When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, many people overestimate the importance of exercise and underestimate the importance of what they eat. While it is true that exercise can help you lose weight as exercising will burn calories, it is far easier to have the self discipline to say no to unhealthy food. Otherwise, you will have to spend hours in the gym running on a treadmill to burn off what you have eaten.
Therefore, a healthy diet is the most important factor of weight loss. However, people looking to lose weight make many mistakes when it comes to dieting. Have a look at the top 5 dieting mistakes which people make:
1. Crash Diets
Crash diets sound great in theory, but in reality the concept doesn’t work. Sure, you might be able to lose weight by radically cutting your calorie intake, but when you start to revert back to the way you usually eat, you’ll put all the weight back on and can even gain more weight.
With crash dieting, as you are consuming so few calories, your body is unable to tell the difference between your new diet and starvation. Therefore, it will slow down your metabolism to ensure that you still have energy, making it even harder to lose weight.
2. Skipping Breakfast
For some reason many dieters think that skipping breakfast is an easy yet effective way to lose weight. The only problem with this is that you are far more likely to consume the calories you missed and can consume even more calories later in the day. Without knowing it, you can eat larger portions simply because you are hungry. Furthermore, skipping breakfast makes your body store fat rather metabolizing it which is of course bad for weight loss.
Next time you are tempted to skip breakfast, remember this – a study discovered that people who consistently eat breakfast are slimmer, have healthier diets and are also more active.
Eating something, anything, within an hour after waking up can boost your metabolism by 10%. Therefore, eat healthy foods such as low fat cottage cheese with fruit, or oatmeal sprinkled with nuts in the morning rather than skipping breakfast.
3. Additional Calories from Drinks
Many dieters focus so much on cutting their calorie intake from food, that they forget about the calories they consume from beverages, which is one of the most common dieting mistakes.
Drinking soft drinks on a daily basis will only hinder your weight loss efforts. Drinking alcohol is even worse. While it might make you feel good for a couple of hours, you are only harming your chances of losing weight. Alcohol is just empty calories (they have no nutritional value) and can relax your willpower meaning that you are more likely to give into temptation when the opportunity to eat unhealthy high calorie food presents itself.
4. Not Snacking Enough
You might have had to take a second look when you saw that not snacking enough is one of the top dieting mistakes people make. It’s seems logical that the more you eat, the more weight you will put on. However, this is only because people hold the belief that snacks are unhealthy as when they hear the word snack, they think of junk food like crisps, chocolates, and biscuits. However, nutritional snacks can actually be a dieter’s best friend, because eating more often can help you consume fewer calories.
It is therefore recommended to keep a constant supply of healthy snacks in your purse or in your pocket to make sure that you are not tempted to order large portions or raid the vending machine whilst at work.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
One of the biggest dieting mistakes people make is not drinking enough water. Not only is water able to give your skin a healthy glow but it can also help your weight loss efforts as well.
As your body has a hard time telling hunger from thirst, the next time hunger strikes, drink a glass of water instead of eating and notice how your hunger subsides. It is also recommended to drink water before every meal as Virginia Tech researchers discovered that 75 fewer calories are consumed each meal when this is done.