Everyone makes mistakes in life and when it comes to dieting, there are plenty of mistakes that people make. If you’ve been trying to lose weight and haven’t had much success, take a look at these ten mistakes and see which ones you’ve been making. Aim to correct just one mistake at a time and you’ll likely start noticing results.
1. Drinking Calories: While you know to avoid the “monster” sized fountain drink at the gas station, you might be sabotoging your diet by drinking juice or sweet coffee beverages. Stick to water for your hydration needs and eat some fruit when you need a sweet treat.
2. Consuming Artificial Sweeteners: You’ve been told for years that diet sodas are a dieters best friend but research is coming out saying that the artificial sweeteners cause your body to hang on to unwanted pounds. If you need to sweeten something, try stevia or xylitol, two natural sweeteners that won’t work against you.
3. Avoiding Fat: If you were a dieter of the 80s or 90s you probably have a fear of consuming fat but your body needs fat, just make sure that you are getting healthy fats from avocados, fish and coconut oil.
4. Trying Fad Diets: Everyone’s tried them but they simply are not a sustainable way of life. Eating six bowls of cabbage and tomato soup a day; who can do that for more than a month? Fad diets give short term results but you’ll pack on the pounds once you quit.
5. Skipping Breakfast: Your mom probably tried to instill this in you, but it’s among the most common of these mistakes. Getting a good healthy breakfast sets the stage for having a day of healthy meals.
6. Eating After 8 PM: After dinner, close your kitchen for the night. Your body doesn’t need any more calories and since you probably aren’t spending your evening working out, you will burn very few calories after eight o’clock.
7. Eating On The Go: Make every attempt possible to eat all your meals while sitting at a table and focusing on your food. You’ll feel more satisfied than when you are heading to work eating a breakfast meal and large coffee from the drive-thru.
8. Not Paying Attention to Portion Size: Portion sizes keep getting larger and larger. Keep a chart of portion sizes in your kitchen so that you aren’t eating too much. At restaurants place half of your meal in a take-home box immediately upon receiving your plate.
9. Not Exercising: Exercise is the best way to speed up your weight loss efforts. While food intake is important, you need a way to burn those excess calories from your body. Aim to get a mix of cardio, strength and interval training at least three days a week.
10. Relying On Meal Replacement Products: Typically marketed by the creators of fad diets, meal replacements don’t offer a tasty wholesome meal that leaves you feeling satisfied. While they are full of nutrients they just can’t compare to a real meal.
Remember that your weight didn’t come on in a month and you won’t get it off that fast. Make the necessary changes slowly, but steadily. It takes 21 days to change bad habits, so take your time and focus on eliminating one of these mistakes until you’ve succeeded. Try another, and another, and soon you’ll be on the road to a healthier life.
Author bio: Cynthia Johnson is a lab assistant and online contributor for healthtestingcenters.com, an online lab testing provider offering prescribed or self-ordered tests for cholesterol, thyroid function, liver function, etc. Check here for testing locations as well as home test kits.