10 Diet Mistakes You Might Be Making

WEIGHT LOSS  |  July 31, 2017
  • Adopting an all-or-nothing attitude
    1 / 10 Adopting an all-or-nothing attitude

    Don’t eliminate foods your love. Too many people who are trying to lose weight develop an all-or-nothing attitude. This way of thinking can be detrimental in the long run. Instead of depriving oneself of foods they love, they should learn how to incorporate them into their diet in a healthier way.

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  • Focusing on what you can’t eat
    2 / 10 Focusing on what you can’t eat

    So many people embarking on a weight loss journey focus on what they can’t have, such as no sugar, no alcohol, no dessert, no bread, no cheese. Focus on what you can have and tally up all the nutritious superfoods out there.

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  • Not having a solid plan
    3 / 10 Not having a solid plan

    Not having a solid, realistic plan is a mistake. People should set themselves up for success by coming up with small, challenging yet attainable action steps to work towards. Start off with a few actionable and specific goals for the first week. Once you master those, keep adding on more.

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  • Cutting out an entire food group
    4 / 10 Cutting out an entire food group

    When people are trying to lose weight, they often cut out an entire food group, like carbs or meat, but this usually just results in an unbalanced diet and even deficiencies in certain nutrients.

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  • Replacing meals with liquids
    5 / 10 Replacing meals with liquids

    Green juices and smoothies are very popular right now, and many people will use these as meal replacements. Unfortunately, oftentimes these beverages aren’t made up of the right mix of nutrients. Green juices lack fibre and protein, and smoothies are typically loaded with sugar from juice, sweeteners or too much fruit.

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  • Eating too few calories
    6 / 10 Eating too few calories

    We live in a culture that is so obsessed with calorie counting that oftentimes we are depriving our body of the very nutrients that will actually help us not only live healthier, but lose more weight.

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  • Steering clear of healthy fats
    7 / 10 Steering clear of healthy fats

    Many people are stuck eating low-fat or fat-free versions of food. A moderate amount of fat is important as it helps with satiety. Include healthy fat at every meal, in the form of nuts, seeds, liquid oils, avocados, fish, soy and dairy products.

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  • Not drinking enough water
    8 / 10 Not drinking enough water

    Changing this habit is one of the easiest ways to help your health. Studies show that drinking water or eating a water-rich salad or broth-based soup before a meal can help decrease how much you eat during a meal. Plus, staying hydrated helps prevent headaches, which can lead to stress eating.

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  • Taking the weekends off from healthy eating
    9 / 10 Taking the weekends off from healthy eating

    You should take the weekends off from your job, not your diet. Sure, you can still have fun and go out to eat on the weekends, but make an effort not to stuff yourself to the brim with food or drinks. Eat mindfully even on your days off.

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  • Relying on weight loss pills
    10 / 10 Relying on weight loss pills

    The weight loss industry is so successful because we are so desperate to find a quick fix. The only long-term effective weight management skill is to change the way we think about fueling our bodies. We need to think of food as fuel for daily living and to fuel it the best way we can.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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