When it comes to weight loss sometimes a lack of success can lead you to try things that you shouldn’t.
Not only are some of these approaches ineffective, but some can be dangerous too.
If you are contemplating a diet that involves skipping meals, cheat days or low-fat foods then perhaps you should think twice.
Here are 5 other diet tips that are best avoided.
#1: Cutting all fat from your diet
It was once believed that all fat was bad, and that to lose weight you need to cut it completely from your diet.
However, research in recent times has found that it is a lot more complicated than that, and that while certain fats are best avoided, there are others that you should eat.
There are both good and bad fats, and unsurprisingly you should fill your diet with good fats while avoiding the bad.
Good fats include those found in fish, nuts and olives. They all contain omega-3, which offers numerous health benefits.
The fats to avoid are those that have been refined, these are found in vegetable fats and can be damaging to your body.
#2: Eliminating carbs from your diet
Again, there are certain diets that advocate the elimination of carbs entirely from your diet.
This is not something I would recommend as carbs are essential, and provide much needed energy as well as a host of other benefits.
What you need to avoid are that bad carbs, which are those that have been over-processed, such as white breads and pastas.
These processed carbs are quickly digested, due to a lack of fibre so will cause a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash that leads to further cravings.
Instead your carb choices should be those that are rich in fibre, such as whole grains for example.
#3: Too many cheat meals
I would recommend the occasional cheat meal, as it can help to avoid becoming too bored with your diet. However, if you are not careful then you could end up over-indulging.
You should aim to eat healthily for at least 80% of the time, the final 20% can be allowed for treats.
Any more than that and chances are you will be consuming many more calories than you would expect, potentially more calories than you are cutting during the healthy eating.
#4: Skipping meals
To lose weight you need to be consuming fewer calories than you need, otherwise a calorie surplus will result in weight gain.
With this in mind it makes sense that skipping meals and therefore cutting calories is a good idea, right?
Well, this is not the case as what will happen is your body will think that you are starving so will go into a sort of ‘starvation mode’ where your metabolism will drop.
As your metabolism is now lower you are not able to burn off as many calories, so weight loss will stall.
You will also find that your body will start to break down muscle for energy rather than using your fat reserves, so your metabolism will drop even further.
Finally, your metabolism will remain low for a while, even after you start to eat healthily again. So not only will your calorie intake increase, but you are less able to burn off these calories.
#5: Eating clean
To lose weight you should try to eat as healthily as possible, but as stated above already if you are not giving yourself the occasional treat you will soon get to the point where your cravings will be out of control.
When this occurs chances are you are going to overindulge, which will ruin any previous good work you have done.
To avoid this occurring I would allow yourself an occasional indulgence. Just make sure this treat is portion-controlled.