3 Mistakes You Always Make When You Start a Diet

3 Mistakes You Always Make When You Start a Diet

Last update: 09 November, 2018

If you’re going to start a diet, you need to get in the right mindset and see an expert, who will come up with a plan that meets your needs. You’ll also need to exercise if you want the best results.

There are certain mistakes you always make when you start a diet, and they are things that prevent you from reaching your goal. It doesn’t even matter what kind of diet, or how strict you are. There are a few things you’re forgetting.

Continue reading to look at 3 mistakes you probably make when you start a diet and the steps you take in the wrong direction clear in the beginning of your weight loss journey. They may just surprise you. You’ll probably end up saying, “I never knew that!” to at least one. So let’s get started so you can make changes right away.

Mistakes you make when you start a diet

You may want to take notes on the mistakes below. Sometimes inertia keeps you making the same mistake over and over again without even knowing you’re doing it.

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Advice To Avoid Failing At Your Diet

1. You choose only “lite” food

Mistakes you make when you're starting a diet: looking at labels.

The media bombards you with ads on “lite” food. They sell it to you as a supposedly healthy option. But is that actually true? Well, these types of food aren’t a very good idea.

The reason is that many of them lower their calorie content but the amount of fat and sugar they contain are still significant. For example, think about diet soda. If you want to start a diet, the smart thing is to drink water.

Diet soda contains sweeteners, even if it doesn’t contain sugar. It’s best to eat foods in their most natural state. Water, vegetables, fruit…

  • For example, instead of bottled orange juice (even if it’s natural and has no added sugar), buy oranges and squeeze them yourself. It’s much better for you.

2. Don’t allow yourself to have any treats

It’s ironic, isn’t it? Diets and treats seem mutually exclusive, but treats have a place in your diet too. What happens when you completely cut out some food that you really love? You end up always thinking about it and you may fall into the temptation of eating it and end up losing control of yourself.

For example, if you love chocolate, not eating it could be counterproductive. The best thing to do is to get chocolate with the highest percentage of cacao possible and eat an ounce at a time. While nutritionists recommend one ounce as the limit. We do agree with that but our advice is to have it when your body asks for it.

If you need something sweet, allow yourself an ounce of dark chocolate. But just once a day! It’s a healthy treat. Be moderate with your treats on a holiday, like a birthday or Christmas. If you don’t let yourself have any, you’ll end up giving in sooner or later, and you may throw your diet away completely.

3. Going hungry

A hungry woman staring at a plate of food.

The third mistake people make when starting a diet is letting themselves be hungry. It’s terrible! Being on a diet doesn’t mean you should be constantly hungry. It’s a belief that we should do away with once and for all.

The word “diet” means health and health does not mean being hungry. It doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight. Eating more vegetables, more fruit, more natural foods in the right amounts will help you lose weight if that’s what you want.

Being on a diet does not mean you have to cut your calories down to the minimum. If you go to a nutritionist, they will help you make a weekly plan with 5 small meals every day.

  • The point is not to cut out meals or stop eating.
  • If you eat more times a day — in the right amounts, and healthy food — then you won’t go hungry and you are more likely to meet your goals.
  • A nutritionist can help answer questions like these.

Personalized diets for each person

Eating fruit and vegetables to lose weight.

Another big mistake that’s quite common is to follow diets you find on the internet or to copy whatever diet your friends are on. Be careful! After all, what works for other people may not work for you. Experts in nutrition exist for a reason. They will figure something out according to your specific habits, goals, and available time.

You’ve probably resonated with one of these common mistakes above. Have you been doing any of them, even unconsciously? If no diet has been able to do what you want it to do, don’t wait any longer; a nutritionist can help.

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