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Common Diet Mistakes That Sabotage Your Weight Loss Efforts

You huff and puff in the gym, religiously weigh yourself daily on the weighing scale and still don't manage to knock out those extra pounds. So where exactly are you going wrong? The answer is simple, there's something wrong with your diet. Are you making any of the following diet mistakes?

Skipping breakfast
The idea that skipping breakfast induces weight-loss is enticing but harmful. Skipping breakfast leads to over-eating during lunch because you've been starving yourself. You need to have a healthy breakfast to give you energy to begin your day and thus, avoid binge-eating.

Going on a crash-diet
Crash diets never last long and eventually crash big-time! There is no magic formula or potion that will make you lose weight in a jiffy. Crash diets do not constitute a proper balanced diet, which keep you low on energy and also irritable.

Substituting meals with energy bars

Substituting energy bars for meals is a no-no. These bars are sometimes loaded with artificial sweetners that can be harmful to your body in the long run.

Unhealthy snacking
You feel good about yourself that you workout religiously. But when you're at work, you constantly eating at your desk. Whether its a bag of chips, chivda, chocolate-chip cookies, a generous piece of a colleague's birthday cake or guzzling cups of coffee. This kind of unchecked snacking is unhealthy.

Eating after a long time POST exercising
It is important to eat before exercising/work out to give you energy to perform. However, it is also important that you don't starve yourself for a long period after your workout. Remember, after a workout you need to replenish you body for the wear and tear it has been through during the workout. Eat a healthy meal after sufficient time.

Not drinking enough water

Not consuming enough water is a common diet mistake, which will make you dehydrated. Also, dehydration leads to your metabolism slowing down. Studies have shown that people who consume enough water tend to burn more calories. It is recommended that you drink at least eight to 10 glasses everyday.

If you exercise, you can eat anything
Just because you exercise regularly doesn't mean you can feast on junk food all the time, without worrying. Exercise won't benefit you much if you stuff your body with garbage. Exercise alone is not sufficient, you need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet comprising whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Skipping carbs

Skipping carbs completely from your diet is again unhealthy. Your body needs some amount of carbohydrates for a good workout. Include whole grains based foods like whole wheat bread or chapaatis to maintain that carb-quotient.

Reference Sourcs 202
March 16, 2011


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