The obesity epidemic is reaching epic levels and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Not enough exercise, eating too many refined foods are two that tend to top the list and need to be stopped if we want to stop this obesity trend.
For most of us it is simple food traps that destroy our goals and many times we don’t even realize we are doing it. If we knew we were doing it we would change.
Today I am going to give you 5 common weight loss mistakes that we tend to do. This will get you on the path to reaching your goals with less setbacks.
Mistake #1: Not Eating Enough Fat-Burning Fiber In Our Diets
As American’s we don’t consume enough fiber. We don’t eat the proper serving of fruits and vegetables. We also don’t eat enough whole-grain carbohydrate sources.
Fiber has many benefits that also help with weight loss. When you consume the recommended amount of fiber it keeps you fuller for a longer period of time and helps to curb the snacking between meals.
Fiber also helps to keep your blood sugar in check and control insulin levels. This results in no spikes in your energy and drive.
Advice: Eat more whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables and increase your fiber intake slowly. Shoot for 25-35 grams of fiber per day to get rid of belly fat.
Mistake #2: The Food On Our Plate Is Not Colorful
This falls in line with part of Mistake #1 and that is we just don’t eat enough healthy fruits and vegetables.
These colorful food groups are filled with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. We already mentioned plenty of fiber and they are low in calories.
Advice: Fill your plate with plenty of red, orange and green, and yellow fruits and vegetables to provide fiber, essential nutrients and to keep your appetite under control so you eat less calories throughout the day.
Mistake #3: Eating Only 1, 2 Or 3 Meals A Day
Don’t be afraid to eat more than 3x a day if it works for you and your schedule. Not eating frequently enough causes some people to overeat at the 3 meals they are eating at.
Eating more often can help regulate blood sugar and give you consistent energy throughout the day so that you are less likely to binge at meals.
Advice: Try eating 4-6 small meals throughout the day. Incorporate fruits, veges, whole-grain foods and lean proteins to keep you satisfied all day long.
Mistake #4: Hidden Calorie Blackholes
There are hidden calories in any restaurant meal or processed food. The serving sizes have increased and so have the calories. This results in an increase your waistline.
Advice: Aim for eating mostly natural whole foods that don’t contain the hidden calories that morning bagel would have or a salad dressing that is full of sugar instead of just oil and vinegar. You can also ask for toppings on the side to give you more control.
Mistake #5: Limiting protein intake
Too many people limit their protein intake thinking it contains too much fat and/or calories. The facts are that incorporating adequate protein into your meal plans will leave you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period. This prevents you from overeating.
Protein also provides essential amino acids which help to repair and stimulate the growth of muscle tissue which speeds up your metabolism.
Advice: Consume more lean proteins from sources such as eggs, lean grass-fed red meat, fish and poultry.
Avoid these 5 common weight loss mistakes and you will be much farther ahead in reaching your goals than other people who continue to make these mistakes.
Now, I do want to leave you with 1 more food that you should be eating and I call it a healthy dessert. It is actually protein packed pudding.