Losing weight can seem very tough.
Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results.
You may actually be hindering your progress by following misguided or outdated advice.
In this article, I’m going to go over the detrimental diet mistakes I see people making that are keeping them from leaning down and achieving their weight loss goals…
Just telling you about them wouldn’t be much help though, would it?
That’s why I’ll ALSO show how to fix these mistakes and create a plan that’ll help you drop weight and keep it off for good!
1. Focusing on Carbs instead of Calories
You know that carbs aren’t the enemy…
But you still cut ‘em when progress “stalls.” Even when you know it all comes down to calories IN vs. Calories OUT.
The only way to lose weight is to consistently consume fewer calories than you burn – the bigger your calorie deficit the faster you’ll lose weight, but dropping too many calories is counter-productive.
Why? Because you’ll be constantly hungry and obsess about food – especially those you’ve told yourself you’re not allowed to eat.
While cutting back on sugar – especially those found in fruit juices, soft drinks, biscuits and sweets – will go a long way towards reducing your waistline, swearing off all carbs indefinitely will do you more harm than good.
The best approach to losing weight is to time your daily carb intake around exercise or periods of activity because carbs allow you to recover from training faster, and it’s important that you are fully energised for each session.
[Read: How To Stay Full For Weight Loss]
2. You’re only focused on eating “healthy”
Over focusing on food quality is, by far, one of the biggest diet-related errors.
Eating more whole foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.) and less junk is going to improve your overall health and provide more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
But when weight loss is the primary goal, eating “clean” isn’t what’s most important…
Instead, what matters most is your TOTAL calorie intake.
I still advise making the majority of your diet come from whole & nutritious foods, but ensure you’re ALSO eating few enough calories to create the energy deficit needed for weight loss.
3. Focusing on Perfection instead of Progress
You Know Perfection Doesn’t exist…
But you get down when you don’t see the changes you think you should see — even though you’ve had consistent progress along the way.
No one can ever be perfect all the time, so the sooner you realise that the greater your chance of losing weight, improving your health and happiness, and living the fit and full life you want and deserve.
4. Keeping unhealthy foods within reach
It’s more challenging to avoid unhealthy foods if you stock them in your pantry, even if they are intended only for a special occasion.
The best thing to do is surround yourself with healthy food. That’s what you’ll eat when you find yourself looking for a snack. But if you buy a half gallon of ice cream, eventually it will go into your stomach.
Instead, when you want a delicious dessert or something you shouldn’t have every day, go out and get it at that time — not well in advance.
5. Not eating enough Protein
Protein is the single most important nutrient if you are aiming for weight loss. A high protein diet improves metabolism, reduces the appetite, and positively impacts several weight-regulating hormones. It also helps protect muscle mass during weight loss. A study found that a diet containing about 0.6–0.8 grams of protein per lb, may help with appetite control, and improve your body’s composition.
6. You’re too focused on cardio
The reality is that cardio isn’t as effective for losing weight as most people think.
Studies have shown time and time again that cardio alone isn’t a solution for losing weight. People tend to burn fewer calories than they think, and some folks actually replace the calories they burn by eating more and moving less the rest of the day!
Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying you SHOULDN’T do cardio if you enjoy it….
But if you’re like me and would rather stick hot needles in your eyes than run a 5km, then take solace in the fact that hours of daily cardio is NOT necessary to lose weight.
What matters the most is your diet.