When it comes to dieting, it is crucial to know what helps and what hurts your weight loss.
Despite your best efforts, you just can’t seem to shake of that extra weight. Well, here are 12 of the most common dieting mistakes that everybody makes and how you can overcome them.
- Following Crash Diets
One of the biggest mistakes – and we all make it – is trying to lose all of the weight NOW. The obvious solution is to follow an intense crash diet for a few weeks. While this might help you lose a few quick kilograms, it also slows down your metabolism. What this means is that when the diet is over, your body won’t be able to burn calories as fast as it should, resulting in stagnant weight or even weight gain.
- Not Eating Breakfast
Putting off eating for later in the day seems like an easy way to reduce your daily calorie count, but it can lead to becoming extremely hungry later in the day, which usually leads to overeating or constant snacking.
If you eat a healthy breakfast of protein and fiber, you can stay fuller for longer and avoid unhealthy snacks and overeating. It can also help you feel more energized throughout the day and help you be more productive!
- Not Tracking Your Snacks
You might be counting every single calorie that you eat at meal time, but what about the snacks in between? And that cookie you get with your coffee-to-go? And what about the coffee itself? We often forget that all these little things can add up and eventually send our calorie count soaring! The best way to make sure that you keep track of your calories is to get a notebook or an app on your phone where you document EVERYTHING that you eat.
- Eating No Snacks At All
Whilst unhealthy snacking may cause you to pack on weight, the right snacks might actually help you lose weight! The best way is to plan your snacks so that they form part of your total calorie intake for the day, and then eat them strategically between meals to prevent yourself from becoming too hungry by meal time. Good snacks are things like nuts, fresh fruit, or fresh veggies such as carrot sticks or celery.
- Going Overboard on Low-Fat Food
Low-fat does NOT mean low-calorie, and it’s not a license to take a second and third helping. Be very mindful of the calories in low-fat food by reading the label carefully, as stacking up on these foods may actually cause you to eat more calories than you would with well-portioned regular food.
- Sipping Up the Calories
A big danger is forgetting to count the calories in what we drink. This can be especially dreadful to your diet when drinking things like sugary soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Even things like fruit juices or fancy coffees may contain loads of sugar, which makes your calorie count climb quickly!
- Not Drinking Enough Water
This is one of the easiest diet tricks, yet so many people don’t do it. When you don’t drink enough water, you become dehydrated. When you are dehydrated, your metabolism slows down, which means less weight-loss. The best is to add a glass of water before, and during each meal. Strive to drink about 1.5 liters of water per day.
- Ditching Dairy
Many dieters believe that full-cream dairy is a sin. The fact of the matter is that ditching dairy might actually slow down your weight-loss. Research suggests that the body can burn more fat when it has enough calcium, but calcium supplements do not appear to provide the same benefits as the real thing.
- The Drive-Through Dilemma
The drive-through is an alluring option when you’ve spent the whole day working. It is quick, relatively affordable, and leaves no dishes to be washed afterwards. But is this convenience worth it?
There are few things that makes you put on weight as quickly as fast foods. They are jam-packed with calories and have very low nutritional benefits. Keep your drive-through dinner dates to a minimum, and when you do decide to do it, opt for the healthier choices on the menu, don’t upsize, and steer clear of the soft drinks.
- The Daily weigh-in
Weighing yourself everyday causes nothing but frustration. Your weight can vary from day to day, so it is best to weight yourself on a weekly basis. Your goal should be to lose a steady 0.5kg – 1kg per week.
- Having Unrealistic Weight-Loss Goals
It is good to be positive, but setting unrealistic goals will only lead to disappointment. The best way to reach your goal is to decide what you want to end up weighing, and then breaking it up into monthly, and then weekly targets. When you have done this, only focus on your week-to-week targets, and use your end goal as motivation.
- Not Getting Exercise
Without exercise, all of the pressure of weight loss is put upon your diet. Exercise helps you burn calories, which means you can burn fat and lose weight. The ideal exercise routine includes cardio as well as resistance training, as this combination can unlock the best fat-burning potential in your body. Try and exercise at least 4 times per week, for at least 30 minutes.
Increase this as you become fitter to keep up your weight loss and replace fat with muscle.
Follow the program in the Manna Weight Loss e-book and you can be sure to lose those unwanted kilograms.
By taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal, you can be sure to curb food cravings and to eat less.