Also, be sure to tune into CTV today at noon as I discuss healthy kid's school lunches.
1) Not getting enough fibre
Things like rice cakes, corn flaked cereals and low fat snack bars are commonly associated with weight loss plans. The problem with these products is they lack what I call 'filler uppers', meaning 20 minutes after eating these products you feel hungry again. If you're going to snack be sure to include a little fibre with it in the
form of fruits, veggies, beans, or high fibre grains. You may consume a few more
calories at the snack by doing this, but it will help you from needing to snack
again too quickly.
2) Not getting enough protein
I find this is more of an issue with my female clients, but protein is just as important as fibre for filling you up. Adding a little fibre to your meals and snacks can make all
the difference in helping you feel less starved. Try adding peanut butter to your toast in the morning or a few walnuts to your cereal or even a boiled egg at your snack. You'll feel more satisfied and be able to go longer without eating.
3) Denying yourself your favourite foods
This is SURE to end in disaster. We all have favourite foods; Foods that make us happy and many people assume when they diet they have to kiss them goodbye. This is not the case. If you plan in your favourite foods as a treat on occasion it can make all the difference between you staying on the diet or breaking down and eating a family sized pack of your favourite food. Plan your treats into your diet and
don't feel guilty when you have them. You are not getting off track; you are simply treating yourself and then returning right back to your plan. Keep in mind this doesn't mean you can 'treat' yourself daily.
4) Switching to healthy junk food
You know what I'm talking about: Omega 3 cookies, baked potato chips, multigrain crust pizza. I've got news for you: they are still junk food! The real issue with these products is while they may be lower in fat and calories and contain a few more nutrients, as a society we tend to consume even more of these product when we buy them. This is because we think of them as better for us, defeating the purpose because you consume just as many calories if not more than the original product. Think of your diet plan like a credit card. Every time you indulge you have to put it on the credit card. Like any card there is a credit limit. If you go over, you gain weight. Now let me ask you this, would you rather buy a whole bunch of little low grade treats that don't really satisfy, or indulge in that one really good treat you haven't had in a while. Plan your treats in and make them worth it. It's far more
5) Skipping meals
Your body has a metabolism. Your metabolism is how well your body burns the foods you eat. When it's high you will maintain or lose weight. When it's low, you will gain weight very easily. Skipping meals makes your body think there is no food available and as a result, it lowers your metabolism to conserve energy and protect you. So skipping meals can actually work against your weight loss plans. Also, studies have shown that we often consume more calories at the meal after skipping than we would get out of having the two separate meals. It's because your body reaches the point of ravenous. So now your metabolism is low and you’re over eating. See the problem?
6) Not exercising
I can't stress this enough. If you don't live an active lifestyle, losing weight will be an uphill battle. Exercise has a HUGE impact on body metabolism and also helps to burn some extra calories off. You don't have to hit the gym on a regular basis to be fit. Try walking, biking, playing with your kids...anything that gets you moving. Every little bit make a difference!
If you are guilty of any of the things listed above, maybe consider adjusting your plan. It can really make a difference in your weight loss.