It’s the most common complaint of any dieter. I’ve been REALLY good but I’ve still not lost weight! All too often, a simple solution is right under our nose and we still miss it. So here are our top slip-ups that can top you reaching your fitness goals.
Not counting liquid calories
It can be easy to forget that drinks can be laden with calories. But you can follow a strict calorie controlled diet for as long as you like but if you drink cans of coke, large milky coffees and beer every week, you aren’t going to see dramatic results.
Soda, alcohol and energy drinks are among the worst culprits for diet sabotage. Check the calorie content of your drinks, and if in doubt, just stick to water.
Cutting out key food groups
Diets that offer quick results are often based on cutting out a whole food group. Carb free, fat-free and sugar-free are among the most common. The problem with these is they aren’t sustainable in the long term.
You need a balanced diet, or your body won’t pull energy from the places you want. Every meal should contain carbohydrates, fat and protein. By incorporating all of these groups into a calorie controlled diet, you will fuel your body effectively and find it much easier to keep the weight off.
All too often people think that the less you eat, the more you’ll lose. But you can have filling meals and snacks without eating too many calories. Leaving yourself hungry will just deplete your energy for exercise, and make your body conserve calories. Eating well will make you much more likely to turn the “diet” into a healthy lifestyle long term.
Prepare for hunger striking and have snack packs of almonds or chopped peppers handy to keep you going for your next meal.
Eating low calorie but low nutrition foods
The diet industry is booming. On most supermarket checkouts, there is a range of “healthy” snacks marketed at dieters. Be wary of heavily processed, low-calorie foods. Often, they will not keep you feeling full, and won’t provide your body with any real nutrition. Homemade, fresh food will keep hunger at bay and provide you with nutritious fuel.
Not incorporating exercise
While a healthy diet is essential to losing weight, exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Cardio is a sure route to fat burning. Running, swimming and cycling are all great ways to fast track your weight loss goals. But weights and resistance exercises will also help you to create lean muscle, too, which in turn helps the body use up fat stores efficiently.
Many exercises also improve posture, so you’ll look like you’re in even better shape.
Not counting the little things
If you are someone that often pinches a little bit of this and that, you need to start counting it in your calorie intake. From a bite of a colleagues birthday cake, too frequently taste testing the dinner you’re cooking, little things can all add up.