Are You Making Any of Them?
Trying to lose weight but it just won’t come off? Dieting like crazy but going nowhere?
Or worse – maybe you’re actually gaining weight?
What exactly are you doing wrong?
Losing weight can be challenging. And it’s even worse if you’re making mistakes that sabotage your diet.
In fact a lot of people are making these 3 common diet mistakes that make you fat.
So if you’re trying to lose weight – but have hit a rut – here’s a list of the 3 worst diet mistakes you’ll want to avoid in order to get that weight loss started again.
Diet Mistake #1 Eating The Same Thing Every Day
Eating the same thing over and over every day will quickly sabotage your diet. Why?
Sure it’s boring – but there’s actually a physiological side to it. Our bodies actually need a range of different nutrients found in different foods.
So your body will actually physically start to demand that you give it different foods by sending you cravings.
You might blame yourself, thinking that you just couldn’t stay on the diet or that you had cravings you just weren’t strong enough to ignore.
But what you didn’t know is that your body physically needed different nutrients for survival. That’s why you ended up craving food other than what was on your diet.
How do you get around this?
Eat a variety of foods every day. Change it up. Don’t eat the same old grilled chicken breast with salad every night or before long you’ll be ditching your diet in favor of more interesting – and fattening – foods.
Diet Mistake #2 Not Eating Foods That You Like
No diet is sustainable if you can’t stick with it over the long term (in a modified maintenance version).
So thinking that you’ll be ok eating food that tastes like cardboard for the rest of your life is just not realistic.
Can you imagine if you actually enjoyed EVERY meal you ate? You probably wouldn’t be tempted to overeat – since you’d be satisfied.
And here’s what often happens when we don’t actually like the taste of the foods that we eat – we end up overeating them (and often gaining weight)! Why? Because we hope somewhere along the line, the food will start to taste better.
Obviously you can’t lose weight eating chocolate bars and cupcakes at every meal. But you also won’t lose weight (or keep it off) eating food that is one grade above shoe leather.
Avoid this mistake by making sure you eat foods you like – even if that means you eat lower calorie versions of them.
Enjoying your food will also give you the emotional sustenance you need to stay on the weight loss plan until you reach your goal. So don’t be afraid of eating food you enjoy on your diet – just get a lower calorie version.
Diet Mistake #3 Having Too Much On Your Plate
No, I’m not talking literally here. I’m talking about taking too much on in your life – including your diet plan.
Most people break their diets because they’re trying to do it all themselves. They shop for the food, spend hours preparing special “diet” meals, measure the portion sizes or count the carbs themselves.
And they do this on top of trying to work, look after kids, run their household, walk the dog…it’s just too much.
And when your child is crying or you’re late for that work deadline, guess which part of your life gets sacrificed? Your diet!
That’s not to mention that when we get stressed with too much on our plates, the cortisol our bodies release also puts on weight – even if we don’t end up sabotaging our diet plan!
Admitting you need help is not a bad thing – it’s actually very smart. Successful dieters don’t have any more willpower than the rest of us – but they are smart planners.
They plan ahead by having healthy food on hand at all times. They plan their meals or they get a diet meal delivery service to do all the food prep and calorie counting for them. Smart planning – and not trying to do it all yourself – is what ultimately gets you to your ideal weight.
So those are 3 common diet mistakes that make you fat. Are you making them? You’ll see faster weight loss results if you eat a varied diet every day, eat food you like and get help where you need it. You can do it! Good luck!
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