If you have made the decision to lose weight then you have no doubt decided that eating well will go some distance to helping you to achieve your goal.
Unfortunately, there are a few eating mistakes we will make that will derail our efforts and lead to us quitting our new healthy eating regime. Read on to find out what these mistakes are and how we can avoid them in the future.
#1: You are not eating enough protein
When attempting to lose weight through healthy eating it is important that you are consuming enough protein.
The reason why protein is important is that it is slow to digest so will keep you feeling full for longer than normal.
It also releases its energy slowly so will not cause any spikes in your blood sugar levels, which when they fall will result in further food cravings.
Finally, protein is important for maintaining and growing muscle mass.
When you lose weight it is a common occurrence for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. However, by consuming protein rich foods you can put a stop to this.
#2: You are eating large snacks
We will all feel hungry between meals from time to time, and it is acceptable to want to resolve the issue by eating a snack.
The problem is that if you eat a snack that is quite large then it will end up becoming another meal rather than simply a snack.
The next time you are feeling peckish between meals, make a conscious effort to choose something low-calorie, perhaps some fresh fruit or a handful of nuts just to resolve the cravings.
#3: You are eating salads
To lose weight you most certainly do need to be living off salads.
Of course some salads are low in calories but then once you start adding the extras like the salad dressing or the croutons, the cheese or other bits and pieces the seemingly healthy meal starts to look less than healthy.
#4: You are avoiding carbs
These days no carb or low carb diets are very popular, but they may not be the best for you in reality.
The truth is that we need to be eating carbs as these help to provide you with the energy you need to function. You just need to make sure you are choosing the best types of carbs.
Certain types of carbs, usually those white in colour (for example white rice or pasta), are quickly digested by your body, which will result in an initial blood sugar spike followed by a crash.
When this occurs you will likely crave even more of these types of food.
I would suggest eating carbs made from whole wheat instead.
#5: You don’t allow yourself any treats
When dieting or attempting to lose weight it can be tempting to cut out all of the treats and foods that you love. However, while this maybe good in the short-term, you are unlikely to stick to the diet.
The reason being is that this restrictive diet will leave you feeling deprived and likely wanting to give up on your healthy eating efforts.
Personally I would recommend that you allow yourself these treats, but to make sure they are an occasional treat rather than a regular occurrence.
#6: You try all the fad diets
Have you ever wondered why there always seems to be a new fad diet being launched? Could it possibly be that they only work for a short amount of time?
If you see a diet that drastically cuts your calorie intake or restricts entire food groups then walk away. They are unlikely to result in long-term results and could potentially be dangerous.
A healthy diet will include all types of foods, even those unhealthy ones. Stick to a diet 80% healthy, which will allow yourself 20% for treats and you will soon start to see some good results that you should be able to maintain.