Five Common Diet Mistakes


1. Restricting too many calories
Cutting down on calorie intake is certainly a good way of losing weight, but if you try to reduce it by too many, it’s not always so beneficial. If you’re trying to eat 800 calories or less per day, your body might not be able to cope with it. As well as lacking in energy, eating fewer calories slows down your metabolism. Although you may be able to eat like this in the short term, it’s not a healthy long term option and, once you’ve finished your diet, the weight will come back on.

2. Skipping breakfast
Many people assume that if you skip a meal, then you’ll automatically cut down on the amount you eat each day. Breakfast is often the natural choice for a missed meal, but completely skipping a meal doesn’t do you much good in the long run. By mid morning, hunger pangs usually kick-in and it’s hard to resist high fat or high sugar snacks. In contrast, if you eat a healthy breakfast, it can help you keep going longer and not need to snack.

3. Eating low fat snacks
These days, there’s a whole host of low fat snacks available, from cookies and crisps, to crackers and chocolate bars. Although an occasional low fat snack is nice, eating too many of them can ruin your diet.

4. Setting unrealistic goals
It’s good to set useful weight loss goals, but having unrealistic targets can cause frustration when you’re not able to reach them, or at least not as quickly as used imagined. Losing weight quickly isn’t healthy and researchers suggest people who lose weight at a slower pace are much more likely to keep it off. So set yourself realistic goals, for example of losing one to two pounds per week.

5. Not giving yourself treats
If your favourite food is a chocolate bar, cake or a packet of crisps, stopping eating them can be hard. Whilst some diets do promote ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, there’s no harm in occasionally giving yourself a treat and having your favourite indulgence. It can help your morale and reduce the pangs….just remember to eat it in moderation.

By Rachel Newcombe

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