September 13, 2018

How We Ruin Our Diets

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Chances are, you are sabotaging your diet and you don’t even know! This morning I read a piece in the local Sun Sentinel that talked about the many ways people are blindly wrecking their weight loss attempts. It was eye opening, and I found myself guilty of making a few mistakes myself. What, me? No, I’m perfect.

It doesn’t matter which diet you are on. It could be the Atkins, the Paleo, or one of the popular diets on social media. People fall off for numerous reasons, and they are cited below.

Which reason is your reason you fail at dieting?

Ways We Ruin Our Diets

#1: Not Eating After a Workout

Smoothie

A basic smoothie or protein shake will go a long way after a workout.

The number one way we ruin our dieting is not eating directly after a workout. According to science, this is when your body needs nutrition! Dieticians will cite two items that you need to consume immediately after a grueling workout: carbs and proteins. Your workout will have more impact if you do this.

#2: Skipping Breakfast

All the intermittent fasting peeps are certainly going to argue this point, but how many times have we heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Eating breakfast actually jumpstarts your metabolism after you’ve fasted all night, and if you skip breakfast you are more prone to diabetes and high blood pressure. I literally just talked about my struggle with this in yesterday’s update.

#3: Eating Like Crap

Chips, candy bars, and all the other processed garbage needs to be replaced with healthy snacks like beef jerky, nuts, fruit, and vegetables. There is no room for bad foods if you are taking this seriously.

#4: Resisting Cravings

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Let yourself have that slice of cake on the birthday of your co-worker, they say. This way you won’t have an all out meltdown and eat an entire cheesecake next time you crave something sweet.

#5: Counting Calories

This is important – you need to have an idea of how many calories you are consuming, especially if you find yourself eating out a lot. There are apps that actually have estimated calorie counters for many of the major restaurants out there, so get one, download it, and start counting. Chances are, you are over eating.

#6: Relying on Reduced Calorie Foods

These typically come processed, which means there are many potentially deadly chemicals abundant.

#7 Avoiding Fats Entirely

Definitely avoid eating crap, but don’t skip out on fats. Nuts and avocado are my primary sources of healthy fats.

#8: Diet Soda

I used to live on diet soda. It’s better than soda, right? Maybe not, it’s full of chemicals and sodium, which are obviously awful for you. They are also responsible for acne breakouts as well as mood swings and dehydration. I have made the move to seltzer water and never looked back.

#9: Cutting Carbs

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Sure, low carb diets are all the rage, just see this all beef diet plan. But long term they may have some serious side effects. Your body demands energy from carbs, so feed it!

#10: Gluten Free Diets

These are also a fad, but are they worth doing? Many people are saying NO. You should only do this if you have an allergy causing you to eat this way.

#11: Making Foods off Limits

Don’t do it, you need that pizza. Seriously, cheating isn’t bad for you and if you don’t do it, you may suffer from mood swings. It’s good to have limits, but also have some concessions.

#12: Skipping the Water

Spa Water

Water runs your body, if you don’t consume water it’s like not putting fuel into your motor vehicle. Besides, it’s super easy to do and it is tasteless. If you want taste, make some of my spa water. I use lemons and cucumbers to make any water taste much better.

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About 

T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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