People generally don’t get a happy, bubbly feeling from the word diet. Many people think of miserable people who are dying to eat something. While this article will be using the word diet, it won’t be talking about overly restrictive eating plans.
It’ll instead be referring to the general way that you’re eating.
Diet Myths: Busted!
There aren’t any magic tricks when it comes to slimming down. People who aim for instant results may make some progress in the short term, but they won’t be long lasting. If you really want to lose weight, you need to focus on changing your lifestyle, not following a fad diet. You want to be able to maintain any changes that you make.
Some people think eating healthy means saying goodbye to their favorite foods. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
You can diet and still eat your favorites. The key is to control your portion sizes.
Eating a smaller serving of a calorie packed food is enough to help you lose weight. You can also treat certain foods as a special occasion meal.
You have to remember that the calories consume add up. If you barely eat all day, but then load up on food at night, you’ve consumed just as many calories as you would if you ate healthily throughout the day.
Pigging out at night can also cause indigestion, heartburn, and can make your metabolism sluggish.
No matter how much people may praise a certain type of food or product, you shouldn’t stick with something that doesn’t work for you.
The key to dieting is to keep it simple and to eat foods you still enjoy.
Diet Mistakes You Should Avoid
1. Guzzling Down Diet Beverages
Your favorite diet soda may not have any calories, but it still contains sugar or a sugar substitute. Drinking a sweet soda will make your body want more sugary substances.
After you finish your diet drink, you’re more likely to crave candy bars or other sugary snacks.
They may seem like a way to treat yourself without causing problems, but they can lead to a number of mistakes.
2. Cutting Out Fat Completely
You may have bad associations with the word fat, but fat isn’t your enemy. Don’t focus on the fat itself, and instead pay attention to the kinds of fat that you’re eating.
You should avoid saturated fats and trans fats, but other types of fats are actually quite healthy. Try to enjoy these healthy fats in foods like fish, nuts, and seeds.
3. Ignoring the most important meal of the day
Skipping breakfast is incredibly easy to do. Many people don’t have much time to eat in the morning, and may not feel hungry until later in the day. Passing up breakfast can seem like an easy way to cut calories.
However, breakfast kick-starts your metabolism. If you skip it, your metabolism will be slower throughout the day. This can make it harder to lose weight even if you’re making healthy choices.
4. Paying extra for “health foods”
Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are healthy foods. Processed foods with health buzzwords printed all over the packaging aren’t.
Many people see these words and think they can eat as much as they like, but “fat free” treats are often packed full of calories, usually by adding more sugar.
Always pay attention to the label, and don’t pay extra for something just because it claims to be healthy.
5. Filling up on fruit
Yes, fruit is nutritious. It’s packed full of vitamins, and makes a great healthy snack. However, fruit should be consumed in moderation. Many fruits are full of natural sugars, which can lead to cravings for sugary foods throughout the day. Keep eating fruit, but limit your servings.