5 Dieting mistakes we make

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Mar 24, 2017
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  • Dieting is regulating one’s food intake for the purpose of improving one’s physical condition.
  • Some people avoid the common dieting mistakes.
  • Skipping breakfast and not drinking enough water is wrong.

Dieting is regulating one’s food intake for the purpose of improving one’s physical condition, especially for the purpose of reducing obesity, or what is conceived to be excess body fat.

 

Diet mistakes

 

People try multiple diets in name of dieting but many a times nothing seems to work. Some manage to stick to a rigid diet for a few days, but crack before the week is out.

 

Though some people avoid the common dieting mistakes such as skipping breakfast and not drinking enough water, but something still seems to be wrong.

 

Here are 5 dieting mistakes that one might not realise they are making but one of these could be the key to why attempts to lose weight aren’t succeeding.

 

Monotonous diet

Many dieters fall into the trap of working out a few “good” (nutritious, easy-to-prepare, low calorie) meals, and rotating between them on a daily or weekly basis. Diet plans often encourage this monotonous behaviour. But the problem is most of us; get pretty bored with eating the same thing day-in-day-out. If your brown-bagged lunch is exactly the same as it was for the last four days, you’re going to be much more tempted to visit the nearest fast food joint. So the only solution is to go for variety. Include different coloured vegetables and fruits in your diet. This will not only help in removing monotony but will also control calorie intake.

 

Replacing meals with formula drinks

Whole foods like whole cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables are the main source of nutrients in our body which helps in normal and healthy functioning of our organs. These whole foods provide us many antioxidants and phytonutriets that no formula diet or capsule or any kind of health shake can replace. In short we can say that like success healthy living and weight loss do not have any shortcuts.

 

Impulse eating

This is also one of biggest dieting mistakes and it’s a tricky one to guard against; eating on impulse. Maybe one of your colleagues has brought in a gorgeous birthday cake, perhaps you’re making tea and your hand reaches for the cookie jar without you really noticing. When you find yourself reaching for food that you’ve not planned to eat, stop. Don’t ban yourself from having foods, but do stop and think about it.

 

Worrying about waste

Have you ever had eaten something because you “didn’t want it to be wasted?” Whether it’s finishing up the kids’ leftovers, or eating out those small portions of food that was left when everybody finished eating; that unneeded food is just as wasted as extra pounds on your body as it would be if it ended up in the garbage. Eating unnecessarily is a common and the biggest dieting mistake we make. Respect your body and don’t treat it like a waste disposal bin.

 

Energy bars or replacement drinks

There is no substitute for whole foods. Your body needs the wide variety of phytonutrients and fibre found in real fruits, vegetables and whole grains. No "meal replacement" bars or drinks provide the variety that nature does. Use these convenience foods only when necessary. Increase the intake of dried fruits and nuts rather than having them processed and pressed into a bar.

 

Belief that exercise will take care of the extra calories

Many people exercise to lose weight but they need to keep track of what they eat if they want to lose weight. It is very easy to make up for calories burned with a single extra 'treat' after your workout. To lose weight, controlling your diet portions and choice of food are equally important. Eating too less or too much after exercise is equally dangerous.

 

 

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