Top Three Common Dieting Mistakes

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Find out if you’re committing the most common dieting mistakes.

Most people would do anything to lose a few extra pounds — diets, trips to the gym and joining all kinds of sports programs. Of course, there are the few lucky ones who don’t have the seemingly perfect figure still have a complaint or two about their bodies. Sometimes, diets, workouts, endless aerobics, tae bo, and badminton sessions still aren’t sufficient in getting us the desired look we aim for. What are we doing wrong? Is the exercising not enough? Is there a flaw in our dieting techniques? Find out if you’re committing the most common dieting mistakes:

1. You skip breakfast and other meals

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when they diet. Skimping breakfast is definitely a bad idea–whether you’re on a diet or not. Skimping breakfast slows down your metabolism and conserves the fat as the source of energy to get you through that day’s activities. When you eat breakfast however the carbohydrates you take in will be used as your body’s energy fuel and is easier than fats to breakdown. recommended breakfast foods include wheat cereals with milk and fresh fruits. Try to stay away from fatty foods like bacon and canned foods, which have a lot of preservatives that are bad for the body.

If your body is used to a certain eating pattern, you might feel extra hungry by the next time you eat. This will cause you to eat more than you normally do or more than you should. When eating, eat to feel satisfied and not to get ready full. Even if you’re not really hungry at mealtime, take a little bit of food in.

2. You don’t drink enough water

This is pretty much self-explanatory. When you don’t drink enough water, your body gets dehydrated. This is happens at a rapid rate especially for people who are working out or who are active throughout the day. Aside from dehydration, a lot of people who are on diets can’t kick old habits liked drinking iced tea or soft drinks. When on a diet, try to drink water instead of drinks that have added sugar and other artificial ingredients. remind yourself of your diet every time you’re about to pick up that tempting can of soda. Not only will you save a pretty penny every day on soft drinks, but you’ll also be healthier. Want more motivation? Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day not only cleans your system, it also clears up your skin.

3. You pig out because you work out

Dieting requires discipline just like a routine workout. Set a diet program just the way you set your exercise program. If you work out an hour and a half a day thrice a week, do the same with eating. Make it a routine to eat at the same time everyday. Don’t eat more than you have to because you worked out. Think of it this way, you worked hard to lose the unwanted calories, don’t waste it by putting it back in. Don’t eat more than you have to because you worked out. Think of it this way, you worked hard to lose the unwanted calories, don’t waste it by putting it back in. You’ll end up working twice as hard and still not getting the results you want.

Working out is not enough. People who work out must go on a diet at the same time as a routine work out in order to keep the body physically fit. Snacking is also OK as long as you don’t eat junk foods. It’s OK to snack on vegetables and fruits. Eating 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day works for some people–just make sure those meals are healthy!

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