8 weight loss mistakes we make
You may think going on a diet is a piece of cake (pun intended), but there are actually many ways in which it can go wrong. Take a look at some of the traps people may fall into while on a diet.
1. Not eating enough
People tend to think you need to eat less in order to lose weight, so they skip a meal without batting an eye. However, this stops your body from getting the nutrients it needs to function properly, and could actually have a negative effect on your diet. Rather, focus on high-quality foods filled with nutrients. By substituting the sugary and fatty foods you eat with high-fibre and high-protein options you’ll eat fewer calories yet still feed your body.
2. Focusing only on weight
One of the biggest mistakes you can make during a diet is by measuring your success by how many kilos you lose. Success comes in many different forms, and not everyone drops weight quickly. Simply by learning to say yes to healthier food, eating balanced meals, exercising regularly, and feeling more positive and confident about your body are also measures of success, not just the numbers on your scale.
3. Cheat days
One of the most popular aspects of diets is the so-called “cheat day”. Cheat days are used as a way to stay motivated during a strict diet and involve having a day “off” from your diet when you can eat things you usually aren’t allowed to on your diet. But these “cheat days” aren’t a good idea, entire days of eating what you want can trigger you to get off track and break healthy habits.
Another potential problem for dieters is that posed by alcohol. When drinking alcohol, people forget to count how many calories they are ingesting, which could be a lot. One glass of wine alone can add an extra 100 calories to your meal. This adds up over time and slows down your rate of weight loss.
5. Too many rules
Diets are already difficult enough without adding even more rules to them. When dieting and weight loss get taken too far, it can actually be bad for your physical and mental health and sap the joy right out of life. It also makes it easier to give up your diet if it is too strict. Strict diets can also do the opposite of what you expect it to do – causing you to be depressed, tired, and suffering from food cravings.
6. Choosing “low-fat” or “low-sugar” foods
While it may make sense in your mind to switch to a “low-fat” or “low-sugar” product, research has shown that eating these products leads to eating more calories because these products lack fibre and protein. Therefore, it is better to eat smaller portions of the real thing. Eating small amounts of real products triggers your brain to acknowledge that the treat was satisfying and fulfilling, but that’s enough for now.
7. Not drinking enough water
A lot of people don’t drink enough water. Drinking more water is one of the easiest ways to improve your health, and drinking enough water or eating water-rich foods such as salads can decrease how much you eat during your meal. A lot of people think they are hungry when they are actually just thirsty. The easiest way to get yourself to drink more water is to keep a bottle of it close by so that you don’t have to get up to get a glass of water. You’ll reach for it more when it is right by you.
8. Denying yourself
Surprisingly, by not denying yourself “cheat foods” your weight loss will be sustainable. The trick is to eat your desired food whenever you want, but based on the principles of mindful eating. If you don’t forbid yourself certain foods, it’s more likely that you will avoid overindulging. This is where the concept of clean eating comes in.
At the end of the day, most diets are just a waste of time and unhealthy, which is why you need to practice mindful and clean eating. You are now part of the Yoxa Health Tribe and we are here to give you all the advice, tips, and tricks of healthy living, along with any support you may need. Losing weight in a healthy manner takes time, but we are walking this road with you, so you don’t have to feel alone.