5 Diet land mines you need to know about

Mar 15, 2014 at 6:39 a.m. ET

It’s important that you stay as conscious as possible about the choices that you are making.

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If you set a goal to lose weight, it’s important that you stay as conscious as possible about the choices that you are making. In some cases, there are some significant mistakes that people make along the way that can completely erode the progress that they should be seeing.

If you can keep the following five diet land mines in check, you can make sure that your progress moves along as smoothly as possible.

If you don’t however, you may be in for some problems ahead.

Failing to plan

The first and possibly biggest diet landmine that will set you back is failing to plan out your diet. The most important thing you must do is go into each day knowing what you will eat for each meal and what snack you will plan to have.

That way, you will reduce the chances that you fall off that diet plan and start to indulge in foods you shouldn’t. If you leave a meal up to question, chances are the answer will not be a healthy one.

Starving early in the day

Another big mistake that far too many people make is starving themselves earlier in the day. They skip breakfast, eat a light salad at lunch and by the time they get home they are on an all-you-can-eat food buffet.

You need to maintain control over your appetite, and the best way to do this is by making sure you eat in regular intervals. That way, you will never get overly hungry and the desire to binge-eat will be a lot lower than it otherwise would be.

Using liquid meal replacements

The next big no-no on your diet plan is using liquid meal replacements. If you do this, you are setting yourself up for problems as well. The issue here is that these lack the dietary fiber you need to get a high level of sustenance from your meals; without that fiber, you’ll be hungry a short while after.

Not to mention that liquid calories are rapidly-digesting while food calories take longer to break down, so that can also influence the level of hunger you experience.

If you are relying on meal replacement shakes, you’ll be suffering from nutritional deficiencies before too long and you’ll also be noticing you are ravenous all day long.

Following the same diet as everyone else

The next big no-no is following the same diet as your friends. Realize that each and every person is unique in what they should be eating and what their body responds best to.

Learn your body. Choose a plan that you enjoy. And then get ready for success.

If you hate your diet every second and are only doing it because your best friend lost 20 pounds, chances are you will not see the same results.

Adhering to a diet and enjoying it is the most important factor in weight-loss success.

Not staying accountable

Finally, the last major mistake people make is not holding themselves accountable. Be honest with yourself. If you aren’t seeing results but you've been cheating left, right, and center, well, you know why.

Don’t blame your genetics or any other reason. If the effort isn't there, then you have work to do on yourself and success is not going to come from just trying another approach.

You need to take responsibility for your success as well, otherwise you will be unlikely to see the long-term results that you desire.

So keep these points in mind as you go about your diet. Make sure that they aren't starting to influence your progression.