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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 #7: Not Readjusting Calorie Needs
As you lose weight, your calorie needs change because it takes fewer calories to maintain your weight. So if you keep eating the same amount of calories, you'll probably hit a weight loss plateau.

How to fix it: If you want to keep losing weight, you have to gradually reduce your calorie intake. Use this Daily Caloric Expenditure calculator to determine how many calories you actually need each day. Once you have that number, you need to create a deficit -- either by dieting or exercise -- of approximately 500 calories per day to lose a pound a week.

Also see: Why Am I Not Losing Weight With Running?

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