If you're trying to lose weight but the scale seems to be stuck, you may have fallen into a diet pit. Here are five mistakes I see dieters make, along with a few ways to fix them.
There's nothing wrong with upping the amount of veggies in your diet, but thinking all salads are safe isn't going to help you shed any pounds. Sure, a bed of greens is figure-friendlybut load on a lot of candied nuts, goat cheese, and crispy chicken, and the calories can get out of control.
Everyone knows that dieting is a numbers game: You have to burn more calories than you consume. But don't work out to the point of exhaustion. If you're logging long hours on the treadmill without the proper fuel, you'll wind up starvingand stuffing your face later.
Let's say that every day you eat an egg-white omelette for breakfast, a midmorning snack of yogurt, and soup and salad for lunchonly today you're starving by 3 p.m. Too often dieters tell themselves to ignore their hunger cues and try not to eat any more until dinner. The problem is they're setting themselves up for defeat.
Don't be afraid of food. Many women set ridiculously unrealistic calorie goals, and they wind up emotionally defeated when they fail to come within their target range. Everybody is different, so don't focus so much on the numbers. Keep portions reasonable, and leave the math to high schoolers.