Diet Mistakes that are Sabotaging your Weight Loss Efforts

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 24, 2014

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Weight loss does not come easy, especially not when you are making all these diet mistakes that you should not.
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    Quit a Diet that Does NOT Work

    If you are dieting and not losing weight, there are at least 10 reasons why that is happening and all, unfortunately, are related to your diet itself. Experts say that the truth behind dieting that doesn’t work is that even when someone is really dieting, they may be taking more calories than they ever did. This is because there is some sort of a disconnect between what we know about losing weight and what we should do to lose weight. For starters, let’s see if you are making these common diet mistakes.


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    Trying to Finish Eating ASAP

    You will not be thinner or fatter if you finish your meal fast. There is no reward whatsoever for finishing a meal unless you are participating in a contest. Rapid eating is an unhealthy habit that we have all taken up to as a result of out hectic schedules. It is important for you to savour what is on your plate, feel the taste of every bite and get signals from your brain before you are already overeating.

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    Trading Food for Liquid Calories

    Dieting does not mean avoiding eating food and drinking whatever your throat pleases. Liquid calories are the most drunk by dieters and these include smoothies, alcohol, sugar, cream and sweetened juices, sodas and teas. A recent study showed that Americans get about 21 percent of their total calorie intake from beverages. Switch from beverages that have lots of calories in them to water, skim milk, club soda, and small portions of 100 percent fruit juice. Drink alcohol in moderation.

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    Skipping Breakfast

    Researchers have shown through their studies that skipping breakfast makes people weight more than those who eat breakfast regularly. One of the biggest misconceptions that dieters have is that skipping breakfast or any meal for that matter, will help them to save calorie intake. Science has it that those people who avoid certain meals of the day tend to eat more calories that what they would otherwise have eaten throughout the day. Make sure that you do eat three meals  day and never miss breakfast.

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    Over-sized Meals

    Eating at restaurants for most part of our lives has made us more comfortable at the sight of huge portion sized than small ones that we generally eat at home. This trend has got us to serve ourselves bigger portions of food, which can thereby, make us put on more weight than reduce. Experts suggest that you must try to leave few bites on the plate, use plates that are small in size and check the portion sizes periodically with the help of measuring cups.

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    Eating Mindlessly

    A lot of us try to clean others' plates one's ours is over in an attempt to avoid wastage, but when you are dieting it is important to checking your waistline instead of trying to keep a check on how much food is being wasted. When small portions of the food on your plate get multiplied, they add more calories.

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    High-calorie Toppings

    Having a base of boiled vegetables salad is no fun till you put a layer of cream on top of it. Now, this attitude will take you no where. You have got to earn that perfect waistline because with such dieting techniques you will never see yourself slimming. You have a choice here, either go with a low-fat cream topping or nothing at all.

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    Overloading on Fruit Juice Consumption

    Drinking fruit juice when you are dieting may seem nice because for one, fruits do not have so many calories as a hamburger and two, they are natural. But, the truth is that fruit juice is not what it looks like. It is just a little bit more of water mixed with sugar and fruit concentrate. Yes, in most fruit juices, there isn't  a real fruit, but chemicals that taste just like fruits.

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    Not Reading Through the Labels

    When you are dieting, you should not just read through the words on the label of food, but read through them. A lot of manufacturers of high-sugar foods mislead people through the labels on food products. Because a lot of people do not know much about nutrition, they fall into the trap. The real deal is to read about the different ingredients that make up each food item. Yes, that would be strenuous and time-taking, but it will reduce your waistline.

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    Binging on Whole Wheat

    Awareness about the ill-effects of refined wheat has been dramatically portrayed in the media, but that does not mean that whole wheat is healthy. Whole wheat that is sold in the market is not really whole, if you take a closer look. The grains that make up the whole wheat that is sold in the store are first pulverized to make very fine flour, which makes the grain to be rapidly digested. This can spike blood sugar levels just as fast as the refined wheat does.

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