Here are the 10 most common dieting mishaps. How many have you done?
MISTAKE 1: CUTTING OFF TOO MANY CALORIES.
The first thing we do when we start a diet is cutting off too many calories. To lose weight, one has to go on a small range of calorie deficit but going on a large calorie deficit diet will ultimately slow down your metabolism and harm your immunity which will not only stall your weight loss progress but also make you fall sick easily.
MISTAKE 2: FOLLOWING A VERY STRICT DIET.
Restricting too many food groups will make you crave for certain food later. Practically, it is difficult for a beginner to be on a very strict diet. For instance, If a person is having just soups and salads to lose weight. He/ She will follow the plan for some time, say 7-8 days but on the 9th day he/she would end up hogging on pizzas and hence would end up consuming excess calories than required. So, it is better to follow a flexible diet rather than a strict one.
MISTAKE 3: FOLLOWING SOMEONE ELSE’S DIET PLAN.
A diet should suit a person’s lifestyle and routine. Just because a particular diet gave result to your friend that does not mean it will help you, too. Yours and your friend’s body composition, lifestyle, eating habits are way different. So, make sure to consult an expert before blindly the following something.
MISTAKE 4: DRINKING LIQUID CALORIES.
Had 4-5 glasses of juice or smoothie after seeing a “Healthy Juice” recipe online? But do you know how many calories that Juice has?
We all tend to get a little fascinated with those “Healthy Juice” Instagram recipe stories but juices are loaded with sugars and also the fiber is lost while juicing process which means you are just consuming sugar with little vitamins. It is better to have the whole fruit which will help you to get the nutrients as well as fiber.
MISTAKE 5: NOT ADDING WORKOUT TO YOUR ROUTINE.
Adding strength training to your routine will add up to the results. Only dieting will help you to lose fat but will also cause muscle loss. Strength training will help you to build muscles and lose fats which will also help to speed up your metabolism.
MISTAKE 6: OBSESSING OVER THE WEIGHING SCALE.
We have all committed this mistake, haven’t we?
When we are following a diet and workout routine, we tend to gain muscles which show up on the scale. Also, diet and workout are a type of physical and mental stress due to which our stress hormone i.e. Cortisol level shoots up. This Cortisol tends to retain water in our body which reflects on the scale. So, it is always better to focus on overall changes like inch loss, better stamina, better sleep etc.