4 Common Diet Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Diet comes in handy when you are losing weight. You need to take it right for you to get ideal results. Unfortunately, many people tend to make many diet mistakes thus they don’t lose weight as expected. Here are 4 diet mistakes made by many people make and how to avoid them: Skipping meals There … Continue reading “4 Common Diet Mistakes And How To Avoid Them”

Diet comes in handy when you are losing weight. You need to take it right for you to get ideal results. Unfortunately, many people tend to make many diet mistakes thus they don’t lose weight as expected. Here are 4 diet mistakes made by many people make and how to avoid them:

Skipping meals

There are some people who believe that by skipping meals such as breakfast and lunch they avoid accumulating calories. This isn’t true. When you avoid a meal you tend to get hungry more. This means that you take more snacks which contain even more calories than you are trying to avoid.

The best way of going about it is taking all the three meals of the day. If possible, carry the meals with you to work. This will prevent you from getting hungry thus taking unhealthy meals.

Avoiding fats

If you have been around the weight loss arena for long you might have come across the idea that you should avoid fat for you to lose weight. It’s to note that not all fat is bad for you. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is good fat and you shouldn’t avoid it. The fat comes from avocado, eggs, coconut oil and fish.

To lose weight you need to avoid low density lipoproteins (LDL) also known as bad fats. These are man-made trans-fats and refined vegetable oils. They include: soybean and corn.

Being too strict

You need to be disciplined to lose weight, but you shouldn’t be too strict on yourself. There are some people who are too strict on themselves to the extent that they rather go hungry than eat out. This is common in people who work outside their home area.

Avoiding food not only makes you hungry, it also makes you eat more calories than you should have eaten.

To lose weight you need to avoid worrying about the number of calories-worry about the quality of calories that you are taking. If you are out of the house, don’t go hungry-choose foods that don’t add a lot of calories to you.

When eating outdoors, take foods that contain healthy fats, proteins, whole grains and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Relying on crash diets

Crash diets are all over the internet. They promise heaven, but deliver nothing. One of the features of crash diets is few calories. When you take them for a long time you train your body to metabolize calories slowly thus you have a very slow body metabolism.

When you stop taking the diets the body doesn’t respond to the new foods that you are taking-it continues metabolizing calories slowly. This results to the calories getting deposited as fat. In the long run you end up doing zero work.

Paleo Diet Beginners – Read This Guide To Get Started!

One problem that many Paleo Diet beginners, and beginners in almost anything for that matter, have is the tendency to fall into the habit of waiting until the timing is absolutely perfect before they take the first step into something new. It’s natural; people are afraid of change. How often have you heard yourself or others say things like: “I’m going to wait until after the holidays are over, then I’ll start working out and eating right.” Or another one of my favorites: “Eating healthy costs way too much, I’m going to wait until I can afford it”.

The trouble with that mentality, is that there’s no deadline for getting anything done. The timing will never be perfect. The planets will never align and present you with the sign you’re looking for. The best way to get started is to do exactly that, get started! The most effective approach will always be to jump in and get both feet wet right off the bat. Don’t worry so much about being perfect. We all know that perfection is unattainable anyway. Below are a couple of simple steps that you can take today to set yourself up for success and lasting change with the paleo diet.

Step 1

Clean out the refrigerator and pantry – When I first started the paleo diet I was a starving and broke college student. So naturally I found this step to absolutely suck! I tried to find reasons to hang on to everything, thinking that it would be a waste of money if I threw away my sandwich fixings, hot pockets, canned soups, ramen, and peanut butter, all breakfasts of champions! (not really) My initial thought was to finish out all the unhealthy food I had and then I would start. Well, the problem with that line of thinking is that it doesn’t provide the shock to your system (metaphorically speaking) that can really signify this change in your life. You can even look at it as a symbolic gesture. By clearing the house of all things not aligned with the paleo philosophy you effectively tell yourself, “That’s it! I’m done putting all of that crap in my body!” Go ahead and yank off the bandaid. Don’t ease into it, just nut up and do it! By diving in and experiencing the growing pains now you’ll set yourself up for a much better transition later. Remember, the hard way is usually the easy way. Here is a simple list of foods to keep and foods to throw away to help you get started:

Foods to keep

  • grass fed meats
  • fish and seafood
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds
  • healthful organic oils (olive, coconut, macadamia, avocado)

Foods to Throw Away

  • cereal grains
  • legumes
  • dairy
  • refined sugar
  • white potatoes
  • processed foods
  • salt
  • refined vegetable oils

Step 2

Now that you’ve cleared the house of everything not on the approved foods list, make a quick trip to the store and fill in any gaps you now see that you have in your refrigerator and pantry. Realized that you’re low on fish and seafood? or fruits and healthy oils? Fix it now. Don’t overthink things too much at this point. Many paleo diet beginners do too much thinking and not enough doing. You can always make further adjustments later on. This is just about taking the first step.

So there you have it, two steps to get you underway when starting the paleo diet. You’ve cleaned out all the bad stuff, and replaced it with really good stuff. Of course this is a little simplistic, but it truly is all you need to just get started.