8 Diet Plan Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: 
September 2018

Steer clear of these dieting pitfalls for healthy results your body will crave.

When you’re looking to drop a few pounds, it’s normal to want quick results. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just melt off overnight? However, it’s more effective to take your time, be realistic, and implement a healthy diet plan that you enjoy – and that your body appreciates too. Ensuring you have enough food variety is one key to a healthy diet plan.

Start by avoiding these common diet plan mistakes:

  1. Not getting enough variety
  2. Skipping breakfast
  3. Forgetting that snacks and drinks count
  4. Not keeping healthy snacks on hand
  5. Avoiding fat
  6. Hitting the drive-through too often
  7. Restricting calories too severely
  8. Not drinking enough water

See more on each of these common pitfalls below and learn what to do instead.

  1. Not getting enough variety

Your body needs protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Keeping variety in the types of foods you eat helps you cover all the bases. Work with your doctor or dietitian to develop a healthy diet plan that includes all the nutrients in the amounts you need.

  1. Skipping breakfast

The unintended consequence of skipping breakfast might be that you’re starving by mid-morning or lunch. These hunger pangs might spur you to grab unhealthy snacks or have larger midday portions than your body needs. Starting the day with protein and fiber helps stave off those cravings that can lead to impulse eating while also keeping you energized for a productive morning.

  1. Forgetting that snacks and drinks count

When you’re taking a mental inventory of what you’ve eaten during the day, two things often fall off the radar: snacks and drinks. Be conscious of “mindless munching,” where you snack out of habit while absorbed in another activity. Movie popcorn, a donut at the office, or a mocha latte in the morning could be adding up to more calories than you think.

  1. Not keeping healthy snacks on hand

When you’re conscientious about your snacking habits, it can make for a wise healthy diet plan. Enjoying a small, nutritious snack with protein and fiber can keep you satisfied between meals. Nuts are an excellent option, especially raw or dry-roasted almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pistachios. Getting your favorite nuts in pre-portioned amounts (or dividing a container into on-the-go bags yourself) can help you keep track of how many you’re eating.

  1. Avoiding fat

Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet plan. Among other things, it provides energy and helps you absorb nutrients. When thinking about your fat consumption, aim to reduce your saturated fat, but embrace the healthy fats like avocado and olive oil. Beware of added sugars that can be lurking in “low-fat” products and consider opting for full-fat versions in small amounts.

  1. Hitting the drive-through too often

What’s the best way to resist temptation? Avoiding the places that tempt you! Even if you head to McDonald’s intending to order a salad, you might leave with French fries (it happens to the best of us). If you’re often running on empty during the week, taking time on weekends to meal prep for the week will give you an equally delicious and convenient (and much healthier) alternative to fast food or takeout after work.

  1. Restricting calories too severely

It’s true – eating less will help you lose weight but be careful about reducing calories too drastically. During a study where participants restricted their intake to 600-800 calories per day, the amount of fat in the heart temporarily increased, and heart function temporarily decreased. While this didn’t last long, it does illustrate the need for professional oversight during your weight loss journey. The safest way to participate in severe calorie restriction is through a physician-supervised medical weight loss program.

How much should you eat? Check out this infographic on portion control tips and tricks.

  1. Not drinking enough water

Drinking water helps fill you up, which can help you succeed on your diet plan. By drinking a glass or two 30 minutes before a meal, you’ll eat less without even trying. Pretty easy, right? And if you need more encouragement, proper hydration helps in a lot of other ways, from our brain health to energy levels and physical performance. Time to tote that reusable water bottle along with you!

For more tips on healthy diet plans and nutrition, keep reading our blog, reach out to us online, or call (920) 885-6090 to schedule an appointment with our doctors and women’s health team today.  

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