5 Diet Mistakes
1 – Snacking On Sports Nutrition Products
These are nutrition product so they must be healthy, right? Not so fast, sports nutrition products — like
gels, energy bars, even jelly beans with extra electrolytes — aren’t meant to tide you over between meals. They’re meant to keep elite athletes going during intense workouts. People think of these things as “health foods”, but they’re actually very concentrated sources of sugar and carbohydrates. They’re not
meant to be nutritious. They’re meant to be fast-burning fuel for the long, intense training sessions. When those carbs aren’t burned during a workout, “They get stored as fat.”
Fast Fix: Reach for snacks with a healthier balance of protein, healthy fat and carbs, like nuts and raisins, apple and cheese slices. Snacks like these, are digested more slowly so they’ll hold you between meals and won’t get stored as fat like excess carbs.
2 – Swapping Ice Cream For Frozen Yogurt
That’s exactly how we get lured into the new frozen yogurt bars that have sprouted up recently, offering dozens of flavors and toppings, usually the calorie amounts on display at these places are for a small serving of plain vanilla yogurt. However, if you believe you’ve got extra calories to play with and fill a container to the brim then top it off with crushed cookies and chocolate syrup, you can actually end up with a lot more calories than anticipated.
Fast Fix: Stick with a small portion – even a kid’s cup — of vanilla or “original” unflavored yogurt, this will keep the calories low. Then, if you want toppings, just add fresh things like berries, which are lower in
sugar and calories than candy toppings. — NO syrupy –
3 – Snacking On 100-Calorie Snack Packs
Snack packs are tempting because they seem like a guilt-free way to indulge in junk food. After all, 100
calories is nothing. But with these snack packs you really do get “nothing” because there is absolutely no nutrition, We’ve come to think of snacks as sugary, salty treats, but they’re actually meant to help us fit in all of the recommended servings of produce, dairy and grains — things we don’t always get at meals. That’s why you want to choose snacks that contribute to your nutritional needs and don’t just provide sugar and sodium. Those kinds of foods can cause wild swings in blood sugar that can leave you feeling hungry again fairly quickly. That leads to even more snacking, which can end up sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Fast Fix: Create your own healthier portable snacks, two a day are ideal.
Good choices: Peanut butter on celery or a hard-boiled egg.
4 – Going Out For Cocktails
Alcohol can be very damaging when you’re trying to lose weight. Why? First off, it’s basically liquid sugar,
and the calories (240 in a dirty martini!) tend to go right to your belly, plus, some kinds of alcohol, particularly, red wine and beer, can actually increase your appetite .Let’s face it all of us have indulged in a late night kebab.
Fast Fix: Pick a drink, like white wine, that doesn’t stimulate appetite, but limit yourself to one, and skip
dessert and other fatty foods to compensate for the extra calories in that cocktail.
5 – Multi-Tasking While You Eat
We pride ourselves on being able to juggle several things at once, but treating meal time like one more
thing to cross off the To Do list can lead to overeating. Why? There’s no satisfaction. We end up mowing
through whatever is on our plate, but we don’t remember eating so we tend to eat more.
Fast Fix: Disconnect from the electronics when you’re ready to eat. Even if you have to stay at your desk, shift your chair so you’re not looking at your email. Our bodies want to have a sense of acknowledgement and
satisfaction, and we don’t get that when we don’t use all of our senses to engage with our food.