(PRWEB) October 22, 2014
Whether you have some major weight loss goals or you are just trying to get rid of that last ten to twenty pounds, many people find themselves struggling for years to perfect their diet plan. However, no matter what your goals, just about any diet can be quickly sabotaged by a few bad habits. From snowballing snacking to hidden calories, take a look at these tips for maximizing your weight loss success.
One simple way to avoid the temptation to overeat during a meal is to simply slow down. While hectic schedules and busy days often lead people to try to eat as quickly as possible, taking the time to savor each bite can actually help you to eat less. Keep in mind that it takes about twenty minutes for your brain to fully process the fact that you are full, no matter how much you’ve eaten.
Skipping meals may seem like an easy shortcut for any diet, but doing so can disrupt your metabolism and even lead to taking in extra calories elsewhere. For instance, research suggests that those who skip breakfast tend to give in to stronger cravings later on, including a greater tendency to snack or have an oversized midday meal. Making sure to eat a protein and fiber-rich breakfast each morning will help you to keep full until lunchtime and avoid snacking.
The hidden calories in daily drinks are another common pitfall for dieters. You should keep in mind that smoothies, coffee with any additives, juices, teas, sodas, and alcoholic drinks can all contribute to dramatic weight gain. In fact, a recent study found that, on average, Americans get about 21 percent of their daily caloric intake from beverages alone. Try to substitute water for juices and soda, drink alcohol in moderation, and try to keep track of the caloric value of your drinks as well as your meals.
Finally, any diet can go astray when you add on extra toppings, sauces, or dressings. That modest side salad or grilled chicken club becomes a whole lot less healthy when topped with full-fat mayo, creamy dressings, cheeses, bacon, and croutons. In addition to extras, try to avoid eating oversized portions, and make sure to keep track of everything you eat during the course of the day. You should always keep in mind that, when it comes to weight loss, absolutely every calorie counts.
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