Top 5 Dieting Mistakes to Avoid!
24/06/16Back to articles
In the ever-growing world of health and fitness, the topic of diet has never been more hotly debated. Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Herbalife - the options and variations are endless (and, in all honesty, rather confusing). The irony of the situation is that most people are quick to set up a training programme but neglect the importance of getting their diet in check.
Over-thinking your diet can almost be as counter-productive as under-thinking it, so it's certainly a tricky balance to strike. Fortunately, we're here to help. We've come up with what we reckon are five dieting mistakes to avoid at all costs when sorting out those eating habits:
TOO MUCH - TOO FAST:
So, you want to lose weight? Better cut those calories, right? Well, we're not going to argue against science, but the mistake people tend to make is dropping calories way too low early on. As an example, if you typically need 2000 calories a day to maintain your weight, it's not going to be beneficial to slash these say in half to 1000. While this might sound great on paper, and you'll certainly lose weight initially, your body will adapt to the lower calories and your progress will slow.
This leaves many dieters with nowhere to go, as you'll need to drop calories to an obscenely low level to continue to see the number on the scale go down. We advise starting with a smaller deficit to start with, giving to plenty of wiggle-room as you get further into your journey.
COMPLETELY CUTTING THE CARBS:
Now, this might ruffle a few feathers, but contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy. There's certainly the conception out there that eating carbohydrates is a sure-fire way to gain weight – but this imply isn't the case. The truth is that carbs are vital for staying energised and fuelling your workouts.
Now, we're not suggesting eating a full loaf of bread before training, but carbs should definitely be used as a key tool in maximising your gym time. Drop carbs completely and you'll find yourself tired, lethargic and not much fun to be around!
RESTRICTION, RESTRICTION, RESTRICTION:
Just because you're on a 'diet' doesn't mean you can never enjoy the foods you love ever again. Banning certain foods or eliminating them completely from your diet is just setting yourself up for failure. A good diet needs to be a lifestyle as opposed to a quick-fix, the odd meal out at a nice restaurant isn't going to undo all your hard work.
Stick to nutritious whole foods for the most part and throw in the treats you like every now and again. The easier your diet is to maintain, the more consistent your results will ultimately be.
With so much said about the importance of diet, you'd be forgiven for seeing it as something of a holy grail. Get your diet in check and the weight will drop off, right? Well, your diet is one piece of a bigger puzzle. Dieters have a tendency to be rather fickle, many become demotivated if they aren't droppings lbs by the day. Stay consistent, set realistic targets, and you'll reach your goals. Giving up is the worst thing you can do.
NEGLECTING LIQUID CALORIES:
Just because you don't have to chew it, doesn't mean its calorie free. Of course, we say that in jest, but many people do tend to forget to make note of the calories they're drinking as opposed to eating.
Things like fruit juices and smoothies, whilst considered 'healthy', are often full of sugar and will quickly add to your daily calorie total. Sugary drinks in general offer 'empty' calories and shouldn't form the basis of any diet. Stick to good old h20 throughout the day to remain hydrated.