When it comes to following a healthy diet plan, pitfalls are waiting for the newbie and the experienced healthy eater alike, especially if you don’t have the time to research what you hear on the news. Eating right is a lifelong commitment.
Here are eight diet missteps anyone can make…
- One food solves all – a promise that eating a single food (watermelon, cabbage soup, grapefruit) can help you drop weight. Not so. Extreme short-term diets set you up to fail… to be super hungry and then binge. Cutting out entire food groups also leaves you open to nutritional shortfalls, unpleasant side effects, not to mention boredom. You’re going to start craving the foods you’re leaving out. If it sounds too good to become true, it truly is. Weight loss of a half to a pound a week, by eating a well-rounded diet, is what you’re after.
- Misguided vegetarianism – more than 7 million people in the U.S. follow a diet that can be considered vegetarian. Some love animals too much, others are seeking a healthier lifestyle, and a balanced vegetarian diet has been associated with lower rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. But vegetarian isn’t always low fat or low calorie and you could end up taking in more calories if you’re eating carbs or starch-rich foods like cheese, pasta, and smoothies. You want to make veggies the centerpiece of each meal, add whole grains, fruit, and other non-meat foods like beans, nuts, and tofu as side dishes.
- Too Much Of A Superfood – things that the latest research touts as beneficial like chocolate, red wine, olive oil, avocados, and nuts need to be added to your diet with care and moderation. While these foods or others to be named later, do have health benefits, they generally have