Been trying to lose those few extra pounds but finding it close to impossible? If you’ve tried to lose weight but haven’t managed to do the same, then there is a chance that you could be making a few common dieting mistakes. Even if you’ve been hitting the gym religiously and have tried every recommended physical activity, your weight might not change unless you also focus on your diet. Here are a few common dieting mistakes everyone makes.

Hydrate

A common dieting mistake is not drinking enough water which leads to dehydration. This leads to a slow down in your metabolism. Studies have shown that you tend to burn more calories if you consume enough water. The recommended quantity to consume is at least 8 to 10 glasses, a day.

Keep The Caffeine

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, so your daily dose of coffee can bring up your metabolism level by 5 to 8%—about 98 to 174 calories a day. A cup of tea can raise your metabolism by 12%. Researchers believe the antioxidant catechins in tea provide the boost.

Crash Diet

The best way to lose weight is to burn off fat slowly over a period of time. Crash dieting or fasting, whilst removing fat also removes muscle and tissue, which crashes your metabolic rate. Crash diets also keep you lethargic and irritable because they do not constitute a proper balanced diet.

Post and Pre-workout Meal

Something very vital to your exercise routine are the meals you have pre- and post-workout. Make sure you have a meal pre-workout so that you have enough energy through the session. Do not wait too long after the workout to have a meal. Your body requires replenishment after going through the rigours of a workout.

Not a License to Eat

Many people mistakenly use the fact that they workout regularly as a license to eat whatever they want. Exercising will not have its desired results if you consume unhealthy food regularly. A balanced diet comprising of whole grains, fruits and vegetables is absolutely necessary to employ the full effects of daily exercise.

Portions

Not knowing the ideal portions for the food you consume is another common dieting mistake. Portions for proteins such as meat or fish, should be the size of your palm. A single serving of carbohydrates should be one handful, and vegetables and salads should fit into two closely cupped hands. Chewing slowly also helps your mind register feeling full earlier than you normally do.

Avoid making any of the above mentioned mistakes and stick to your workout routine and diet to lose those few kilos you’ve been planning on getting rid of. Always remember a healthy and fit body deserves regular exercise and a proper diet.

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