Often, the transition to proper nutrition does not bring clear results. Perhaps you unknowingly made mistakes that prevented you from losing weight.
Here are five common eating mistakes that can get in the way of your weight loss.
1. Skipping meals
Eating with limited meal times or "intermittent fasting" is becoming more and more popular. If this technique works for you, great, but you must not forget some of the rules of such a diet, like any other. For example, it's important not to skip breakfast, as this can lead to overeating at the end of the day.
Some skip meals and experience uncontrolled sugar cravings at 4pm. Or eating lunch and then can't stop raiding the refrigerator during the day. It is important to eat on time and not eat more than necessary, and hunger has the opposite effect.
With proper and balanced nutrition at regular intervals, you are less likely to overeat in the evening.
2. Dangerous drinks
When trying to lose weight, we try to keep track of what we eat, completely forgetting about what we drink. This is the most common mistake: coffee, hot chocolate, sodas and cocktails are high in sugar.
Control yourself. Visit your favorite coffee shop website to find out how much sugar is in your favorite flavored latte. Look at the soda can label. Even seemingly healthy drinks can be deceiving. Choose dry wines or champagne over cocktails.
3. Fiber in the diet
If you're trying to lose weight, it's easy to focus on which foods are best to eat less. But there are those that should be increased in the diet - these are vegetables.
We get fiber from vegetables that fill us and keep us active. And on the plus side, you can eat a good serving of most crops (especially green ones) without significantly increasing your calorie intake.
Pamper yourself, vegetables don't have to be boring. Think of fried Mediterranean vegetables, ratatouille, French fries, stews and vegetarian noodles with something delicious. Losing weight doesn't necessarily mean starving.
4. Choosing low-fat foods
Fat has gained a bad reputation for its higher calorie content per gram compared to carbohydrates and protein, but scientists have shown that weight loss is much more than comparing calories.
Foods marketed as "fat-free" are often highly processed and contain more sugar than the original version, and tend to be even more harmful.
Fat is an essential part of the diet and has many important functions, including hormone production, and helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, and E.
The type of fat you include in your diet is key. It's important to focus your diet on healthy fats like avocados, oily fish, non-roasted nuts, and seeds.
5. Thinking that all calories are the same
While you're counting and limiting calories, it's worth making sure the ones you eat are from the best sources. It's easy to be tempted to buy processed diet foods with calories on the package, but fresh, nutritious meals are the best option.
Base your meals on a quality protein source like fish, eggs, or tofu, a moderate serving of healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables or salad. These foods will nourish and support you until your next meal.