Are You Making These Diet Mistakes?

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easy to get confused as to what actually helps and what doesn’t. There’s a lot of outdated and conflicting information out there, which leads many dieters to make common mistakes that keep them from reaching their goals. Avoid these to stay on track and keep shedding those pounds.

  • Not eating enough fat – When the first U.S. dietary guidelines came out in 1980, fat was considered something to avoid. Obesity rates continued to climb for 20 years as the diet industry stuck to that idea, but it turns out, fat wasn’t the problem. Forget the outdated advice and embrace healthy fats, like the ones found in olive oil, almonds and avocados.
  • Not eating enough carbs – Keto may have you believing all carbs are the cause of weight gain, but not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbohydrates, like sugar, white pasta and white bread can spike blood sugar and lead to weight gain, but cutting your carbs too low can sabotage weight loss efforts. Instead, focus on complex carbs like beans, oats and sweet potatoes that are loaded with nutrients.
  • Being too restrictive – Some dieters assume drastically cutting more calories will lead to faster weight loss results, but that’s not how it works. Registered dietitian Jim White explains, “When you’re not eating enough calories, your metabolism can slow down, you don’t have enough energy for workouts, and you’re more likely to binge eat.”
  • Treating all calories the same – Counting calories can be an effective way to lose weight, but your body doesn’t process all calories the same. Someone who eats 15-hundred calories of chips, brownies and soda won’t drop pounds like someone who eats 15-hundred calories of lean protein, whole grains and veggies.

*Blog  by Jennifer Steele. Listen, follow, and play along with Jennifer Steele here.