5 popular dieting mistakes to avoid

Crash Diets
If you are determined to lose weight fast, you’ll most likely turn to a crash diet. Some popular ones ask you to “eat” nothing but grapefruit or cabbage soup each day. You cut your daily calorie intake to less than 1,000 {very unhealthy BTW} and voila! The extra weight seems to melt away. But here’s the catch: eating very few calories trains your metabolism to slow down. And once the diet is over, you are left with a slow metabolism that burns calories slowly and the pesky weight climbs back up. Avoid crash diets.

 

Skipping Breakfast
Going without breakfast seems like a simple way to cut down on calories, but it leaves you hungry and peckish the rest of the day. This may lead to unplanned snacking and eating a giant lunch! This sends your daily calorie count flying. Instead aim to eat a breakfast high in protein and fiber. This will curb hunger throughout the day. In fact, studies show people who eat breakfast every morning are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Never skip breakfast.

Losing Track of Your Snacks
Do you count calories at every meal? How about all those biscuits and sweets you nibble on when you are feeling peckish?  Mindless munching adds up and could sabotage an otherwise well-planned diet. If you’re serious about counting calories, you may want to use your smartphone or a notebook to keep track of every bit of thing that goes into your mouth. Well, not “everything” obviously, but you know the culprits I’m talking about. Don’t lose track of your snacks.

Not Snacking at All
While mindless snacking can add to your waistline, thoughtful snacking may do just the opposite. People who eat several small meals and snacks a day are more likely to control hunger and lose weight. Snacking helps keep your metabolism in high gear, especially if the snacks are protein-rich. Munch on a few nuts,  a good, high-protein choice. Research suggests people who snack on nuts tend to be slimmer than those who don’t.

Loading Up on Low-Fat
Low-fat products can play an important role in your diet. Just remember that low-fat isn’t the same as low-calorie, and it’s not a license to take second and third helpings. If you pile your plate with low-fat cake, you may end up eating more calories than if you had a smaller slice of regular cake. The best way to know how much fat, sugar, and calories you’re getting is to check the nutritional label.

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