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5 Mistakes in Dieting

The word “diet” should be removed from the dictionary. Not because there are 5 mistakes in dieting that most people make, but because I don’t believe any diet is a good idea. Why? It inherently has an end date. Let’s say you reach your goal. What are you going to do then? How are you going to eat and drink from that point forward? You don’t know because you likely didn’t learn.

I think leading a healthy lifestyle is a more sustainable solution, and more realistic to help you reach your goals and maintain your successful fat loss.

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#1 – Eating too little.

Eating less than 1200 calories a day for women or less than 1800 calories a day for most men is dangerous.

#2 – Eating too many starchy carbohydrates.

Your daily total calories should be a structured ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. This feeds your body and enables it to function properly.  Most Americans eat an over-abundance of starchy carbs, too many fats, and not nearly enough lean protein.

#3 – Skipping meals.

You must feed your body regularly so your metabolism is operating at an optimal level.  Don’t make your body guess when you are going to feed it again.  You’ll only push it to store food as fat.

#4 – Drinking your calories.

Soda, beer, wine, and many so called “energy drinks” are wasted and empty calories.  Choose foods that are nutrient-rich.  This is never more important than when you are reducing your calories to at a level under your maintenance level.

#5 – The most important.

Thinking of losing fat as a diet.  Anyone can lose weight on the cookie diet, the grapefruit juice diet, the beer diet, or any other fad diet.  A D-I-E-T has an end date built in – this is the date that you reach your goal.  When you want to lose fat, the question you should ask yourself is how you are going to lose fat and keep it off for the rest of your life.

The answer to avoiding these 5 mistakes in dieting is making a lifestyle change.  If you eat right while you lose fat, you will have lost it at a safe rate and will have learned how to choose your portion sizes so you keep it off.  You will lead a healthy lifestyle without depriving yourself of the foods you like or beating yourself up if you splurge one day.  Get started today with personalized meal planning.

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