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Dieting mistakes we all make

Dieting mistakes we all make

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.


Irregular eating

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.


Emotional eating

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.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.