Choosing to diet and eat right is certainly a step in the right direction.
When you choose to change one aspect of your lifestyle, other good things follow suit! Unfortunately, with the plethora of pure crap info floating around all over the place, it’s hard to find a starting point, a midway point, and a finishing point with all this madness and conflicting “advice“.
It’s OK! It really is OK!! Gone Liftin’ is here for you guys…
We are going to discuss some common dieting mistakes that beginners think are “good.” These mistakes lead to a downward spiral of failure and getting lost in the woods. We’re here to put a stop to that.
Dieting is both easy and hard. It is easy because most likely you are reading too much into it and driving yourself crazy with all the information getting piled up in your frontal lobes. It is hard because sticking to a strict diet regime and sticking to your convictions takes a certain amount of willpower. You’re either in or you’re out!
So what are some common dieting mistakes that infect the masses? Let’s discuss!
Mistakes That Are Too Often In The Forefront
With dieting comes many ups and downs. The foods you eat change, cravings are killing you, you’re not sure whether progress is being made, and so on and so forth.
Don’t sweat it. Just stick to your plan. Keep strong and don’t lose your willpower or your convictions. Everything will fall into its right place when you’re patient.
Let’s list some of the more common dieting mistakes that beginners usually make, and try to get you to avoid those mistakes and replace them with positive, efficient traits.
The 7 Dieting Mistakes article from BodyBuilding.com details these common mistakes.
1. Buying “Fat Free” Foods
Ugh this one really kills me!
The “fat free” craze is unfortunately still around, and most people on a beginners diet mindlessly buy anything and everything fat free, not realizing the lack of fat is replaced with the simplest of sugars. Sugars which is far more dangerous for your body composition than is fat.
When food companies remove a nutrient like fat to make a food “fat-free,” they have to add something back to make it palatable. These flavor-boosting ingredients generally include a hodgepodge of chemicals you can’t pronounce, refined carbohydrates, and ample amounts of sugar. Together, these additives can be detrimental to your fat loss goals. Stay away from the processed, packaged, and pre-made foods. Stick with fresh, whole foods with minimal ingredients.
Truer words have never been spoken! Look at the ingredient label of the so called “health food” that is fat free.
Fat isn’t the most dangerous thing that’s keeping you from shedding that unsightly flab. Sugars are more the culprit, believe it or not!
Stick with fresh, whole foods with minimal ingredients, with nothing taken out and replaced with some garbage that you can barely pronounce.
2. Not Eating Enough
This is a more common mistake than you think.
People think the less they eat the more weight they will lose. That is not how the human body works, my friends.
Seriously cutting your calories may work for a short period of time, but your metabolism will slowly shut down and eventually come to a screeching halt.
Yes the above is true. The more severe you cut your calories, the faster your metabolism will slow down and hold onto to anything it can to keep you alive and moving. This will make it harder for your body to burn fat, as your body will be clinging to any and all energy sources to sustain life.
If that’s not bad enough, when your caloric intake is too low, your body begins to use your hard-earned muscle as fuel, a process known as catabolism. If it happens, it could further hinder your fat loss.
Make sure to get the adequate amount of calories and nutrients when on a fat loss diet. It will pay off in the long run – slow and gradual is OK, people!
3. Going to Extremes
Balance and moderation is crucial!
Don’t try and go all out right away, thinking you need to do everything at once or nothing at all.
Start with changing something small and build from there. If you’re a beginner, you need to take it easy and learn the ropes before getting all gung-ho about dieting. Learn the principles and the ins and outs before embarking on this permanent, long journey.
If you’re in this for the long haul, like you should be, remember that balance and moderation are keys to your success. My suggestion: Start somewhere in the middle. Slowly add or subtract until you find the right balance for you.
4. Hopping On The Latest Fad Diet
Quite possibly the biggest dieting pet peeve of the Gone Liftin’ Team.
A fad diet is not the end-all-be-all, and there is no magical cure or pill that will replace hard work and dedication.
Fad diets are nothing more than advertisements which try to rope you in with the goal of selling you something. Get smart and get right!
Fad diets do seem to work, but they only work for a short period of time. Beginners are an easy demographic to make money on.
Why? When someone begins any diet regime, and they have weight to lose, that weight will come off like a bullet… until you plateau from lack of proper nutrition.
We are not in this for a quick fix – we are in this to PERMANENTLY change our lives for the better!
The majority of these diets proves unhealthy, extreme, and shouldn’t be practiced for an extended period of time.
Change Your Diet Gradually While Being Smart Change
Well, these are the biggest dieting mistakes that we wanted to touch on. Head over to this dieting mistakes article and get acquainted with some more dieting mistakes that beginners make more often than not, and be mindful of what you are doing to your body, as well as what you are putting into it. Remember – this is a lifelong journey, not a minor pit stop.