To achieve good health & wellness, you need to sort out your diet. The things you put in your body every single day will have a significant bearing on all other elements of your health. A bad diet won't just lead to weight gain, but it could also make you sluggish, ruin your skin, and cause various health complications.
So, how do you achieve a good diet? Avoiding some of the most common nutrition mistakes known to nutrition experts will certainly help. These errors are made all the time, so let’s see if you’re practicing any of them now!
Following fad diets
A fad diet is basically any diet where you have to follow a very explicit set of rules. Usually, this involves only eating something or completely cutting a certain food source out of your meals. For example, many people adopt the no-carbs diet, thinking it helps them lose weight really fast. Honestly, these sorts of diets just aren't worth your time. A fellow nutrition expert, Kristen Blake also says that you don't need fad diets to achieve your goals and be healthy. These diets are often counterproductive as you can't stick to them, so you end up relapsing and following a bad diet once more. Keep things simple: the best diet is a balanced one!
Eating too much sugar
Sugar is so incredibly bad for you when you consume it in large amounts. It can cause issues with your blood sugar levels, but it's also strongly linked to weight gain. The problem is that most diets contain insane amounts of sugar - usually without you realizing it. Did you know that soft drinks and smoothies contain vast amounts of sugar? Realistically, you should only consume around 30g of free sugars per day. If you're going over that, you could put yourself at risk of developing health problems. Even honey and maple syrup can add up - remember, sugar is sugar is sugar to the body!
Not tracking your food
Finally, not tracking your food is technically a nutrition mistake. It is an excellent way of seeing how many calories you're eating per day, along with all the other macronutrients. Tracking will help you realize when you've over or under eating, letting you make the necessary adjustments. It also helps you spot any potentially bad habits - like eating too much sugar - again, letting you fix them. You don't have to track your food every single day for the rest of your life, but it is super helpful in the beginning if you have specific goals you want to achieve. For example, if you want to gain or lose weight, tracking during your journey will help you reach the target faster. Plus, after a period of tracking, you become accustomed to your food habits and can basically track them in your mind. Then, if you start to drift from your target weight, you can start tracking again - simple! I highly recommend doing this with the help of a dietitian who can oversee your progress and make changes as needed.
The secret to following a good diet is ensuring that everything is balanced. You should consume a balanced amount of nutrients, and understand how many calories are required to achieve your personal goals. Avoiding the three mistakes above should help you have an easier time of it.