7 Most Common Mistakes in Weight Loss

Do you feel like you have been dieting and exercising forever but are still stuck at the same weight?

The weight loss industry is a very lucrative one.

It is packed full of miracle solutions that are quick fixes to our problem.

It is a multi-million dollar industry thanks to the thousands of people who buy into the belief that these products are the answer.

Statistics shows that each year, $60 billion is spent on weight loss.

There are smarter ways to lose weight.

But in the meantime, avoid these common pitfalls in weight loss.

 

Mistake #1 Healthy Diet is Expensive

 

The first mistake is believing that eating healthy involves spending a lot of money.

It is a fact that healthy organic food costs more than grabbing a quick burger and French fries.

However, in the long run, as your unhealthy eating habits catch up to you, you will find that your medical bills will drain you financially.

This can be prevented by investing in healthy eating now.

There are cheaper and healthier alternatives to popular fast foods.

For instance, instead of eating a pack of greasy fries, slice up some potatoes at home, dip them in olive oil and coat them with black pepper and salt, and bake them.

They are a healthier and tastier alternative that will not have you breaking into a bank.

Another myth is that frozen and canned vegetables have fewer nutrients than fresh produce.

Canned and frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh produce, but cost less.

 

Mistake #2 Weight Loss Will Happen Quickly

 

One common mistake is to think that there is a shortcut to weight loss.

Weight loss is not for the fainthearted as it requires a lot of determination, focus, discipline, commitment and hard work to shed off those pounds.

Over the counter fixes such as popular green tea extracts are associated with numerous side effects and other options include pills that are ineffective at helping you lose weight.

What’s more is that if you did manage to shed roughly three pounds every week, you would only be increasing your chances of developing gallstones.

Also, a diet that involves less than 800 calories in a day would lead to serious health repercussions including heart problems.

 

Mistake #3 You Think That All Carbs are Bad for You

 

Assuming that all types of carbohydrates are bad is another common mistake that you could easily make.

Low ‘carb’ diets have been very popular over the last few years.

Although results can be seen, they are only short-lived.

Research has shown that low carb diets have no advantages over well balanced diets.

It also showed that the long term decreased intake of carbohydrates has harmful side effects such as impaired physical activity, sudden death, increased risks of cancer, heart problems and osteoporosis.

On the other hand, including carbohydrates that contain a lot of fiber such as brown rice and cereal can boost your chances of weight loss.

Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, thus reducing the amount of calories would typically eat per day.

 

Mistake #4 Thinking “Fat-Free” and “Low-Fat” is actually Fat Free and Low Fat

 

Another common mistake is thinking that the terms “low fat or “fat free” mean that there are fewer calories.

What they do mean is that the food has less fat.

To make up for the fat, manufacturers will add sugar to increase the taste of the food.

Research has proven that a lot of foods that are marketed as “low fat” are just as unhealthy as full fat because of the artificial sugar that is added.

 

Mistake #5 Thinking that Liquids are Calorie Free

 

Disregarding the amount of calories you get from liquids is another mistake you should avoid.

Popular drinks such as hot chocolate, juice, smoothies and milkshakes contain anywhere between 200 and 600 calories.

By reducing the intake of such drinks, or avoiding them altogether, you can improve your weight loss results.

Swap these drinks for a refreshing glass of water instead.

 

Mistake #6 Skipping Meals

 

Skipping meals is one other mistake you should avoid.

People often wrongly think that if they skip a meal, then they are consuming fewer calories in a day.

What you may not know is that when you skip meals and starve yourself, you are communicating to your body that it is going into starvation mode.

This will cause your body to hold onto whatever fat it can, thus keeping the pounds on longer.

Furthermore, skipping one meal will only cause you to overeat at the next one due to hunger.

 

Mistake #7 Disregarding “Little Things”

 

The last mistake often made in weight loss is not factoring in the little things.

These may include salad dressings, extra pizza toppings, coffee creamer and guacamole.

A few tablespoons of some of these things can amount to 150 calories.

Take enough of them in a day and you will have a hard time budging that weight.

Most of the time, we do not even see these ingredients in the meals we order.

You can counter this by being aware of what goes into your meals.

If need to, be specific when you make your orders at restaurants to ensure that you are not taking more calories than you need to.

A great weight loss tip is this – burn more calories than you consume.

If it is the other way around, you will be stuck at the same weight for months, or even worse, you could add more.

Eat well balanced meals, exercise regularly, stay positive and you are well on your way to a healthy weight and fit body.

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