Common Mistakes with Dieting
You may have tried all types of weight-loss diets. You huff and puff in the gym and still don’t manage to knock out those extra pounds. So where exactly are you going wrong? Are you making any of the following diet mistakes?
It leads to over- eating during lunch because you’ve been starving yourself. Have a healthy breakfast to give you the energy to start your day.
Crash diets do not last long and crash big-time! There is no magic formula to lose weight in a jiffy. Crash diets do not constitute a proper balanced diet, but keep you low on energy, as well as irritable.
SUBSTITUTING WITH ENERGY BARS
These bars are sometimes loaded with artificial sweeteners that can be harmful to your body in the long run.
You feel good about yourself that you workout religiously. But when you’re at work, you constantly eat at your desk. Whether it’s a bag of chips, chocolate-chip cookies, a generous piece of a colleague’s birthday cake or guzzling cups of coffee. This unchecked snacking is unhealthy.
Delayed EATING, POST EXERCISING
It is important that you don’t starve yourself for a long period after a workout. You need to replenish your body for the wear and tear it has been through during the workout. Eat a healthy meal when you get hungry.
NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
This will only get you dehydrated, which leads to your metabolism slowing down. People who drink enough water tend to burn more calories. It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of fluid every day. (water and unsweetened ice teas) Coffee and alcohol dehydrate the body. Tip: Have a bottle of water at hand and sip regularly.
ELIMINATING DAIRY PRODUCTS
Cheese, ice-creams and chocolate milkshakes are not signs of a healthy diet. However, eliminating dairy products altogether is not a wise decision. Your body needs calcium to strengthen your bones, especially if you workout religiously. Calcium is largely derived from dairy products. Opt for low-fat milk, feta cheese and low fat, natural yogurt instead.
IF YOU EXERCISE, YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING
Just because you exercise regularly doesn’t mean you can feast on junk food all the time, without worrying. Exercise won’t benefit you much if you stuff your body with garbage. Exercise alone is not sufficient; you need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet comprising whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Skipping carbs completely from your diet is unhealthy. Your body needs some amount of carbohydrates for a good workout. Include whole grains based foods like whole wheat bread to maintain that carb-quotient.
There are more than enough carbohydrates in vegetables to meet your daily requirements.
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