The Five Classic Diet Mistakes We're All Guilty Of

It's the new year and for most of us, this means a brand new diet. Here's the classic dieting mistakes we all make and what to do instead...

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Are you dieting and not losing weight? Trying to slim down and can't figure out why it's not working? You might be making one of these common diet mistakes...

1. Eating too many nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, and disease-fighting vitamins and minerals. But nuts and seeds are high in fat and calories, so watch your portion sizes. A handful of almonds a day will do. Supermarkets are also filled with healthy snack options such as fruit and nut bars but they're also high in sugar which won't help your diet.

2. Cutting carbs out completely

Reducing your carbohydrate intake can help you lose weight but most people struggle to keep to a diet that cuts them out completely. Try cutting carbs down by adding a small portion of cooked quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato to stir-fries, soups, salads and stews.

3. Avoiding fats

Fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat and although higher in calories than protein or carbohydrates, eating too much of any food will promote weight gain.Choose small servings of healthy fats such as oily fish, avocados and coconut.

4. Relying on diet meals

When dieting some people rely on calorie-controlled diet meals or 'healthy products'. But these can be a false friend - containing a lot of sugar and salt that leaves us hungry afterwards. Try cooking from scratch, as this is the easiest way to control what goes into the food you eat.

5. Weighing yourself too much

Weigh yourself weekly or set yourself a goal such as getting back into a favourite pair of jeans or dress. Try not to get disheartened if it takes a little longer than you hoped and don’t beat yourself up over the odd relapse, just pick up where you left off the following day.

Recognise any of the above? At least now you know they're all easy to fix!

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