As any dieter knows, there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there about diet and exercise – not all of it good. The worst part is that some of what you read can actually sabotage your weight-loss and make you fatter! Let’s separate fact from fiction and look at seven of the most common mistakes dieters make.
Mistake #1: Cutting too much fat.
Many dieters believe that the less fat they eat, the less they’ll have on their body. What they don’t realize is that fats are important because they make us feel satiated and support regular body functions.
Fat is also digested rather slowly, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Eat too little of it and you could find yourself snacking ,more frequently but feeling unsatisfied. Plus, many fat-free foods contain a surprising amount of sugar to improve their flavor, and sugar can lead to even stronger cravings. Instead of cutting all fat from your diet, try consuming Instead of cutting all fat from your diet, try consuming nuts, olive oil, reduced-fat dairy products and salmon. These will fill you while supporting your health.
Mistake #2: Cutting too many carbs.
Like fats, carbs have a place in a healthy diet. If you dramatically cut your carb intake, you might notice a quick initial weight loss. This is water weight. When your muscles store carbohydrates, they also store water. When you burn through these carbohydrate stores, you also secrete the extra water. The pounds you lose in this fashion will be quickly regained when you start eating carbohydrates again.
Carbs are an important energy source. They also promote a sense of well-being. The secret is to eat a reasonable amount of complex carbohydrates like those found in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds nuts, and beans and avoid simple sugars like soda and candy. They are a source of empty calories and will only increase your cravings for more sweets.