Remember when you promised to #getfit2016? Yea, me too. How’s that going?
A lot of people start dieting seriously, but very few are able to achieve the desired results. Even when they think they are doing everything right, things don’t go as they plan and they are often left wondering, “What am I doing wrong?”
To get an answer to this question, you should know about some common mistakes people make while dieting…
1. Skipping meals
Many people feel that when they are dieting they need to stop eating, so the obvious thing for them is to skip meals. In reality, this is the worst thing you can do. Skipping meals actually triggers your body to accumulate more fat because your body feels that the food is in short supply and it needs to start stocking. Further, it slows down your metabolism. The best thing is to have light meals, around 5-6 in a day, at regular intervals.
2. Drinking too much of fruit juice
People feel that fruit juice is a healthier option, so they tend to have them without restraint. In reality, most of the fruit juices are devoid of dietary fiber and are basically providing you with calories which you drink up pretty quickly. That’s why it is always better to have a whole fruit rather than its juice.
3. Changing lifestyle too suddenly
Most of the times, people just suddenly plan to change their whole lifestyle in one day. So one day they are indulging in cheese loaded pizzas and sinful chocolate desserts, and the next day they embark on their ‘dieting journey’ and shift suddenly to salads and soups. Such sudden lifestyle changes leave you craving. Ultimately, in a few days you succumb to temptation and all your dieting plans come crashing down. So the key to success is to start gradually so that the changes in lifestyle are permanent.
4. Having a wrong concept of calorie count
When people go on dieting, they know that they have to cut down on their calorie intake. So many people feel that instead of eating a full portion of their favorite fatty food like chocolate brownie, they should eat a quarter to cut down on the calories and thus achieve the desired results. Eating less would ensure that you eat fewer calories but when you are targeting weight loss, you can’t go about eating fatty foods. Fat is fat even if you eat less. It will accumulate in your body, thereby sabotaging your dieting plans.
5. Choosing wrong types of food
Fresh fruits and vegetables are your best friends while you are dieting. You can’t achieve success with your dieting if you keep choosing the wrong type of food which doesn’t provide you with proper nutrition. Remember, your body still needs all the vital nutrients so all you need to do is to cut on fat. You can’t munch on low-calorie, sugar-free products available in the market and call it successful dieting. So choose smartly and eat fresh healthy meals with minimum oil and fat.
Think positive and stay motivated. Don’t take your eyes off your goal and one day you’ll surely reach your desired weight through successful dieting and healthy living.