It can take some time to learn the ins and outs of successful eating, but if you put in the time and effort to develop healthy habits and hit your target weight, it will be well worth it.
We’ve talked a lot about what a diet should be. Today we’re going to shift gears a little and talk about what you shouldn’t be doing on your diet.
In a quest to get healthy while making minimal effort, far too many people overlook some things they may already be doing that are getting in the way from the results they want to see.
Let’s uncover these mistakes once and for all.
1. Omitting All Carbohydrates
Many people who hear that eating carbs is what causes fat gain immediately think that they need a lower carb diet, but they’re missing some key details.
Cutting all carbs is a big mistake for a number of reasons.
First, you need carbohydrates for energy during intense exercise. If you plan on following any sort of workout program or are involved with recreational team sports, a low-carb diet is not going to do you any favors.
You’ll hit a point of fatigue almost immediately and won’t be able to continue. The body needs glucose as a fuel source during physical exercise, and there’s no way around that.
Second, carbohydrates are also going to have a stronger overall influence on your metabolic rate than other nutrients.
If you cut all carbs from your diet, don’t be surprised if your metabolism starts crashing, making further fat loss difficult if not impossible.
To sustain a higher metabolic rate, meaning you’ll burn calories all day long, you must be eating carbs at some point or another.
You don’t need to go high-carb, but you can’t cut them out and eat only fat and protein.
Carbohydrate-rich foods, the best ones like whole grains and vegetables, provide an excellent dose of fiber, which is a must-have in any diet plan.
Not only that, but they are loaded with important nutrients that your body and brain need to function optimally.
Cut carbohydrates, and you will sacrifice your health. Instead, learn to choose your carbs wisely.
2. Black and White Thinking
Throughout the day, are you labeling all of your food choices as good or bad? Are you thinking of yourself as either a failure or a success, with no middle ground?
If you make a mistake, accept it and move on. That’s all you have to do. As long as you pick yourself back up immediately, it won’t hinder you that much.
It’s only when you let a small mistake turn into a huge lay-off from your diet plan that you are going to experience a severe set-back. For example, if you have a sugary pastry for breakfast, don’t use it as an excuse to eat a bad lunch, dinner and evening snack.
Don’t expect perfection from yourself. Expect maximum effort. That’s what is most important.
3. Not Staying Accountable
Finally, the last mistake that many people make as they go about their diet plan to get lean is they aren’t keeping themselves accountable.
A little bite here, a little bite there – it all adds up, but most people fail realize just how much.
They think that it’s not really going to make that big of a deal, so they sneak in that half a sandwich or piece of cookie left on the plate in the break room.
These little nibbles could easily add up to 200-400 calories by the end of the day, and that could completely wipe out the calorie deficit you were creating with a low-calorie diet plan.
In that scenario, you would now be maintaining your body weight rather than losing any stored fat.
If you want to truly guarantee success, the most important thing that you must do is track your calorie intake. Make sure you measure out the foods you are eating so that you can get a very good idea of what constitutes a serving size, and then don’t sway from this.
If you eat extra, make sure to add it to your day’s total.
If you sneak in a snack, even one cube of cheese or handful of potato chips, write it down.
The better you keep yourself accountable on your plan, the better the progress you are going to see.
There is a number of factors that must always be looked at when setting up and carrying out a diet because in many cases, just one small error could really mean that you side-step progress entirely.
Pay attention to your actions, and if you aren’t seeing the results you were hoping for, making some adjustments.