COMMON DIETING MISTAKES
In addition to losing excess body fat you want to develop healthy habits that will promote your optimal weight and health for the rest of your life! Don’t think that going on a temporary “diet” will give you lasting weight loss results. If you want to change your life you need to change some habits so you can sustain your results long term!
Here are ten dieting mistakes commonly made …
NOT EATING BREAKFAST
you need to start your day with breakfast. You should eat within an hour upon waking up. When you haven’t eaten all night your blood sugar will be on the low side. Eating a balanced breakfast will give your body the fuel it needs and jump start your metabolism for the day.
POPULAR LOW CARB DIETS
Diets are the quick way to loss weight but we can't practice that for our entire life. Diets that put your body into ketosis by avoiding carbohydrates give you quick results in the beginning, but are not a long term solution to losing body fat. In part the quick results in the beginning come, in part, from losing water weight.
In addition, you can not eat this way permanently and when you resume eating carbohydrates most people gain the weight back. So you should develop a healthy eating plan to maintain your health and weight through out your life.
GOING TOO LONG BETWEEN MEALS
When you wait too long between meals you will become over hungry. Starving all day sets you up to over eat, or eat the wrong things when you do finally eat. When you eat this way it messes up your metabolism and large meals eaten infrequently encourage fat storage. Eating small frequent meals during the day will help sustain your energy level.
NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
It is not uncommon to mistake thirst for hunger. When you don’t drink enough water your body actually starts holding onto water. Seems like the opposite should be true but it is not. You should drink a MINIMUM of 64 ounces of water per day in normal days and more in summer.
NOT HAVING A PLAN
We don’t plan to fail we fail to plan. When you are trying to reach a new weight or level of fitness you need a plan to follow. It takes some advance preparation to make certain you stay on the plan. Carry food with you and have a back up plan for emergencies.
BINGING AFTER YOU HAVE EATEN OFF YOUR PLAN
Don’t wait until tomorrow to get back on track. We all fall off of our plan from time to time. What matters most is how fast you get back on track.
Make it your goal to lengthen the amount of time between the times you fall track and shorten the time you jump back on after you have fallen off.
BELIEVING YOU ARE GENETICALLY DESTINED TO BE OVERWEIGHT
Some of us are more predisposed to gain weight, but the major factor in whether you are carrying around excess weight is how you you’re your life. Your lifestyle choices have more to do with how much you weigh than your genetic make up.
EATING PROCESSED OR SUBSTITUTE FOODS
Real food is always better than fake food. Eating foods as close to the way they were grown as possible is the best way to support optimal health. Processed foods often contain ingredients that you don’t need or are unhealthy for your body. Often “substitute” foods contain unhealthy chemicals and toxins your body would be healthier without. As for those diet sodas … even artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin reaction in your body and they contain a lot of unhealthy chemicals. Eat local and fresh fruits and vegetables in season whenever possible.
BEING TO ATTACHED TO YOUR SCALES
“The scales are not your friend!” Weigh only once per week, at the same time of day with the same amount of clothing if possible.
The scales aren’t always the most accurate measure of whether you are consistently losing fat. They are not the only measurement of results.
NOT EATING ENOUGH FOOD
Every thing within the limit is safe. Eating a lot less or going on a diet will give the temporary results you want. If you continue this for a long time this strategy results in lowering metabolism and losing both muscle and fat. Total calories are important, but so are the amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in the diet, and the frequency of your meals.