Top 5 Diet MistakesPosted: September 22, 2011 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, most people that are on a medical weight loss plan sabotage themselves by participating in activities that they think will be helpful to their overall goals. These top five diet mistakes can help you whether you’re on weight loss medications or simply following the regimen suggested by your doctor.
Over-Eating in Social Situations
Eating out socially is difficult when you’re on a diet. Restaurant meals are also notoriously large when compared to a proper serving. In order to avoid diet pitfalls when eating out, make good choices and eat only half your meal.
It is not a good idea to skip any meal, and breakfast is incredibly important. In fact, eating a balanced meal in the morning kick starts your metabolism and gives your body the energy it needs for the day.
Rewarding Yourself with Food
Rewarding your valiant diet or exercise efforts with food is not a good idea. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. Instead of indulging in that brownie, go shopping or get a manicure.
Salads aren’t Always Healthier
Don’t immediately gravitate toward the salads on the menu. Salads that contain breaded meat, croutons, cheese and creamy dressings can pack a bigger calorie punch than a sandwich.
Low carb diets can melt pounds away, but the instant you introduce carbs back into your diet, the pounds come back. Plus, not eating carbs isn’t sustainable in the long term. Complex, whole grain carbs are an important fuel source that your body needs for daily living and exercise.