Can’t seem to figure out this weight loss game? Tired of feeling like you just can’t make progress no matter how hard you try? If so, it’s time to take a closer look at your diet program.
Many women make one or two small mistakes that can slow down their progress at best or grind it to a halt at worst. By fixing these ‘dieting sins’, you can quickly get back on track and see results once again.
Let’s take a closer peek into the four sins that 90% of women are making with their diets. Do you spot yourself in any of these?
Thinking Clean Means Fat Loss
The ‘clean eating’ bandwagon has taken over as more and more people firmly believe that if a food is clean, it must be body-friendly.
Remember, a calorie is still a calorie. It doesn’t really matter if it comes from an apple, a piece of chicken, or a piece of cake, if you eat more calories than you burn, you may just find yourself gaining body fat.
While eating clean from a health standpoint is very beneficial and can help control hunger better, it doesn’t automatically mean you are safe from gaining body fat.
You must track your calories. As much as it may feel like a nuisance to do this, if you really want to guarantee that you see success, it’s the best route to go.
Feeling Scared Of Carbohydrates
Next, another sin that many women make is being scared of carbohydrates. Admit it – with all the talk of how carbs cause fat gain, you are likely afraid to eat anything that contains more than 20-30 grams of carbs per serving.
But, as an active woman, carbohydrates can help you see success. You just need to use them properly. By loading up carbs around your workout periods, you’ll perform better, recover faster, and the added carbohydrate intake might just give your metabolic rate a boost as well.
This can then mean faster overall levels of fat burning the rest of the day.
Do you want to feast on carbs 24/7? Of course not – not if you want a lean body, that is. But you definitely do not have to avoid them. It’s time to get past this fear and start using this macronutrient to help you on your way to success.
Most active women can easily incorporate at least 100 grams of carbohydrates into their menu on rest days and take this up to 150 grams or more per day on those days that you exercise.
Unless you find that your hunger gets completely out of control if you have more carbohydrates in your diet plan, it’s best to keep them as high as possible while still seeing the desired rate of weight loss you’re going for. Then as you progress forward and weight loss stalls, you can then begin lowering them as necessary from there.
Relying Too Heavily On Poor Quality Supplements
Think you can pop a multi-vitamin and make up for not eating so healthy? This isn’t the case.
While it’s definitely a good idea to take a quality multi-vitamin for back-up support, do realize that you are going to get extra things from foods (such as fiber) that these supplements cannot provide. Not only that, but by eating healthier foods, you’ll get the long-lasting energy that you want as well.
Some women have a tendency to rely on ‘quick fix’ foods because they are in such a rush everyday and think they can simply get by through using a multi-vitamin instead. This may be okay on occasion, but definitely not as an everyday thing.
Likewise, if you are relying on other supplements – meal replacement powders and protein bars for example, you aren’t going to get the satiety that you need to maintain a reduced calorie diet for fat loss.
Finding a good quality protein bar is always a smart idea to have on hand for those days where you need something in a pinch, but don’t use these to replace wholesome main meals that you should be eating.
Remember to always do your research about any products you take before purchasing them as well. Too many supplement companies out there are putting a high amount of fillers in their products or using ‘proprietary blends’ so you never really know what you are getting. You want to purchase a supplement brand that is completely transparent and only uses the highest quality of ingredients available.
Not Including Sufficient Variety
Finally, the last diet sin you need to ensure you aren’t making is not including enough variety. Think about your current diet plan. Have you been eating the same meals over and over again for the last four to five months?
If so, this could be part of your issue. Not only does this create boredom with your diet, making it more likely that you then go on to eat something you shouldn’t, but not including sufficient variety can also lead to nutritional deficiency.
While it’s great to figure out your target calorie intake and macronutrient levels and then hit those each and every day, you are forgetting about the micronutrients that your body needs.
These are the vitamins and minerals that keep you functioning optimally and ensure that you are waking up each day feeling strong and energized.
If you don’t get sufficient variety, you may fall short in a few key vitamins and/or minerals. This can influence your metabolism and energy level and therefore, the rate of fat loss that you experience.
So there you have the four main mistakes that some women make in their diet plan. It’s quite easy to have the best of intentions as you go about your diet but then make these critical errors and have them cost you the results that you were hoping to see.