No matter if you are trying to release weight, maintain your weight, or just eat healthier this year, the concept of nutrition will emerge at some point. New programs are coming out all the time and some are better than others, but too often we sabotage ourselves by the decisions we make.
This year, be aware of these seven common nutrition mistakes and steer clear of them…
1. Setting unrealistic goals. When you set goals for a nutrition program, make sure those goals are achievable. Avoid trying to do everything at once then expecting to suddenly weigh what you did in high school. An example of an attainable goal might be to eat two snacks of fresh fruit every day and three servings of vegetables between lunch and dinner.
2. Eating only one time each day. I often hear that people, in order to “save” calories, are skipping breakfast and lunch and only eating dinner. Let me tell you: This plan will save you no calories and can squelch your metabolism in the bargain. Eating three meals a day (your program may vary) is important for your general health.
3. Thinking short-term only. This is why people lose and then regain weight so quickly. A good nutrition program is meant to be long term; and should become a lifelong habit.
4. Underestimating your food portions. We are all guilty of this. Research shows that, when recalling foods consumed, most people under-report the amounts they ate. You may think that you only are having one cup of cereal — but use a measuring cup just to be sure.
5. Making your meal plan too restrictive. When starting a new meal plan, people usually err on the side of caution and eat too little—a practice that is difficult to maintain long-term because you starve your body of needed nutrients. Your plan should always include major food groups; think color, balance and variety.
6. Having a weak support system. When working on eating healthier, the more support you have the better. Develop a strong support system. Tell others around you about your goals and let them know how they can best help you.
7. Forgetting about exercise. People often ask me, “Which one is more important, nutrition or exercise?” I reply, “Do you want your airplane to have one wing or two?” Nutrition and exercise need to be done together — remember to exercise regularly (5-6 times a week for 30-60 minutes). Look into shorter, denser workouts that are fat-burning and joint friendly such as metabolic training (RHF Burn30 Bootcamp).