If you are trying to lose weight you’ve probably heard your fair share of diet tips and tricks that supposedly will help you shed those unwanted pounds quickly. While some may sound reasonable and legit, there are others you have to take with a grain of salt.
Here are 4 common diet mistakes people make when beginning their weight loss journey:
1. Eliminating snacking. A healthy snack can help maintain steady blood sugar levels, which keeps your appetite in check and your energy stable. Skipping a snack can cause your blood sugar to dip, leaving you moody and famished—and more likely to overeat at mealtime. Choose snacks that offer a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats—like apples with peanut butter, or carrots with hummus.
2. Not eating fruit because it’s full of sugar. It’s true fresh produce is full of sugar and carbs but it’s also full of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals and it’s rich in fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream. When you’re craving sugar, there’s no debate that a handful of grapes is healthier than a hot fudge sundae.
3. Believing that the latest XYZ Extreme Diet works for everyone. Actually, there’s no single diet that works for everyone; our biochemical needs are different. Find a plan that works for you. Gender, age, genetics, metabolism, and lifestyle can all play a role in weight loss—so even if a fad diet has worked for others, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results.
4. Not allowing yourself to have flex meals. If you relax your eating rules, you’ll be more likely to stick it out long-term. It keeps you from getting stressed—and stress is a huge obstacle in weight loss. Just plan your splurges ahead of time so you’re not giving in to every temptation that crosses your plate.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?