7 Dieting Mistakes: Are You Making Them?

Allow me to begin by saying that I’m excited about the new blog here at Labrada Nutrition.  I think it shows the dedication of Lee and the Labrada team regarding their committment to educating you about nutrition and fitness.  I’m very happy to be able to share some of my knowledge and experience with you.

To kick off my participation, I want to go over the 7 Most Common Dieting Mistakes that I see people make.  Why go over mistakes?  So you won’t make them, that’s why.  They say success leaves clues, and it does.  But so do mistakes.

Many well-intentioned people make dieting mistakes that sabotage their progress.  Some of these diet blunders are fairly obvious while others are far more subtle.  Here are seven of the most common mistakes that I see dieters make.  

1) Eating Less in Hope of Losing More – Would you be surprised if I told you to eat twice as often as you do and you will end up losing weight?  Eating small, healthy meals about every three hours is the best way to keep your metabolism revving.  

2) Failing to Eat Enough Protein – Eating protein is not just for bodybuilders.  Protein speeds your metabolism, keeps you satisfied longer, and helps prevent diet-induced muscle loss.  To say protein is a dieter’s friend is an understatement.

3) Eating Carbs by Themselves – Consuming a meal rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fat will provide a more steady release of energy than eating carbohydrates by themselves.  Ditch the sugary snack bars in favor of cottage cheese and fruit or a high protein bar or shake, just like those in the Lean Body family. 

4) Allowing Calories to Sneak In – Avoid ruining a healthy grilled chicken salad by adding a high-sugar or high-fat dressing.  Likewise, be careful when eating out as restaurants often add butter, oil, and salt to foods.  Your “healthy” entrée may have 30 grams or more of added fat.

5) Eating Calorie Dense Foods – One ounce of nuts and one single tablespoon of oil each have 14 grams of fat.  Keep a close eye on your serving size when consuming such concentrated sources of fat and calories.

6) Starting Over on Monday – If you eat badly on Friday or Saturday avoid saying, “I’ve blown it now, so I’ll just start over on Monday.”  Don’t turn one bad meal into five.  Eat healthy one meal at a time.

7) Relying on Diet Alone – Dieting and exercise are FAR more effective together than either alone.  Exercising will magnify the effects of a good diet by burning calories and keeping your metabolism high.  

(Note: For help with a diet program check out the diets page here and you can also find various training programs by doing a search in this blog)

Yours in health,

Dr Clay – http://www.drclay.com

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One Response for 7 Dieting Mistakes: Are You Making Them?

  1. February 3, 2009 8:29 pm

    I recently wrote something in regards to the whole “calories sneaking in”. People tend to be unaware of how many calories one can consume from beverages alone. It’s enlightening for people when they replace all their beverages with water and suddenly get results as they feel better as well.

    Great post on common places people should tweak.