MISTAKES MADE WHEN EATING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Posted on 7th Jul 2019

OU MAY BE CONSUMING MORE CALORIES THAN YOU REALISE!

Here are 5 calorie tracking mistakes that maybe contributing to your lack of weight loss and should be avoided. 

Over-eating healthy foods

It’s very easy to eat too many healthy foods as you know they are good for you. Although nutritionally rich they can still contribute to weight gain. Fruit and foods like brown rice, quinoa and avocado can be high in calories. Still eat them as they have many benefits but ensure that you are having a single recommended serving.

Thinking Low Fat or Diet Meals are best

Processed low fat or diet ready meals are often considered a good option for weight loss. However some have the same number of calories as the “non diet version” or even more as ingredients like sugar, flour and salt are often added to improve the flavour and texture. Rather than making you full they may also make you feel hungrier so you eat more. Low fat doesn’t necessarily mean low calories. Choose less processed, packaged foods. Eat more balanced meals (protein, carbs and healthy fats). 

Not fully reading or understanding food labels

Many foods have healthy sounding words on the front of the packages. Often the calorie content stated is for a certain weight not the whole meal. Don’t assume, no matter how small the pack is, that it’s one serving. The pack may contain two or more servings meaning you are eating a lot more calories than you thought. To get the most important information for weight control you need to read the full nutritional label on the back or side of the pack. 

Not remembering that liquids have calories too

Sugary and soft drinks can be loaded with calories which most people know so cut down on them but continue to have fruit juice. Even some 100% fruit juices are high in natural sugars. There are also calories in alcohol, sweetened tea/coffee and vegetable juices too. Drink more water as it has many benefits to aid weight loss and is free from calories.

Forgetting the extras you add into and onto your foods

Many people forget to include calories from extras like sauces, dressings and toppings added to a meal. Salads do sound healthy but is it just a salad? It’s surprising how quickly the “little extras” such as salad dressings, a drizzle of oil or croutons can add calories. You need to break down your meal completely to ensure that the calories from all ingredients are counted.

If you feel that you have fallen into any of the traps mentioned you just need to make the subtle but effective changes recommended to start to experience more realistic weight loss results.

FINALLY PLAN YOUR MEALS IN ADVANCE AND COUNT YOUR CALORIES BEFORE YOU EAT THEM. IF YOU FEEL IT’S MORE THAN YOU PLANNED TO EAT YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS.