- Skipping breakfast.
This is one of the most popular mistakes for staying slim. By starving yourself at the start of the day when you’re expending so much energy, you’re giving your body nothing to run on and it immediately thinks that food is scarce. This means it clings to fat stores, unsure of when the next feed is coming. Also skipping meals often leads to bingeing on the next meal as you are so hungry and feel justified, as it’s the only thing you’re eaten that day. Make sure you start the day with something healthy like fruit and porridge.
- Liquid diets.
These never work! The diet market may be flooded with them but a shake from a can or a powder is never going to be a good substitute for food and drinking shakes won’t create a routine that is going to be sustainable. Not only do they leave you feeling consistently hungry and dehydrated but they often lack the essential vitamins and proteins which your body needs to stay strong and healthy. When you stop drinking them and go back to real food the weight you lost piles back on. You end up asking yourself whether it was really worth the effort.
- Cabbage Soup Diets.
This diet has been around for 30 years and is still popular today with dieters. By eating nothing but cabbage soup for weeks, the weight -loss can be dramatic and dangerous, also known as a crash diet. But before you get to excited, that weight loss is mostly water which will go straight back on and muscle, we don’t want to lose musle! One major side effect of this diet is chronic wind, so you won’t be much fun to live with while you are on it. Bear in mind, any diet that allows one single food to be consumed is going to be bad for you and will not help you lose weight in the long term.
- Diet Pills.
These are readily available on the internet and all claim to make you feel full, curb the hunger pangs and help the weight fall off. Sounds to good to be true. In reality they are expensive and can be dangerous and they won’t work. High blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, insomnia and depression are just some of the reported side effects from taking diet pills. Not to mention the diarrhea stomach pains and wind. You won’t find these pills endorsed by any health organization and there is a good reason for that.
Fasting is another way of saying you’re starving yourself voluntarily. Your body will not understand what is happening so it will use up its stores of glucose before moving onto breakdown essential protein, but fastening does not help you burn fat. You will start to feel lightheaded and nauseous almost like you’re drunk. You will also feel exhausted with the lack of energy you have. Even those who fast for religious reasons only do so during daytime hours. The numbers on the scales may be smaller but because you’re losing water and muscle and not fat, the numbers will only shoot up higher when you resume eating.
- Low-Calorie Ready meals.
Found in supermarkets across the country these fast and convenient low-calorie meals are tempting for those on a diet who run out of ideas and are looking for a quick solution. From low-calorie chicken curry to free fat
pizza, these meals maybe tempting because they offer your favourite dishes with half the calories, but often that’s not the full story. A quick read of the labels reveals that they are often loaded with salt and sugar and their definition of a single portion may not be what you’re used to and so they can often leave you feeling hungry afterwards. Nothing will replace freshly cooked food for taste and health benefits.
- Atkins and Carb-free Diets.
Still a popular diet even after its heyday. It requires you to cut all carbs from diet and is particularly restrictive when you start the program. This means, no bread, no pasta, no fruit, no vegetables and no juice. However plenty of proteins and fats are allowed.
This diet, like all fad diets is just not practical and nutritionally balanced to make it a sensible healthy choice. Following an Atkins diet you dramatically reduce your intake of vitamins and minerals. Also you increase the amount of saturated fat you consume which can lead to heart disease or stroke.
- Weighing yourself everyday.
It’s important to monitor your weight by tracking the losses or gains you have made so you can gauge how your diet is going. However weighing yourself everyday will only lead to demotivation and get you down. It’s more important to monitor how you feel and keep a record of what you’re eating and what exercises you’re doing rather than obsessing about the numbers on scales. Weight gain can ruin your day and destroy your confidence when you just need to be patient and stay on track. Be sensible and weigh yourself once every other week or once a month.
- Putting off your diet.
If you’re serious about losing weight get started straight away. Don’t binge today with the promise that you’ll be better tomorrow, that’s the sign of a diet which isn’t going to work because it sounds like a diet built on depriving yourself. Try to perceive a diet as a healthy option and an improvement on what you’re eating today. If it’s too radical and strict, chances are you will fail, but if it’s balanced, nutritious and allows for the occasional slip-up, its likely to be a diet that you will maintain for a long time and it will be successful.
- Dieting without exercise.
If you’re serious about your diet, then you need to do regular exercise 3 to 4 times per week to help your body increase the its metabolism and tone the muscles, which means that the meals you eat will be burning quicker than just dieting alone. Also dieters who incorporate real exercise into their lives are more likely to keep the weight off. Eating less and doing more always works.
Written by: Peter