You Aren’t Eating Enough

You Aren’t Eating Enough

Some dieters get so caught up in being thin that they heavily restrict the number of calories they eat, or even turn to going the whole day without eating. Going on these dangerously restrictive diets can actually slow down your metabolism and cause pounds to burn off slower, so remember to stay on the healthy track of a balanced diet and exercise.

2 You Eat Three Large Meals a Day
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Contrary to popular belief, eating large quantities of food three times a day isn’t always the best choice for your waistline. The main problem with this way of eating is that while you still can lose weight when doing it right, it may not be the best move for your metabolism. A study published in the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that eating more frequent, smaller meals a day can help control hunger and lower cravings, which can lead to weight loss. To switch things up, try reducing the size of your meals and have some healthy snacks like nuts and fruit if you’re still hungry in between meals.

3 You’re Eating Low-Fat or Fat-Free Dairy
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Although full-fat dairy has more calories (and obviously more fat) than its skim counterparts, it actually isn’t a worse choice for your weight-loss goals, according to the European Journal of Epidemiology. The journal analyzed 29 different studies and found that whole fat dairy products don’t have a significant difference to your health when compared to lower-fat dairy products. The researchers stated that overall, any dairy product has a “neutral” effect on our health. Full-fat dairy products may be the better choice since they fill you up for longer than skim or low-fat dairy, and help your body absorb more of the fat-soluble vitamins that many dairy products are fortified with.

4 You Don’t Eat Nuts
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Nuts are a great addition to your diet. Dieters tend to stray from nuts because of their high fat content, but they actually contain good fats, omega-3 fatty acids, that can help you shed the pounds. A study conducted by the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition showed that having pistachios as a snack rather than pretzels or other carb-filled options can lower your BMI a point in just four weeks. They also helped lower cholesterol levels.

5 You Sit Down for Most of the Day
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If you work an office job, you may not get as much activity during the day as you should. Try to find ways to move around in a sedentary setting. Take the stairs, walk to the nearest café instead of ordering takeout for lunch, and try biking to and from work instead of driving. Any activity during the day counts!

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