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3 Diet Mistakes Everyone Makes

While the word "diet" may not be on anyone’s mind right now with the holidays and tons of parties, it’s surely in the back of everyone’s minds with January 1 around the corner.

So let’s get the info out there while it’s on people’s minds.

There are a few diet "mistakes" that are common, but once you know ’em, you won’t struggle with them again (at least you’ll be aware … and awareness is the key).  You think you’re on track — eating breakfast daily, drinking all diet drinks so no liquid calories, and enjoying low fat snacks between meals — but it’s not necessarily that simple. 

Here’s the truth — let’s delve into this a bit deeper to reveal 3 Diet Mistakes Everyone Makes.

  1. Eating breakfast daily.  OK, that seems a bit weird — breakfast is supposed to be THE most important meal of the day.  Well, unless it’s a bowl of fiber free cereal or a bagel and cream cheese with zero nutrition to fuel your body. 

    Check this out — 1 cup of Kellog’s low fat granola gives you 28 grams of sugar (that’s more than Froot Loops), which is just a few teaspoons shy of what a can of soda offers.  If you instead opt for a plain bagel, you mine as well sit down and eat 5 slices of bread because you’re getting the same thing … empty calories that won’t even fill you up.  So, yes, eat breakfast…but choose some protein, add in some fruit and/or veggies, and you’ll be well fueled and full of nutrients.  THAT will help with weight loss.

  2. Drinking diet drinks to eliminate liquid calories.  This one is tricky.  We’re not fans of diet drinks — diet soda, tea, Crystal Light, etc.  Why?  Because they’re artificial.  And, interestingly, a handful of studies suggest diet drinks may actually cause weight gain just like their high calorie counterpart.  Very simply the thought process is that your body is "tricked" into thinking it’s getting something sweet, but since you don’t actually get any calories or nutrients, you then have MORE cravings.  Hmmmmm.  Maybe. 

    Here’s the kicker, though.  We hate the high calorie alternative too.  We’re not suggesting slurping down liquid Froot Loops (e.g, soda) either.  Drink water.  If you don’t like the plain flavor, add slices of fruit or veggies to change it a bit — it will take on a hint of whatever fruit or veggie you use.

  3. Enjoying low fat snacks.  Snacking is great…when you choose good options.  But when you don’t, they are, well, junk. 

    Zero nutrient rice cakes = Junk. 
    Low fat chips = Junk
    Low fat ice cream or cookies =  You guessed it, junk. 

    The list can go on.  Want a solid snack that will help fill you with nutrients AND boost weight loss?  Grab a handful of nuts — they’re loaded with healthy fat, protein, fiber, and a ton of nutrients.  Good stuff.  Of course, they are calorie dense — so sticking to that handful is the key. 

    Just don’t fall for the low fat mantra.  If a good is naturally low fat, like veggies and fruits, fantastic.  But if it’s a food that SHOULD have fat but it’s "magically" disapeared, that means it’s full of added junk to make it taste like what we’re used to.  Stick to real foods, just stick to smaller portions.

Mohr Results Bottom Line: You don’t have to get duped with all the diet information you’re going to be hearing over the next several weeks and month.  Armed with the right tools, you will absolutely be able to make the best decisions and achieve whatever goals you want.  If you want a simple fat loss jumpstart so you don’t have to think about anything — just following along with the blueprint, check out the 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart

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7 Responses to 3 Diet Mistakes Everyone Makes

  1. Tracy December 20, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Excellent post as always. Have a very merry Christmas and a fun New Years.

  2. Mark December 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    You say rice cakes are junk, but aren’t they a “safe” source of carbs? I normally top them with hummus or plain yogurt.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

      They just don’t offer much … the hummus does, so they’re basically just something to hold the hummus. I’d switch the Rice cakes with veggies. 🙂

  3. Jim from Functional Fitness Facts December 24, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I used to drink diet soda on a somewhat regular basis, but I gradually made the switch to drinking water instead. It took me a little bit of time to get used to drinking water instead of other liquids, but now water is my primary source of hydration and I drink plenty of it every day.

    I use a faucet water filter to make sure that I’m drinking the cleanest, healthiest water possible.

  4. MzTeaze November 30, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I am transitioning to eating non-traditional breakfast foods. What do you think about that?

    For example, this morning a cup of white bean & collard soup (aka Tuscan white bean soup) for breakfast with tea. I would love to see some discussion around that idea.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr November 30, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      Sounds good…would love to enjoy some of that myself!

  5. Selene Kumin Vega November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m a big fan of tea for getting more water in – herbal, green, white, mate, black. Also want to add that a “handful” of nuts can get out of hand, portion-wise. That’s one of the things I make sure to weigh or at least measure, as nut calories can add up surprisingly quickly.

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