What are some of the biggest dieting mistakes people often make? Working as a fitness coach I have come across multiple mistakes which are easy for people to make. With this article we want to stop people from making the mistakes before they happen.
One thing to get out of the way early. When we refer to the word “diet” it means anything you are currently eating. Some people only refer to diets as something with a fancy name or 10 week eating plan. Your diet is whatever you are consuming on a daily basis.
You might have a new years resolution or an overall goal to eat healthier. This advice is really for anyone. There is so much information out there arguing what diet is the best one. When it comes down to it you need to find a diet which is sustainable over the long run, is balanced and provides the right nutritional values.
Our top 4 Dieting Mistakes To Avoid
1. Program Jumping
Some people on the quest to find the ultimate diet will jump around from diet to diet. Additionally, one of the major issues is that you never actually give a diet the chance to succeed even it does have to potential to work for you.
Individuals that make this error often get a high or adrenaline rush from starting something new, when they don’t see immediate results or get bored they switch to the newest trending or fad.
In most cases this will have no benefits on leading a healthy lifestyle in the long run.
2. Unsustainable Diet Plans
Have you heard of the term yoyo diet? If you ever do run and run fast! These are the crash diets which promise a ton of weight loss in a short amount of time. They may come in the form of greatly lowering your macro-nutrients to amounts close to malnutrition or crazy cleanses.
With these diets you probably will lose weight fast! But then just as fast as you lost the weight you will put it back on when you come off the diet because these diets are not sustainable over the long run.
3. Unrealistic Expectations – setting the bar to high
We are all for setting big goals! But you have to tread carefully between big goals and unrealistic goals. Often times when people set unrealistic goals they become upset or frustrated and this can pull you away from trying in the future. Set realistic goals that are measurable and track able.
4. Being Inconsistent
As a trainer I always stress the importance of balance. So something like the 80/20 rule would be perfect right? Be great 5 days of the week than totally let loose on the weekends!
This may sound like a great idea, but if you overly indulge you can undue a lot of the hard work you put in during the week and will not see the results you are looking for. When trying to lose weight it’s a balancing equation. you must burn more calories than you consume. So if you were great during the week but then still went into a caloric surplus on the weekends you will simply not lose weight.
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