From healthy weight loss programs to fad diets, there are plenty of options out there today for shedding those extra pounds.
However, even with all the dieting tips available, if your jeans are still snug, you can’t get the weight off, or you do and it piles right back on, then you’re probably at the end of your rope. It could be that you’re making some of the most common mistakes that dieters make. Not sure what those mistakes are? Let’s find out.
Relying on Crash Diets
Crash diets not only fail 90% of the time, but they can also be dangerous to your health. Even though you feel you need to drop those 10 extra pounds fast, this is not the way to do it. Crash diets involve slashing calories to a bare minimum. You’re basically starving yourself and training your body to slow down your metabolism. The biggest flaw to this is once your diet is over and you are back to eating normally, you gain back the weight because your body is metabolizing slower.
While skipping breakfast may seem to be the best and simplest way to cut calories, in reality, it just drains you of energy and makes you super-hungry all day. In fact, studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast are often at the best bodyweight of their lives.
Not Keeping Track of Your Snacks
You’re counting calories the right way, but not counting the times that you nibble on snacks between meals. That can come back to haunt you in a big way. The bag of pretzels at your desk that you nibble on all day, the spoonful of your son’s ice cream, and even the hand full of chips you grab while cooking all add up to calories that aren’t being counted and add back the pounds.
Never Snacking at All
Not snacking at all can sabotage your diet as quickly as too much snacking can. It is said that people who have several small snacks during the day are actually maintaining a better body weight than those who don’t. Snacking on high protein foods such as a handful of nuts is a great way to stave off hunger, and meet your weight-loss goals as well. Healthy snacking means you’re not starving when you sit down to eat a meal, so you’re less likely to overeat.
Drinking up the Calories
Many dieters don’t realize that drinks contain calories as well. Flavored coffees and even alcoholic beverages can contain over 500 calories apiece. The calories in your fruit juice and sodas can add up faster than you think too.
Not Drinking Enough Water
This is one of the most common and also one of the simplest dieting mistakes to fix. Drinking water should be an easy thing to do. Water is key to shedding those pounds. If you let your body become dehydrated, your metabolism starts to drag, and that slows down the weight loss process. Drink the required number of glasses of water a day to help lose weight and be healthier as well.
Try simply adding a glass of water with your meal or snack, or even carry a bottle of water around with you during the day to sip on when you’re thirsty. You might be surprised at the weight you lose and how much better you feel.
These are just a few of the most common mistakes to avoid when you’re trying to diet. From not drinking enough water to not snacking at all during the day, avoiding these mistakes will help you meet those weight-loss goals pretty quickly.