3 Mistakes New + Veteran Dieters Make
Dieting can be complicated, confusing and – quite frankly – a bit tricky!
In order to lose weight, we need to create a calorie deficit – meaning that our bodies need to burn more calories than we consume.
This is typically done by adding exercise and movement to our daily routine in order to burn more calories AND/OR making diet choices that result in a decrease in daily calories.
Here are three key mistakes that I see many dieters – both new and veteran – often make when it comes to finding this balance.
✔️ Over or Underestimating Calories
Scientific studies show that most people underestimate the number of calories that they consume and overestimate the number of calories that they burn. And because our bodies also metabolize calories at different rates, even accurate calorie counting can be misleading.
✔️ Drinking Calories
When counting calories, people often cut out the “known” high sugar/high calorie drinks (like soda) but may continue to drink naturally high sugar drinks like juice or continue to add sugar to their coffee or tea. Alcohol is also extremely high in sugar and calories.
Drinking calories has an additional negative impact because it does not affect the appetite center in your brain, so you consume additional empty calories while still feeling the need to eat your regular daily calories.
✔️ Choosing “Low Fat” or “Diet” Foods
These foods are marketed to help you lose weight but many of them actually have a lot of sugar added for flavor. You are better off choosing whole foods and being mindful of portion size.
Navigating weight loss and diet choices can be challenging! My Clean Eating Program offers the support and guidance that you need in order to make healthy and sustainable diet choices – while avoiding mistakes. Comment below or send me a message if you are interested in more info!