1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

How to Avoid 7 Common Weight Loss Mistakes

By

Updated March 05, 2014

3 of 7

Mistake #3: Using Food as a Reward
Whether they're trying to lose weight or not, it's very common for runners to use food as a reward. They often want to treat themselves after a hard workout or race. But that kind of reward system can really derail your weight loss efforts. You may start using every little excuse to treat yourself to a high-calorie dessert or other indulgence when you have an urge for them.

How to fix it: Instead, treat yourself to non-food rewards, such as new running gear, a pedicure, or a massage when you reach a running goal. Once you reach a specific goal, pick a new milestone and another non-food treat to go along with it. And follow these tips for controlling food cravings.

Related Video
How to Choose Running Shoes
Proper Running Form-Gait

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.