3 Common Dieting Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

Aug 08, 2020 07:53 AM EDT | By Dana C.


There are many dieting mistakes you can make, just as many as the dieting questions you may have: Are fats bad? Are all carbs bad? Is it possible to eat too much protein?

There is so much conflicting nutrition information out there. It becomes easy for people to make unhealthy dieting mistakes without realizing it.

Many myths related to health, especially to losing weight, tend to be riddled with dieting mistakes. These could lead to sabotaging your efforts.

Fortunately, you can easily avoid these diet blunders if you know better. So we're here to help you find out which are the most common dieting mistakes so you never have to make them.

Not Eating Enough Fat

The notion that 'eating far makes you fat' is the most common misconceptions when it comes to dieting. But some fats are good, like dietary fat the helps in balancing hormones and supporting brain and cardiac function, a Harpers Bazaar article said.

Fat also helps give flavor to your food, which is exactly why manufacturers tend to add sugar or salt to low-fat products. This could lead to more problems as sugar is the biggest factors in weight gain.

To avoid this mistake, take a close look at the labels of your low-fat food. Make sure they aren't putting in extra sugar into your diet.

You can also stick to the health forms of monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, almonds, peanut butter, and avocados, Eat This advised.

Skipping or Limiting Meals

According to Food NDTV, skipping a meal can slow down or confuse your metabolism, hampering on your weight loss goals. This is most especially true for breakfast.

Sleeping for 8 to 9 hours can be considered fasting, and skipping the first meal of the day will lead you to eat or crave more on the next meal. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that people who miss breakfast eat a lot more food later on in the day than those who eat breakfast regularly.

To solve this problem, eat a high-protein breakfast. It is the key to managing ghrelin levels, according to research. Eating an egg or adding nuts to your cereal can make a big difference to your appetite control.

Cutting Out Entire Food Groups

Many popular diets require people to let go of entire food groups. Some people have to cut out grains, dairy or meats.

The problem with this plan is that is becomes too restrictive and can make a person lose motivation.

It can also lead to some nutrient deficiencies. According to nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, a person needs consume a balanced diet that provides the basic amount of proteins, fiber and fats.

The worst you can do to your body is depriving it of the essential food groups - carbs and fats included. Even if your goal is to lose weight, you still need to have them in your system to function properly.

Unless you are allergic to a certain type of food, be wary of plans that ask you to ditch important food groups. Stick to the basics of a balanced meat and be mindful about what you eat.

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