You’ve decided to go on a diet, but all your efforts seem to fail, so what’s the problem?
The excess weight is still there, although you think you are doing everything right. So what’s the problem? Before you give up all hope, remember that excess fat can lead to a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc.
These are some of the most common mistakes that people make when on a diet:
Relying too much on working out
Many people seem to believe that going on a diet means going to the gym. So they eat whatever they want and think they will burn it off at the gym, and if they feel like indulging in a big, fatty meal, they say “it’s okay, I’ll do a double workout at the gym tomorrow.” However, exercise alone will not do the trick. In fact, health experts agree that 70 percent of weight loss comes from diet and only 30 percent comes from exercise. Exercise is important for metabolism and cardiovascular health, but there is more to weight loss than just workout.
When it comes to eating, timing is crucial. Along with what and how much food you eat, you also have to pay attention to when you eat. Eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks in between will keep your body functioning normally. By controlling your meal times, you also prevent yourself from eating too much during one meal.
One of the biggest mistakes that some make is skipping meals, thinking that the less you eat, the more weight you lose, but that’s an incorrect assumption. When you skip meals, your metabolism slows down, making it difficult for your body to burn fat.
Sometimes, food does not only satisfy our stomachs, but also our feelings. When we are stressed, bored, happy, sad, upset, we resort to food which will most likely be unhealthy. The key to managing emotional eating is to try to replace it with something else. Think of an activity that you enjoy that will give you satisfaction when you get emotional, or try going for a healthy food.