How to Avoid Common Weightloss Diet Traps

Don’t let these traps throw you off your diet

You’re eating right, even doing some exercise and still the scale won’t budge. You may have fallen into a weight loss trap. See if you can identify which of these sneaky deceptive practices may be sabotaging your weight loss success:

  • Failure to Consider Counting Calories

Even though a low carb diet is more concerned about carbs than calories, you still cannot consume mass quantities of food and expect to lose weight. So calculate both your carbs and calories when journaling your diet, and realize that just eliminating 500 calories a day ( which is easy if you cut out 250 as calories and add 250 calories of exercise a day) can result in a consistent 1-2 pound weight loss per week.

  • Failing to Understand Deceitful Food Labeling

This one is REALLY sneaky, as manufacturers do NOT make a product ONE SERVING size, but rather sneak several servings into their package. Just look at a candy bar. It says a king size bar has only 170 calories, but it’s for ONE THIRD of that bar, not the entire thing. So…read the servings per package amount FIRST. It could save you a world of calories/carb hurt!

  • Eating in Front of the TV

Doing anything that distracts you from focusing on the food you are eating has been shown to result in at least 300 MORE calories per meal than if you ate in silence. This goes for talking on the phone or reading a magazine. So dedicate your meal time to just that – your food and watch your calories/carb consumption stabilize.

  • Eating Only Three Meals a Day

I know this may sound counterintuitive, but people who eat smaller meals more frequently during the day, keep their metabolism stoked and burn more calories. It also prevents you from overating to compensate for feeling “starved”, so consider adding 2 snacks a day of high fiber or high protein foods and watch your weight start to disappear.

  • Denying Food Cravings

Debbie Reynolds once said that “sex is like air…you don’t miss it until you’re not getting any!” Well, the same can be said about denying food cravings. If you’ve been dreaming of foods such as cake, pasta, bread etc but force yourself to eat salads, you could simply end up filling the unmet need with too many calories from other foods. So eat a SMALL portion of whatever you feel you are being deprived of on your new diet plan, and watch how easily the craving disappears.

  • Cooking and Cleaning Alone

I know this may sound strange, but studies show that when you cook or clean up alone, you sample food and are tempted to nibble on leftovers, which can add “ghost” calories/carbs to any meal. So let your family participate in the process so you don’t overeat.

  • Ordering an Entree at a Restaurant

Entrees have been supersized and can add a whopping load of calories/carbs to your diet plan, so always order appetizer dishes instead when eating out.

  • New Diets are Exciting

Let’s face it. When you start a new diet, the change is exciting, but after a week or so, it’s easy to tire of the routine, so you have to change your mindset and look at this as a lifestyle change and not expect every day to offer a glamorous change in your body. It WILL happen, but only over time and with consistency in your goals.

  • Rapid Weightloss is All Fat

Yeah right. Well, that is what many diet plans would like you to think when they offer an induction plan. In reality, all that is lost is a lot of water and even some muscle, so skip the induction phases and just start on the slower, controlled weight change that comes with moderate changes in your diet. Remember, exercise is important to keep your muscles toned and to serve as the furnace for burning more sugar as you work.


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Top 3 Secret Good Carb High-Protein Grains

Following a low carb diet plan doesn’t mean you have to eliminate ALL
whole grains from your diet. You don’t need to give up your daily bread
or morning cereal if you’re on a low carb diet or have a wheat allergy.
Just choose any of these Top 3 Secret Good Carb high protein grains,
used by the Aztecs, Romans, Incas and the Egyptians:

  • Quinoa is a powerhouse of nutrition favored by the Incas.
    It can be turned into a tabbouleh or a high-protein good carb breakfast
    cereal. To cook Quinoa: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in 1-cup
    rinsed quinoa. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork. If desired,
    toast the quinoa before cooking to bring out the nutty flavor.
  • Amaranth was the Aztec’s choice for flour, cereal or crackers.
    It boasts a protein content that exceeds ordinary wheat.To cook Amaranth:
    Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil, stir in 1-cup amaranth.
  • Spelt was a staple of every Gladiator’s diet, again having
    more protein than regular wheat. I prefer it as a pasta. To cook Spelt:
    For whole grain, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Stir in 1-cup spelt
    grain; simmer for one hour. For rolled grain, bring 2 cups water to
    a boil. Stir in 1 cup spelt grain; simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

All these high-protein good carb grains can be found as flour, cracker,
cereal, bread, pasta or even cookies! And as an added benefit, these
grains are high in fiber ( and we already know that is one of the keys
to weight loss.)

Allergic to wheat? Not to worry. These grains are just what
you’re looking for to keep your protein levels high. Now, some contain
no wheat but do contain gluten, which needs to be avoided by those with
Celiac Sprue Disease. I’ve included a table to help keep things clear.
So check them out in stores such as Whole Foods, Wild Oats or Trader
Joes or in the Health Food section of your local grocery store.

Here’s some great resources for recipes using these ancient grains:

Gluten/Wheat Content

Barley gluten
Oats gluten
Spelt gluten
Kamut wheat/gluten
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10 Foods That Sabotage Your Diet

Step
Away from These Bad Boys

Want to know which foods are the WORST ones to ever pass your lips?
Steer your grocery cart clear of:

  • DONUTS
    White flour, sugar and fried. Need I say more.Okay I will: trans fats
  • MARGARINE
    Two words: trans fats. Butter, especially unsalted butter is your best
    choice.
  • SUGARED CEREALS
    I’m talking puffed, dyed, sweetened and chock full of chemicals. Hmm..maybe
    THIS is where the weapons of mass destruction are hiding! Again, trans
    fats.
  • SPORTS DRINKS
    Anything that reminds you of antifreeze or your children’s waterpaint
    cleaner CAN’T be good for you. These products are stuffed with sugar
    polymers with no nutritional benefit.
  • TOASTER PASTRIES
    The ingredient lists of these products COULD be used to make weapons
    of mass destruction in your body.Remember those two words: trans fats.
  • CHIPS
    I’m not talking the Eric Estrada kind…but those greasy, processed,
    frankenstein version of real food. Again, two words: trans fats.
  • SODA POP
    9 teaspoons of sugar per can. Just pour the “pounds” down the drain.
  • BALONEY/HOT DOGS
    Any food that is made up of animal parts that are so fat laden they
    could lube your sports bike doesn’t belong in your diet.
  • CRACKERS
    Hydrogentated trans fats and white flour. Nuf said.

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