My diets are a total failure! Why? WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
The first week of your diet plan is almost over, you were supposed to be 5 pounds lighter, but you cannot see any changes in your weight. What happened? Why haven’t you lost any weight at all?
As the days go by, you are trying really hard not to break any rules of your weight loss diet. But slowly, your enthusiasm starts to run away from you, leaving you hungry and frustrated. You resist the temptations, but after a couple more days, you discover that all your suffering was pointless: you have not lost a pound. Why? What happened?
Check if you haven’t made some weight loss mistakes such us:
1. Following the wrong diet
Most probably you have decided to follow a specific diet because you heard about it from a friend, a coworker or from some popular celebrity. What works for others, it might not work for you. To be sure that what you choose is the right diet for you, ask for professional advice from a nutritionist or from your personal doctor.
2. Not making enough physical exercises
Diet together with exercise make a great healthy synergy. If you need help figuring out which type of exercise fits you most get an expert advice from muscle and fitness tips. It will help you choose among different fitness and exercise techniques including bodybuilding, yoga and pilates that will help you aquire an ability to look good and feel good.
3. Diet Cheating
If your daily menu said “a salad with some lemon juice” and you had a salad with some vinegrette dressing, you’ve already cheated on your diet, because you added some unplanned fats to your salad. It is also cheating when you eat 120 g of meat instead of 100 g, when you have two wholegrain crackers instead of one etc.
When you have chosen a specific diet, try to stick with it. Count calories if necessary and respect the size of the portion.
4. Not resting/sleeping enough
When you are sleep deprived, the level of leptin hormone decreases and it is more likely to feel hungry and craving for food. People who do not sleep enough tend to choose different foods with lots of calories- sweets, salty and starchy foods.
5. Hidden Calories. Liquid calories misjudge
Think about your coffee. If you drink it with sugar, milk or cream, you have already added extra calories to your diet. Liquid calories from alcohol, smoothies, coffee with cream and sugar, sweetened juices, teas, and sodas can easily sabotage your diet. Change calorie-laden beverages to water, club soda, skim milk, vegetable juices, and small portions of 100% fruit juice.
6. Skipping Meals
A lot of people believe that skipping a meal saves calories. The truth is that most people who skip a meal usually end up eating more calories during the next meal. To avoid this situation, try to eat at least three meals a day and choose wisely what you eat, according to the principles of your diet.
- Joanne Lichten, PhD, RD, author, Dining Lean. Tara Gidus, MS, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association; nutrition consultant, Tampa, Fla.