You’ve got it all figured out: the perfect weight loss plan for you is just waiting to be followed. But are you sure that it will bring the desired results? Check out the biggest slimming mistakes which you can make and ensure that you will avoid them.
Eliminating Carbs Completely
It’s true that carbs make the biggest chunk of your daily calorie intake, but this doesn’t mean that you will lose more weight more quickly in a healthy weight if you drop them out.
You can expect to feel immediate side effects like lightheadedness and dizziness. You may also have problems with your digestive system, liver and blood glucose. Furthermore, when you go back to eating carbs eventually, you may experience the yo-yo effect.
How to ensure healthy carb intake? Remove the sources of simple carbs from your diet like sugary foods, potatoes, white rice and foods with white flour. Replace them with whole-grain products.
Compensating for High-Calorie Foods with Exercise
If you think that you can burn all the calories from fast food treats and sweets, you may be getting the numbers wrong. A half an hour high-speed walk will help you burn just over 100 calories while the average pizza slice has 300.
For best results, you should adopt a low-calorie diet (with no fewer than 1,200 calories per day, however) and do exercise regularly, preferably three one-hour workouts per week and daily walking for at least half an hour.
One simple rule to keep is not to ditch your favorite foods completely. If they are high in calories, just reduce the size of your portions and the frequency of their intake.
Relying on Juices and Smoothies Too Much
Replacing a slice of break with butter with a glass of orange juice will help you lose weight, right? Not really. Juices, smoothies and similar drinks are high in sugar, but low in other nutrients. Your blood sugar level spikes and then drops suddenly so you feel hunger pangs.
Keeping the diet becomes harder and eventually you give in and start eating more, just like before. Don’t enter this vicious cycle. You should have proper breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks in between them (not midnight snacks, however).
Your weight loss diet should be balanced and include healthy carbs, lean protein and lots of fruit and vegetables. Avoid processed foods of all kinds including those which have “diet” added to their name. They usually contain fewer calories overall, but considerable amounts of fat, sugar or salt.