It’s the start of a new year! That also means it’s dieting season. When the new year arrives, many people set out to improve their health by making smarter meal choices.
This is, of course, a positive goal. However, to boost your odds of success, it’s important to avoid making certain common dieting mistakes. They include the following:
Assuming a Diet is a Temporary Change
People often make the mistake of assuming they can lose weight and boost their overall wellness by changing their eating habits on a temporary basis. This almost never yields the results they want in the long run. Initially, a temporary diet could potentially help you shed some pounds, but once you go off the diet, the weight will simply come back. In fact, 95% of people who lose weight as a result of temporary diets end up gaining it back.
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It’s much smarter to set the goal of adopting healthier eating habits you’ll stick to throughout life. This highlights another important point: you have a better chance of dieting successfully if you focus on making realistic improvements. You might not be able to cut out unnecessary sugar forever, but you can reduce your sugar consumption by drinking water instead of soda or juice.
Eating Far Too Little
If you want to lose weight, you might assume that you need to follow a simple formula. The fewer calories you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, right?
To a point. However, if you consume a very low amount of calories in a day, your body will actually go into starvation mode. It essentially clings on to its fat to prevent you from losing any more weight. This will slow your progress. On top of that, calories simply provide you with energy. You won’t truly be healthy if you’re not eating enough. Once again, you should instead strive to consume a realistic amount of calories every day.
Not Being Specific
You’re not alone if you want to lose weight. A survey reveals that approximately half of Americans share your goal. The problem is, that goal is fairly vague. You need to be more specific if you want to optimize your dieting plan. Instead of telling yourself you want to lose weight, determine specifically how much weight you want to lose, when you want to lose it by, and perhaps most importantly, what specific and practical steps you will take to do so.
Cutting Out Entire Meals
It’s no secret that dieting isn’t always easy. There are many reasons this is the case. One is the simple fact that counting calories and being mindful of how much you’re consuming with every meal is challenging. Thus, instead of trying to eat low-calorie meals, some dieters try to take a shortcut by skipping meals altogether. You might naturally assume that you don’t need to think too much about how many calories you’re having during lunch and dinner if you skip breakfast. Unfortunately, when you skip meals, you’ll likely become so hungry that you end up overeating later.
Don’t let any of the information here discourage you! It’s entirely possible to lose weight this year. Doing so will simply be easier if you don’t fall prey to these mistakes.