Bite it with Britt column: Avoid these five dieter mistakes
Bite it with Britt
Here are a few common diet mistakes that I’ve seen lately. Hopefully you can identify with some of the challenges that many people face when attempting to make a positive life change by starting a diet. Most of them are not actually about food. They are about behavior.
‘I’ll start Monday’
Putting everything off until Monday gets you off the hook, but only until Monday. When Monday comes around and you haven’t done what you said you’d do, you feel even worse. It’s a trap. This behavior lets us maintain our bad behavior right up to a deadline that we know is fake. Set a realistic deadline and stick to it.
‘I’m just working on my diet right now; I’ll work on exercise later’
There is no separation between diet and exercise. It’s a big mistake to think that you can do one without the other. You must do both to be healthy. There are too many codependent factors between exercise and food to list. Many people overdo one and ignore the other. You can’t under eat to avoid exercise and you can’t outrun your fork. Work on both of these together and do it slowly.
‘I cheated. My whole diet is ruined’
Letting one little cheat ruin an entire diet, or even one day of a diet is just another way to get out of the diet. So what if you had a moment of weakness at breakfast and ate three doughnuts? Aren’t you human? Get in the habit of letting it go. The stress over the little mistakes may be worse than the extra calories. Forgive yourself and move on.
You must allow for some treats and cheats. You are human, and it’s unrealistic to think that you can be perfect with your eating and exercise behavior. Ye,s you need more self-discipline, but you have to stop punishing yourself for anything less than perfection. Moderation is sustainable, perfection is not.
‘I had no idea how many calories were in that’
This may be biggest problem that I see. We all tend to grossly underestimate the calories that are in the food we eat. Know what you are eating. Educate yourself on realistic portion and serving sizes. Read labels to see just how many calories those 10 little chips had in them. It takes some practice to estimate calories but becomes valuable whenever you eat out. If you can set limits (moderation) on portion size you can still eat many foods you love.
Brittney Glock is a performance fitness nutrition specialist and personal trainer at Midland Fitness. Her expertise in women’s fitness and nutrition is based on years of living a healthy lifestyle as a working mother of three. Contact Britt at 945-4440.