to eat more later on. If you don't eat lunch, for instance, you might overindulge at dinner thinking you deserve the extra calories. Eat when you're hungry (but not ravenous) to keep hunger and portions in check.