I hope you all had a fab weekend and spent some quality time with family, friends and yourself!
For some of us, after an indulgent weekend, we tend to adopt some not so healthy dieting behaviours. This has prompted me to write some of the common diet mistakes to help you make some positive changes.
1. Skipping breakfast
Yes you have heard this one a thousand times, I’m sure! However if you’re not eating breakfast each morning this WILL make it a lot harder to eat healthy throughout the day, as well as slow down your metabolism and energy levels. If you don’t feel like breakfast in the morning, consider eating dinner earlier the night before, or start by having a small breakfast, whether that is a banana or a mini smoothie. Something is better than nothing!
2. Not eating enough
Not eating enough at times can have more of a negative effect rather than a positive. For those who would like to focus on loosing a little bit of weight, eating less can be helpful, but we must not mistake that for not eating enough. Each of us have different energy requirements, yet we all should be eating breakfast, lunch and dinner, including snacks. Skipping meals, only eating a piece of fruit for lunch or having a couple of crackers for dinner, won’t give us the opportunity to absorb nutrients our body needs to function optimally. We are better off focusing on the correct portion sizes for each meal instead of eating too little. Eating too little will cause weight gain in the long term, will contribute to feelings of fatigue and will increase our likelihood of developing nutrient deficiencies.
3. Not snacking
Healthy snacking is key to a healthy diet. However, some of us are afraid of snacking, as they believe it is unnecessary calories to their day. In fact, healthy snacks in between meals have a number of health benefits. If we snack between meals when hungry, this can help with our metabolism, will ensure we don’t overeat at meal times, can decrease sugar cravings and helps stabilize energy levels. I always keep healthy snacks in my bag, work desk and even in the glove box of my car for those emergency moments. There is nothing worse than finishing work late, stuck in traffic and being struck by hunger!
4. Not drinking enough water
I know I mention this one a lot on the blog, however staying hydrated is fundamental to good health and weight management! Drinking adequate amounts of water helps with the transportation of nutrients in the body, with digestion and increases energy levels. It is very hard to manage your weight if you are not well hydrated. Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger, and often if you do not drink enough water, when it comes to meal times, you are most likely eating a lot more than you need to be.
5. Restricting yourself from favourite foods
If you want to be healthy, it doesn’t mean you need to restrict yourself from all your favourite foods. This is going to make you crave them more. Organise outings with your friends to that favourite gelati bar or cake shop. If you’re eating healthily majority of the time, you are allowed to treat yourself! Remember: It’s what you do most of the time, not some of the time! Why would you punish yourself from some of your favourite foods for all your good efforts? Doesn’t make sense to me!
Just remember everything in moderation!
6. Thinking exercise gives you a pass to eat anything you want!
Yes exercise is important for good health. However, one of the common mistakes of those who exercise, is they believe they are allowed to eat whatever they like. We need to exercise on top of healthy eating, not use it as an excuse to eat what we like. Poor dietary choices will negatively effect our overall health. Even if you are at a healthy weight range, a poor diet will still put you at risk of fatigue, depression, heart disease and cancers.
If you’re guilty of this, learning to find a healthy balance is something you may need to work on.
I hope this helps some of you out there!
Remember to never give up!
We are all learning and are on our own health journey. If you are reading this today, you are already taking action on your health; this is one of the hardest steps!
Thanks for reading xx