Abs are made in the kitchen, so they say. Simply working hard in the gym or on the track will get you a long way but it’s not going to be enough if you don’t pick a diet to match.
But even if you mean well with your diet, it’s very easy to make some common mistakes that can end up severely hampering your progress. In this post, we will take a look at some of the most common diet mistakes that people make and what you can do to avoid them. It’s time to stop wrecking your weight loss goals!
1) Not Counting Calories
Not counting calories is a fundamental mistake that a lot of people make when dieting. Many people think that it’s enough to simply eat ‘healthily’ and while that’s important too, it misses out some crucial details.
A perfect example of why this is an issue can be found when considering the avocado. This is a very trendy food item right now that everyone is hailing as incredibly healthy and delicious. Both those things are true.
But what’s also true is that avocados are highly calorific. Just because something is ‘healthy’, doesn’t mean that you can eat lots of it. Track those numbers!
2) Forgetting ‘Sneaky’ Calories
Once you start counting calories, you then need to make sure that you’re doing it right. What that means, is that you need to ensure that you are remembering to count calories that don’t just come from the big items of food you are eating.
Some ones that often get missed include:
- Coffee with milk/cream
- Milk on your cereal
- Oil in cooking
- Soda drinks
3) Relying Purely on Calories
It’s also important to recognize that counting calories isn’t the be all and end all of dieting (as many people seem to believe it is).
Counting calories means relying on something called an ‘AMR’ or your ‘Active Metabolic Rate’ which tells you how many calories you burn. The problem is that this number doesn’t account for individual differences such as differing hormones, your sleep quality etc.
General health plays an important role in dieting too and we all respond to different food in different ways.
4) Nutrient Deficiencies
Another reason you can’t rely purely on calories is that this doesn’t take into account nutrition. Micro-nutrients mean things like minerals and vitamins, individual amino acids, omega 3 fatty acid etc.
All these things can make a huge difference to your energy levels and the way you burn fat. If you’re struggling to lose weight no matter how restrictive your diet is, it may be that you’re simply not getting enough of a key nutrient that your body needs!
5) Being Overly Complex
I’ve seen countless people attempt to lose weight by following a meal plan, and they almost always fail.
Why? Because the meals are almost always elaborate and complicated and rely on having the precise right (obscure) foods in the cupboard as needed. If you want to encourage yourself to stick at anything, you need to make that thing easier to do!