If your attempts to lose weight consistently fail, it is likely due to some flaws in your diet. So, calm down, breathe and detect what are the possible mistakes you are making.
There are many misconceptions around weight loss diets, these are the 10 most common mistakes when dieting:
1. RESTRICT CALORIES TOO MUCH
To lose weight you must limit the number of calories you consume and this means eating less than you normally eat, but you should never stop eating! If you do, in addition to starving, you will only make your metabolism work less and it will be more difficult to lose weight.
2. FAST OR STOP EATING A MEAL
Some people skip dinner while others skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. By skipping meals, the metabolism becomes slow, so it is very convenient to eat five meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two snacks or snacks) with the intention of keeping the metabolism active.
3. DRINK LITTLE WATER
It is necessary to drink enough plain water (at least 2 liters a day) and reduce the intake of salt and other foods with high sodium content (carbonated soft drinks, canned food, cold cuts, soy sauce, piquín chili powder) so as not to retain liquids.
4. DON'T EXERCISE
The healthiest and most effective way to lose weight is with a combination of diet and exercise. Do the physical activity that you like the most at least three times a week.
5. EAT A SMALL VARIETY OF FOODS
If you restrict the variety of foods, your diet will become monotonous and boring, and it will be difficult for you to follow it for more than a month.
6. ELIMINATE ALL YOUR LIKES
Fulfilling a craving suddenly will not affect your weight loss, as long as you do it in an orderly manner and in a moderate amount. Treating yourself once in a while will allow you to be satisfied with your meal plan and you will be able to stick with it for longer.
7. "PUNISH YOURSELF" OR STOP EATING AFTER HAVING FALLEN INTO "TEMPTATION"
It is best to take it easy and eat the next meal as you had planned, so that your metabolism remains active, and resume your diet the next day.
8. HAVE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
In a few months it is not possible to lose the kilos that you have gained in years. Similarly, you cannot expect to achieve your "ideal weight" if you have never had it. Before starting a diet, you must be clear about your goals. Consult a nutritionist for their advice and support.
9. NOT CONTROLLING WHAT YOU EAT
A common mistake is to believe that you are consuming few calories because you prefer "light" products. However, "light" does not mean it is calorie-free. Juices, sweetened water, coffee, and tea also count toward your calorie intake.
10. MAKE DIETS RECOMMENDED BY FRIENDS
The diet that worked for your friend won't necessarily work for you; remember that each person is different. Be careful, some of the "fad diets" can be dangerous for your health.