Weight-Loss Mistakes All Women Make
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You're probably familiar with the weight-loss mistakes, such as skipping the breakfast, avoiding veggies and so on. But it seems that there are a few sneakier mistakes to avoid, too. According to dietitians, over time, these, at first sight negligible mistakes can really cause you to put on extra weight. Here's how to avoid these traps, and set up for weight loss success.
You're "on a diet" mode
“A diet in most people’s minds is something that you go on and off,” dietician Keri Gans says, and not something you stick with. Therefore the term “on a diet” can send you down the wrong path: using it implies that once you reach a certain goal, you will return to your less healthy habits. To lose the weight forever, it's better to refer to your new habits as a "lifestyle change," Gans recommends—that, most importantly, doesn't leave you hungry.
Weak lunch salad
Many women make the mistake of replacing a meal with a huge salad, which can backfire in many ways. “If [a salad] is not thoughtfully put together, this isn’t always enough for everyone," she explains. "Then you end up starved for the rest of the day. And that could lead you to make poor food choices later.” If you decide for salad, make sure it includes enough substance that can make you full: it is recommended for the salad to contain one serving of proteins such as nuts or meat and a healthy fat as avocado.
Eating too much of a good thing
There are a few foods that are warmly welcome when trying to lose weight, such as nuts, seeds, avocado, peanut or almond butter, which are considered “healthy fats” and are added in almost every sandwich, smoothie or salad. All of them are great nutritional choices, says Gans, but the problem is, people often eat way too much of them.
Even when eating healthy, it's important to pay attention to serving sizes, Gans says. “For instance, one serving of avocado is a quarter of an avocado. Restaurants sometimes use a half or whole on a single salad.” It's even easier to overdo it with nuts and nut butters: a serving of nuts is about 23 almonds, while a serving of nut butter is two tablespoons.
You've gave up the foods you love
Simply giving up your favorite food could cause even more intense cravings. Or you may fill the gap with another, even less healthier habit.
"I hear this a lot," says Gans. “People will tell me, ‘I’m never going to eat pasta!’ Meanwhile, they are overlooking the ways you can create the dish in a healthy way.”
The point is to fit almost any food into your healthy lifestyle, only in a right way. For example, pick up single-portion ice cream cup, which contains less calories rather than buying a gallon of double fudge. “With pasta, you can do a half-cup cooked with a bit of olive oil, steamed veggies, and grilled shrimp,” says Gans—and that’s how you get a balanced meal.