Monday, March 23, 2009

7 Dieting Mistakes

A PictureYou've started a new diet. You've been good all week, making sensible meals, managing your portions, even exercising a little...then the weekend hits. You eat too much. You drink too much. You give up.

Not so fast! A couple of slip ups won't undo all your hard work. The key is to know the dieting pitfalls you're likely to make and plan ahead to avoid them.

Here are the top seven dieting mistakes. How many are you making?
  1. Skipping breakfast.Research shows that people who don't eat breakfast actually weigh more than those who do. There's a mistaken belief that if you skip breakfast, you're saving calories. Problem is you end up snacking and eating more at other meals because you're body is so starved for food. Always begin your day with a healthy breakfast. Black coffee, an egg, whole wheat toast and a half grapefruit has only 250 calories and will stave off hunger pangs till lunch.
  2. Too many liquid calories. Did you know that a regular soda can pack on 15 pounds in one year? Not to mention lattes, fruit smoothies and alcohol. These liquid calories do little to satisfy any hunger and the calories add up fast.
  3. Not exercising. If 30 minutes is too much to even think about, start with 10 and see how it goes. If exercising is a drag to you, try something fun like bowling, playing ping-pong, or dancing. The idea is to get moving and have so much fun you'll stick with it.
  4. Using extreme diets. These don't work and can be very detrimental to your health. When you deprive your body of food two things happen: your metabolic rate slows down to make up for few calories and your desire to binge increases. In addition extreme dieting may lead to the bloating of fat cells, shrinking of muscle cells, accumulation of toxic fats and fatigue. Rather than thinking "diet" think lifestyle change.
  5. Mindless munching. Even if it's not on a plate, it still counts. A couple of cheesy crackers before dinner, test-tasting a sauce, finishing food from your kids plates while washing dishes, all adds up to more calories. On average figure 25 calories per bite. Do that 4 times in a day and you've just added 100 extra calories to your waistline without even realizing it.
  6. Going overboard on low fat. It's psychological. You pick a low-fat snack and you justify eating more of it because it IS low fat. Research backs this up. More food, even if it is non- or low-fat still means more calories.
  7. Not taking vitamins and supplements. In a perfect world, we'd get all the nutrition, A Picturevitamins and minerals from our three perfectly balanced daily meals. Truth is, few of us do. Even if you think you're eating right, modern food processing can deplete whatever nutrients were in the food originally. That's why many take daily vitamins and supplements. While it's important for everyone, it's especially important for those who are trying to lose or maintain weight. It starts with a good, high-quality multivitamin. For those seeking weight loss support AND total health, nothing beats Apple Cider Vinegar Plus™, which is a proprietary formula fortified with green tea for calorie burning and energy.
As quickly as the pounds add up, they can also come off. The key is knowing what your pitfalls are and how to avoid them.

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Anonymous said...
March 24, 2009 at 4:44 AM

That's a good list and far too many people make those mistakes. There is no special diet or magic pill that's going to make someone thin and sexy over night.

It all comes down to burning more calories than you eat and increasing your metabolism.

Exercise is key and I would recomment some resistance training. Even some light weight lifting will increase lean muscle mass which will help people burn more calories 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

dhimas said...
March 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

very good, a nice review

Colloidal Silver said...
April 25, 2009 at 5:37 AM

Great examples, there are so many mistakes that people make when dieting. Sometimes its hard to find which dieting method works best for each individual.

shercyramos said...
August 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I find your article very informative. I thought I would immediately lose weight by skipping breakfast, well, I stand corrected. It's even your first diet mistakes. I agree that not eating breakfast just increased my craving for food and I actually end up eating more!

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