This week, TargitFit is pleased to post an article by Jessica:
When it comes to diet, even smart women make mistakes. No matter how smart you think you are, there are some diet mistakes you will be making without even realizing it. These mistakes may be the reason why you are not seeing the results you want despite spending so many hours in the gym.
Regrettably, most women get their diet instruction from less than reliable sources. When you are taking nutrition advice from a non-professional, you may be making mistakes that will affect your weight goal negatively. If you have been trying to lose weight but have not seen the result you are looking for, it may be time to revise your diet. Some unknown mistakes may be hindering your chances of achieving your objective.
In this article, you will learn about top dieting mistakes that you may be making without realizing it:
Top Diet Mistakes Most Women Are Making
- Cutting Out Too Many Calories
Unfortunately, most women are waging a war against calories. You have heard that the reason you are obese or overweight is because you are eating too many calories. You then may have taken this personal and started a war against calories.
The fact is that you need calories for your muscles. When you avoid calories but continue doing cardio, you will lose more muscle and gain fat. When you are losing muscle, it slows down your rate of metabolism and makes it even harder to lose belly fat, firm-up your arms, and shrink your thighs.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different but, in general, you need to eat up to 1400 calories per day to make sure that you are not losing muscle.
- Relying Too Much on Packaged Foods
Nowadays, there are tons of diet and weight loss programs that recommend their own pre-packaged meals and snacks. It is sad to see that most women in the United States now depend completely on these diet programs for their daily meals.
While these pre-packaged foods may be great for knowing how much you are eating, they are not the same as eating fresh foods and may not give you the right portion size you need.
Moreover, most of these pre-packaged foods contain added sodium and preservatives which may affect your health in one way or another. It is better than you get most of your daily nutrients from fresh foods than from pre-packaged meals.
- Ditching Carbs for Protein
It looks like the modern weight-loss industry has succeeded in turning women against carbs. While some carbs are not necessarily good, most women who are on vegan and gluten-free diets have completely abandoned carbs because they want to lose weight fast. If you replace carbs entirely with protein, your gluten-free diet can lead to fatigue, weight gain, digestive problems, and irritability, too.
A good way to fix this is to adopt Goldilocks approach which recommends that you don’t take in too little or too much macronutrients.
- Not Paying Attention to Exercise
Most women are too busy nowadays. In fact, many modern women who work in the corporate business environment have little or no time for exercise. Thus, they think they can lose weight relying on diet alone.
While diet is good, you also need to take exercise into account. You need to do cardio at least 2 to 3 times every week. Create an exercise plan and make sure that you follow it strictly. Avoid paying attention to diet only.
- Falling For Fad Diets
Unfortunately, there are just too many fad diets on the market nowadays. Millions of people are looking for a way to lose weight. New statistics show that this is a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted a lot of attention from people that just want to take your money and run away.
There are many diets you can see on the internet today. Some of these diets are created with fake testimonials and will never work for you no matter how closely you follow them. Instead of depending on fad diets, eat natural foods that are healthy for you in moderate amounts.
It is normal to make mistakes when you are choosing a diet. While some mistakes are costly, others may have little or no effect. However, the important thing is to find out the mistakes that may be hindering your weight and health objectives and stop them as soon as possible.
Jessica is a former competitive fitness athlete and now owner/operator of her own gym in sunny Southern California. Her website, GottaHaveFit.com, is a resource dedicated to the latest in science-backed nutrition, supplementation, and today’s hottest home fitness equipment and training regimens.