There are a lot of diet tips out there and, as much as some of them can give you a great advantage to accelerate the speed and effectiveness of your diet, there are also a lot of them that will never give you any advantage at all. In fact, those weight loss tips might actually end up holding you back from achieving everything that you could through diet and exercise alone.
To help to protect yourself against some of those diet tips that don’t work, here is a list for you to review so that you can see if you’ve fallen victim to any of them. The odds are that you’ve at least heard of some of these and you may even have tried some! It’s better that you know the truth now so that you can stop working so hard without getting anything positive in return.
• Eat gluten free – If you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance then your doctor has likely told you to stop eating foods that contain gluten. However, if that’s not the case, then all you’re doing is slashing the proteins that you could be eating and you will likely find that after a lot of limitations and a ton of work learning new recipes, you won’t be doing any better. Gluten-free foods can be just as calorie-heavy as those that contain gluten.
• Never eat any “unhealthy” foods – Although it is a great idea to reduce the amount of junk food that you eat, if you try to eliminate it, altogether, you will actually do more harm than good over time. After all, if you are feeling deprived, then you will not be able to keep up your diet. The trick is to eat junk foods strategically. Have it in a reasonable amount and only once or twice per week. There is no reason for you to eat cake once a day and chips every other day! This is one of the diet tips that will cause you to binge eat, so be sure to treat yourself occasionally.
• Skip meals – Studies have shown, time and time again, that skipping meals can actually raise the amount of fat around your middle, instead of shrinking it. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry recently published a study that showed just that. Spread out a reasonable amount of food throughout the day instead of trying to starve yourself at any point.
• Eat the low fat versions of the foods you love – Just because a product is “low fat” it doesn’t mean that it’s better for your diet. In fact, some of them are much worse. Since some or all of the fat has been removed, flavor needs to be replaced, somehow. That can mean added salt, sugar, or both. This can mean that a previously healthy food can become bad for you, or that you’ll actually end up stuck with even more calories than if you’d just eaten the original!