With all the fad diets and “miracle” weight loss products out there, it isn’t surprising that people are still overweight and left wondering what they have done wrong. Conflicting methods have sent people into a flurry, trying to figure out how to get their figure back! So, let’s clear up all the misunderstandings and get you on the right track to losing weight permanently. Here are the main 5 diet mistakes that people make, and that you must avoid if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
First and most importantly, skipping breakfast, is not going to get you slim and trim. In fact quite the opposite is true. Breakfast is the primary meal that gets your metabolism functioning correctly for the day and literally sets the tone for how well you eat during the rest of the day. If you don’t eat breakfast, the blood sugar drops drastically by mid- morning leading to impulsive snacking throughout the rest of the day as your body attempts to regulate its glucose levels. Additionally missing breakfast causes you to eat more at night as your body tries to catch up on missed calories, which end up turning to fat while you sleep. Rather eat a high protein breakfast such as 2 boiled eggs with berries and yoghurt, or at the very least a handful of nuts, if you struggle to eat a large meal so early in the day.
2) Healthy Foods
This seems a bit strange, but we are merely referring to the portions and amounts of healthy food. Just because a certain food you eat is healthy, doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you like. All foods have calories, even the healthiest ones like veggies and will affect your weight if you eat too much. As with everything in life, and as your grandmother always told you – moderation is key.
3) Liquid Calories or Empty Calories
Although liquid diets are all the rage, as they seem to be less harsh on the digestive system, liquid calories can actually be a hindrance to your weight loss plans. Why? Well, it’s because they don’t fill you up. Additionally drinking juices, tea, coffee, alcohol and other calorie filled beverages can actually cause you to gain weight, as you don’t realize how many calories you are actually consuming. Liquids tend to quench the thirst and do not have any effect on your hunger, so you tend to eat the same amount you always do, thereby adding to your daily caloric intake.
Diet drinks are perhaps the most commonly misconstrued notion of being healthy that there is. The thinking is that diet drinks have fewer calories, therefore, they will not cause you to put on weight. The truth is that diet drinks are actually causing your sweet tooth to get worse, as artificial sweeteners are as much as 13 thousand times sweeter than sugar, however the body is not getting the calories associated with the sweetness, so your brain is hardwired to keep craving sweet things until its calories are replenished.
5) Unconscious Eating
This is a common diet mistake that most people make because as indicated by the name, they don’t realize they are doing it. If you nibble on something while you are reading, watching TV, chatting to a friend, or working on the computer, pretty soon, you have finished an entire bag of crackers, or emptied the bowl of crisps without even noticing. That’s a lot of calories! Instead, make sure you don’t give in to picking at snack bowls, resist the urge to clean the last few morsels from your child’s plate, or sitting down to watch a movie with snacks.