Don't Sabotage
Your Diet Efforts

Diet mistakes can derail your best efforts! Keep on track by avoiding these common diet pitfalls.

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No matter how much physical excercise you are getting, diet mistakes can put your weight-loss plans off track. Of course you need to include physical activity as part of your healthy lifestyle, and it's even more important when you are trying to shed some pounds. But making poor food choices and even not eating enough can derail the benefits of your workouts and keep you from losing weight. Eat smart and don't fall prey to these common diet mistakes!

1. Skipping breakfast

Experts agree that if you skip breakfast to avoid the calories you'll make up for it later in the day. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and sets the tone for a healthy diet. A balanced light meal provides the energy you'll need for an active day.

2. Diet craze

Jumping on the bandwagon of the newest diet craze? They're new, and you hope they will magically help you to a slim, trim body. The basics of a healthy, high nutrient low-calorie diet are not as exciting but they work! You need to have a healthy relationship with food that can be maintained for the long term.

3. Water

Water is a dieter's best friend, but most people don't drink enough. If you feel thirsty you are already behind on your water intake. Carry a water bottle with you when you're on the go, and drink at least eight big glasses of water every single day.

4. Replacing meals

Replacement meals and supplement bars are no substitute for whole foods. Your body needs the vitamins, minerals and fibre found in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Nature will always provide more healthy nutrition for managing your weight and weight-loss than replacements ever can.

5. Not reading labels

You're eating a lot of "low fat" foods and not making progress losing weight. People tend to eat larger portions of food labeled low fat, so read the labels carefully. The nutritional information on the packaging can be surprising.

6. Not counting calories

Calories are fuel for your body, but you can't consume too many for your activity level and hope to maintain your current weight or shed some pounds. Exercise and activity will help you burn calories, but it isn't a free pass to overeat.

7. Skipping workouts

There's no calorie burn from lounging on the couch! Get up and get moving. As soon as your workout seems boring, switch it up. A little variety should help you renew your enthusiasm. You need to keep moving to enhance your good eating habits and lose the weight!

8. Guilt

You hit the drive-thru and chowed down on a calorie-laden fast food feast? Guilt can derail you. Consider the slip-up a treat, and get right back on your healthy eating plan. We all fall off of the diet wagon with temptations now and then, but the trick is to forgive yourself and get back to the basics.

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