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How to Avoid 7 Common Weight Loss Mistakes

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Updated May 16, 2014

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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.

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