If you’re on a diet but aren’t seeing the results you’d like, you might be making one of these weight loss mistakes:
- Crash Dieting — Reducing your daily calories to less than 1,000 may make the pounds melt away, but eating so few calories trains your metabolism to slow down. Once the crash diet is over, your body burns calories more slowly — and you usually regain the weight.
- Skipping Breakfast — It may seem like an easy way to cut calories, but skipping breakfast can lead to unplanned snacking and eating larger portions at lunch. In fact, breakfasts that are high in protein and fiber can diminish hunger throughout the day.
- Not Snacking — Eating several small meals and snacks a day helps to control hunger and lose weight. Thoughtful snacking supports a higher metabolism, especially if the snacks are high in protein. Good, protein-rich choices include hard boiled eggs, nuts and deli meats or jerky (be sure to choose a reduced-sodium, preservative- and nitrate-free brand).
- Not Drinking Enough Water — Drinking water is important is you’re trying to burn calories. Dehydration slows bodily functions and metabolism, and that means slower weight loss. Research suggests that adults who drink eight or more glasses of water per day burn more calories than those who drink less. Try adding a glass of water to every meal and snack to help fill you up and keep you from overeating.
- Avoiding Exercise — When you don’t exercise, your diet shoulders the entire burden of losing weight. You can eat more of the things you like and still lose weight by becoming more active. The key is finding an exercise you enjoy. Spend time at different activities until you find one you want to do on most days.
It is important to remember that the best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and healthy habits.