As many serial dieters know, there are several diet mistakes that many of us make when we are in pursuit of weight loss. I know I am guilty. The problem is that we are lulled into a false sense of security by buzzwords like “low fat”, “fat-free” and “diet”. The key to actually losing weight is eating healthy food, portion control and moving more. I promise you that sitting at your desk playing Candy crush is not as calorie burning as you might hope.
Here are a few common mistakes that most dieters makes without even realizing it. Armed with this knowledge, you can avoid some of the most common mistakes made when dieting.
Over indulging in low fat snacks. Snacking is fantastic for your metabolism when you choose healthy, natural options. But when you ditch the apple for six low fat cookies, well, you are eating junk food with little to no nutritional value. It’s just as bad as eating regular old junk food.
Diet Coke Addiction. Every diet I have ever been on allows diet soda. It’s like drinking water, they say. It won’t hurt you, they say. What they don’t say is that diet soda has carbonation and carbonation causes bloating which causes your stomach to stretch allowing you more room to fill to be full. Seems counterproductive to me. Not to mention, artificial sweeteners are awful for you.
Skipping breakfast. Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day because you need to start your day off right with a healthy boost. Skip the Frosted Flakes and go for a scrambled egg or oatmeal with some fresh fruit and yogurt. If you skip a meal two things happen, you are hungry and end up making bad choices later or overeating and your body goes in to starvation mode and tries to hold on to every calorie available.
Eating too fast. If you eat too fast, your mouth is still eating what’s being shoveled in before your brain has a chance to realize that your stomach is full and before you know it, you’ve overeaten and consumed too many calories.
Consuming too many liquid calories. Liquid calories from alcohol, smoothies, coffee with cream and sugar, sweetened juices, teas, and sodas can really contribute to weight gain. We never consider just how many calories are in those coffees and glasses of wine. They add up quick.
Out of Control Portion Control. Our stomach is only the size of our fist, so why do we insist on eating an 8-inch plate worth of food? We are so used to restaurant portions of super sized everything that we don’t know what appropriate portion sizes are so we need to weigh and measure to keep portions in control.
Mindless eating. We are all guilty of this. We get bored. We start eating without even thinking. This usually happens when we’re not even hungry. When dieting, try keeping a food journal. Knowing you’re tracking what you consume will remind you when and what you’re eating.
How do you stay on track with your healthy eating?