It’s so common to see people go on extreme diets and quickly lose several kilos, only to gain all the weight back after a few months! They then go back on the same diet. This endless cycle of dieting and weight fluctuation can harm your body greatly – right from your metabolism and skin to your body functions.
Having done a fair bit of study in the nutrition space, I suggest you start by defining your weight loss goal.
If you aim to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way, then ensure you’re not making these rookie mistakes that only lead to short-term results:
1. Eating Fake Healthy
Ordering salads and snacking on energy bars and fruit juices isn’t the best way to get started on a new diet.
Salads slathered in caesar dressing contain too much fat. Moreover, salads usually lack the carbohydrates you need to fuel your body and control hunger pangs.
On the go products like protein/energy bars, and tetra packed juices, may seem convenient, but contribute to a large part of your daily calorie intake.
The solution? Make your own healthy salad (dressed in olive oil or lime) and eat fresh fruit instead of processed ‘healthy’ snacks.
2. Pulling Too Many All-Nighters
Most people who start strong on a diet plan usually combine it with a workout regime, which is great. But you can’t make the best of it unless your body is well-rested and gets sufficient recovery time from your mental and physical activity.
By staying up late, your body remains tired and your mind gets stressed (which in turn, could lead to midnight binge eating!)
3. Skipping Meals
Everyone’s made this mistake one time or another.
Whether you’re skipping meals to fit into that tight dress or to hit your target weight, it’s the worst dieting mistake.
In order to keep your metabolism running high, you must eat every 2 to 3 hours. This will even help manage binge eating and portion control.
4. Cutting Certain Food Groups Altogether
Fad diets such as the General Motors diet and juice cleanses end up making one food group the enemy, thereby cutting it out entirely from your diet.
Most of the times, carbs are made out to be the devil. Carbs are your main source of energy and should be a part of every meal.
Without carbs, your body will be forced to use other sources of energy such as breaking down muscular glycogen, pushing your body into a state of ketosis.
This can lead to fatigue and slower metabolism, defeating your weight loss purpose. Every meal should have balanced proportions of all macronutrients (carbs, proteins and fats).
5. Being Too Hard on Yourself
Feeling deprived is a classic sign that you won’t be able to stick to your diet for long. You don’t have to completely stop eating potatoes, rice, or even sweets, to lose weight, so don’t give yourself a tough time for making a slip up.
What you should do is learn to practice moderation.
Take it from someone who has abundantly made all these rookie dieting mistakes!
Dieting needs to be associated with nutritious eating, rather than eating to lose weight. If you eat to give your body the right nutrition, weight loss will be an added bonus.
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