5 Diet Mistakes Holding You Back from Losing Weight

How many times have you started a diet, and weeks later you've still lost just a pound or two? It's not uncommon for people to get frustrated when they don't see the weight loss results that they were hoping for, and it definitely takes a lot of patience and determination to lose weight through dieting.

If you're not seeing results, you may be making a mistake. Here are a few diet mistakes that could stop you from really losing weight:

1. You Just Diet

This is a mistake that many people make, but they don't realize that it's a mistake until a few months have gone by. Just dieting isn't really enough to promote weight loss, as reducing your food intake will just cause your body to slow down. It's the addition of exercise that makes your diet truly effective, as your body has to continue burning calories in order to power your muscles as you work out. It will be forced to burn fat, which means that you'll see good weight loss results.

2. You Just Cut Sweets

Sweets are just one of the things that you have to cut out of your diet, but is that all that you're eliminating? While cutting sweets and sugar will help you to reduce the foods that immediately affect your blood glucose levels, what about the fat and the extra calories that are being turned into fat? If you eat a lot of chips, beef jerky, peanuts, and other snacks, you'll be putting more fat into your body than is good for it. Sugar is one thing you'll have to cut from your diet, but you'll also need to reduce your fat consumption if you're serious about weight loss.

3. You Added More Meals

We've all read that adding a few more meals to your day can help you to lose weight, as your metabolism will run all day long and keep burning calories. However, while this is true, it only works if you don't consume more calories than your body needs. If you're still eating the same number of calories as you used to, you won't be doing your body any favors. In fact, you'll almost make it harder to lose weight, as you'll come to eat more and more all day long. If you're going to add meals to your day, make sure that you're consuming fewer calories than your body needs.

4. You Just Eat "Salad"

Salad is a very misleading term that has become popular for the massive dishes in the country that use lettuce as a base, but which are loaded with just about everything else. It's not uncommon to see the average salad buffet in the U.S. stocked with bacon bits, cheese, creamy dressings, ham, salami, corn, eggs, and all manner of very high-calorie foods. Sure, you may be eating a salad with some lettuce and tomatoes, but you're smothering it in all the other fatty foods that you should be avoiding while trying to lose weight. If you have these "salads" all the time, you're definitely not going to get the results you want.

5. You Cut Carbs

Cutting carbs is a good way to reduce diabetes, but it's not necessarily going to promote weight loss. Sure, the Atkins diet has become popular, but is it really effective? Your body needs some carbs, as it needs energy to burn for your workouts. It's best to cut simple carbs and only eat complex carbs - from whole grains, wheat, veggies, etc. - but still have some carbs in your diet. That way, you can cut fat as well, and you will lose plenty of weight the healthy way.

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