How To Avoid Dieting Mistakes

How To Avoid Dieting Mistakes

Avoiding simple dieting mistake will help you achieve greater results in a shorter space of time.  When you find a diet plan to suit you, you should read it through and understand exactly what it entails and fully understand how it works.  Doing this before you start is how to avoid dieting mistakes.

All to often we start off on a diet and feel confident about the plan, only to get a few weeks in and notice that the result we were getting at the beginning is no longer happening.  This could be down to a number of reasons but one of the main reasons, we completely lose focus of how the plan should be done and make it up as we go, this is where we start to make simple dieting mistakes.

Taken from here is a list of simple dieting mistakes we can avoid as reported by Manuel Villacorta a registered dietician.

Dieting Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

1. You eat fake foods
We admit that prepackaged weight-loss products like shakes and bars are convenient, but they may not be helping you to lose weight in the long run.

“You never feel satisfied after you eat something like that, because it’s just a bunch of processed stuff,” says Manuel Villacorta, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

There are lots of healthier, more filling options with the same or fewer calories, like a cheese stick or a serving of plain nonfat Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries.

2. You burn the midnight oil
Sure, you need to log time at the gym, but to lose weight, you also need to log time in your bed.

Skimping on sleep, especially sleeping less than five or six hours a night, can slow your metabolism and cause hormonal changes that hurt your weight-loss efforts.

Being tired may also make you eat more. One recent study found that people who are sleep-deprived consume a whopping 500 extra calories a day.

3. You exercise too much
Yes, you read that right. Exercise is important, but Villacorta maintains that being too focused on it can backfire.

“People think that if they exercise they will magically lose weight, and then they get frustrated,” he cautions.

In fact, about 80 percent of dieting time and energy should be focused on nutrition and 20% on exercise, he says. “If I have a client who’s exercising six times a week, sometimes I’ll cut that in half and have them spend the extra hours shopping and planning meals.”

4. You always choose the salad
Contrary to popular belief, heading for the salad bar may not be your best option.

Salads may not contain enough carbohydrates to help control hunger hormones, according to Villacorta. He suggests a healthy soup and sandwich instead, or tossing a serving of brown rice, lentils, or garbanzo beans into your greens. And beware of high-calorie salad bar additions like blue cheese and candied walnuts.

Add enough of those and “you may as well just have a burger,” he says.

5. You’re a high-calorie health nut
Just because a food is healthy doesn’t mean you can eat a mountain of it.

Switching from white bread to whole wheat bread, eating nuts instead of chips, using olive oil instead of butter —these are all healthy changes. But they aren’t low-calorie substitutions, so portion control is still key. Get the rest of the tips here.

There are so many diet plans available some good, some not so good and some not worth your time of day.  When choosing a diet plan for weight loss choose one that you can see will become a way of live.  A plan that your whole family can enjoy, with no restrictions on enjoying good healthy wholesome foods in moderation.

Should you find that there are weeks when numbers aren’t looking to good on the scales go back to basics, this is how to avoid dieting mistakes.  Reading over your diet plan every so often is good, as it reassures us how it all works.

Do you go back to basics every now and again, I have found myself this week reading through my books again looking at how I could improve on meal plans etc.  Your comments are welcomed below.


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