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Six common diet mistakes

Why diet mistakes are important. The world says and we follow the fact that looks define us. Whether it is your hair, dressing style, or the fat, each part gives some element of the personality you carry inside. Who doesn’t love looking perfect in pictures, or doesn’t want to attract everyone with slim, gorgeously attractive looks?

Six common diet mistakes and how to fix them

Even though there are numerous tips and suggestions that prove to be effective, at some point or the other, we get off the track and get mistaken. These are the most common mistakes we make:

Finishing of the Food quickly is one inadequate habit a few people possess. Sitting at your dining table is not a competition stage, and neither are you expected to get an award against it. Tara Gidus, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association says it is of utmost importance that we taste and digest every bit of our meal. This is important because it ensures that you attain energy stored in each bite, instead of just getting it stuffed inside.

Skipping meals reduces calories is the most common myth of all. Following the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of all, research proves that people who skip breakfasts generally weigh more than the one who take it regularly. This is because people who skip tend to eat up food containing more calories when they do eat. For the same reason, vegetables are recommended to those who dream to look slimmer; they take more time to get digested.

Liquids give more energy is another misconception prevailing in this era when people are looking for easy and quicker ways to gain energy, yet less calories. A recent study in USA states that Americans gain around 21% of their calories from beverages. While most of the people think of them as alternatives to meals, the fact is that liquids cater to the temporary thirst only. For these reasons, club soda, skim milk and vegetable juices are advised instead of these calorie-filled liquids.

Stuffing in extra food is another blunder. As dining out is the new in trend of the modern times, most people are used to the amount of food in a serving and eventually end up thinking of it to be normal. Dietitians suggest it is essential to keep a check on the amount of food we take in by using smaller plates and bowl, and checking the portions with measuring cups.

Adding up high-fat toppings and extras with your meal is another habit that is recommended to be controlled. While most of the people do not realize the effect they create, the cheese or bacon add-ons increase the number of calories to 250, which can easily be cut down by making a little sacrifice.

Taking extra calories from small portions is another harmful habit. As Tara Gidus suggests, “Resist the temptation to clean yours or anyone else’s plate. Think about your waistline instead of the food waste.” it is favored that you inquire about the fats and calories small portions might contain. As just an ounce of French fries contains 88 calories, it is adequate to disestablish the habit of munching while watching TV or working.

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.