I have been fortunate enough to coach many women through their weight loss journey and through working with my clients I’ve been able to pinpoint 4 mistakes that 90% of dieters make. I believe that these mistakes are mostly to blame for your inability to lose the weight or keep it off long-term.
It’s not your fault that the diet books, cookie cutter programs or even doctor supervised programs don’t provide nutrition education. How are you supposed to know which bread you should be buying, how to choose a yogurt or how to modify your meal at your favorite restaurant so you can continue to eat the foods you love?
Here are the 4 mistakes i see my clients making all the time that hinders their health and weight loss goals.
- Not enough fiber
So many people are busy avoiding carbs and going gluten-free that they forget the most important component: FIBER. Most gluten-free products are very low in fiber and when you cut carbs out of your diet you are getting rid of the food group that provides fiber.
Success long-term greatly depends on your digestive system health, ability to have daily bowel movements and stable blood sugar levels. Without low glycemic load carbohydrates it’s likely you will feel hungry, have cravings and binge. Fiber is also essential to transport toxic estrogen out of the body and a key component in keeping cholesterol levels low.
- Lack of adequate water intake
Water is the liquid gold that keeps the body running smoothly. Adequate water will help to keep you regular, nourish your cells, avoid cravings (thirst shows up as hunger) and make you feel leaner.
The more water you consume the less you retain. Aim to drink 50 to 60% of your total body weight in ounces daily.
- Too much dairy
This one is really too bad because who doesn’t love cheese! There are some exceptions to this rule like raw cheese, plain Greek yogurt, kefir and of course the array of milk alternatives.
Most trendy yogurts and over the counter dairy sources, have hidden milk sugars, artificial sugars, artificial binders, preservatives and unhealthy fats. Don’t be fooled because most dairy isn’t a good source of protein.
Yes, you can still have a couple of servings of dairy daily (if you can tolerate them) but stick to plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or unsweetened dairy alternatives.
- Not eating enough
It’s typical of most diets to cut calories to dangerously low levels. Eating less does not produce faster fat loss results. Studies have shown that it only takes 7 to 10 days of reducing calories to throw your body into ‘starvation mode’ where your metabolic processes slow to a screeching halt.
I understand that it’s psychologically challenging to consume more food since the commonly held belief is that more food will contribute to weight gain. Take a look around you… its’ not about less food, more food or even organic food.
It’s about eating the strategic foods that are right for your body to promote fat loss and improve your health. Most traditional diets have these typical flaws that can potentially damage your metabolism, lower your thyroid and intensify cravings causing you to binge.
This is the type of information you will learn throughout my Healthier You program and remember the saying “knowledge is power’ that is what I am going to give you, the power to take back control of your life.
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