There are definitely things to keep in mind when trying to maintain a healthy weight goal. And many dieters continue to make common mistakes regarding their food, which leads them to continually battle with weight issues.
Here are 5 common mistakes people make while dieting:
- Eating too infrequently. You’ve heard it before – “don’t skip breakfast!” Many nutritionists advise not to skip such an important meal as breakfast. But the truth is, all of our meals are important, as they keep the body feeling nourished and help to sustain our energy throughout the day. Oftentimes dieters think they are “saving calories” by skipping a meal, and it will result in weight loss. But unfortunately, when the body is hungry and feels like it did not get enough food, it goes into “starvation mode” thereby preserving body fat for protection. So do your body a favor, and eat as many as 6 meals a day, in smaller proportions, because believe it or not it is healthier to eat smaller meals more frequently than 3 larger meals.
- Being Inflexible: Some dieters stick to a very strict amount of food for the day. But sometimes, our bodies need to have flexibility. The amount of food that may have worked for you over the last 5 days, may no longer seem like enough today. And that’s OK! This goes back to the point above. When your body is hungry, you need to feed it. Allow yourself the flexibility of having a bigger appetite some days, or you may find yourself binging in the end.
- Eating “low fat”: Many dieters have been told by doctors for years that fat is bad for you, and a low fat diet is the best way to lose weight! But that’s not entire true. Good fats are actually essential for the production of hormones, metabolic functions, skin health, immune health, and many other things. Look for fats that are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3s. Some examples of good fats are nuts, avocados, olive or coconut oils, and fatty fish. A diet balanced with the right kinds of fat will allow you to feel better and maintain your weight longer than a “low fat” or “no fat” diet.
- Water Consumption. Many of us forget the importance of incorporating water into our diet plan but it’s crucial! Not drinking enough water can leave you feeling hungry and dehydrated. You want to drink at least half of your weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, make sure you are drinking at least 70 ounces of water each day.
- Excessive Exercise. Exercise is a great way to burn fat and lose weight. But, many dieters get ahead of themselves and spend hours at the gym to get fast results. The problem is, you don’t want to burn more calories than you are consuming. In fact, when exercising, people tend to eat more so they don’t burn their fuel for the day.
Eating healthy and maintaining your weight can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! The more informed you are, the better choices you’ll make for your weight loss journey.