Shedding unwanted pounds continues to become one of the most commonly sought after goals for people of all ages and walks of life. There's nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight but there is a right and wrong way to go about it. Luckily, there is plenty of information and resources available on the Internet these days that is allowing people to better understand the process of what it takes to deal with fat loss properly, as well as bust popular myths that tend to cause misinformation.
Despite all the info out there, for some reason so many dieters are still making the same mistakes and driving themselves crazy when the desired results aren't achieved. If any (or all) of the following apply to you, then you're guilty of committing these errors and it's time to really get on the right path towards successful weight loss:
Snacking (The Wrong Way)
The best news dieters probably ever heard was the fact that eating several small meals (with snacking) is much better for boosting the metabolism. However, they might be confused as to what is actually meant by "snacking." The key to eating several small meals a day and making it work is to snack on healthy items in between main meals. It's easy to have a small handful of cookies or chips and think you're doing okay but in truth, the types of foods you're snacking on could be sabotaging your efforts without you realizing it.
Even the smallest portions of unhealthy snack foods carry as much 75-175 calories per helping. For those calorie counters out there, this could drive them insane. Consume healthy calories for snacks--that means fresh fruits and veggies. It's so simple, yet dieter continues to transform this diet staple into whatever works for them. The reality is if those unhealthy snacks really worked, you'd be at a goal weight you want.
Not Being Aware of Portion Size
Reducing portion sizes is crucial to taming the appetite to prevent overeating. Once a person gets used to eating several small meals a day, they'll notice that they won't have to eat as much for lunch or dinner like before. However, this isn't where learning about portion size ends. This rule also applies to side orders and other versions of favorite meals.
If you used to enjoy a huge salad with tons of dressing and all the fixings on it but have now learned to order less on top with dressing on the side, that's a good thing. But if the side of dressing is huge (or if you order extra), it defeats the purpose. The same goes with add-ons. For instance, instead of adding tons of strips of chicken to a salad for more flavors, switch it up for a few sprinkles of cranberries or only a few strips of chicken instead of a huge helping.
Skipping Out on Meals
It seems people are still skeptical about the concept of eating more in order to weigh less. But there is plenty of research and studies to back up these findings. Skipping out on meals seems like it would be a more effective method of weight loss but the truth is that it will only set any such goals back drastically.
Skipping meals is almost like a form of starvation and causes the body to miss out on nutrients it needs to keep it going. Even the strongest person can't help but feel starved once it's time to eat after skipping a meal or two. The result: overeating and slowing the metabolism down.
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome for dieters is to get out of their own way. It's better to do the research in order to find dieting methods that mesh well with your current lifestyle. Once the dos and don'ts have been established, follow them! Remember, if you had all the answers you wouldn't be dieting in the first place.