In 3 minutes, Craig Ballantyne was able to burn 43 calories during an uphill treadmill sprint. In those same three minutes, his partner Brad Pilon, stood nearby and consumed over 1,000 calories worth of pizza and soda.
Increasing exercise in order to get in beach-body shape is only half of it. A proper naked diet is crucial to weight loss success. Before starting your journey be sure to avoid these five common diet mistakes.
Crash dieting. Waiting till the week before vacation to implement a crash diet is not the way to reach your goals. Lose the fake stuff and get real. Give yourself time to make healthy eating changes to your diet. Get rid of fried foods, sugar and anything white. Make greens the bulk of your diet, with beans, nuts, seeds, and fruit.
Drinking Your Calories. For God Sake, don’t drink your calories. A glass of wine (or 2) , and your specialty blended coffees drink like Caramel Mocha Frappucino Lattes with extra cream are packed with as much calories as a small meal, so why not just eat a meal?
Choosing unhealthy add-ons. Healthy food choices can easily be infiltrated by unhealthy sauces or dressings drenched on top. Pay attention to portions because even healthy dippers like peanut butter or hummus could pack on extra calories by mindlessly consuming extra servings.
Taking the weekends off. Treating yourself to a less healthy meal on the weekend should not be enough to knock you off the weight loss wagon, however it is important to understand that weight loss through healthy eating is a 24/7 commitment. Every meal is an opportunity to improve your health, so you’ve got lots of opportunity. Take advantage of extra time on the weekend for food shopping and preparing healthy snacks and meals for your busy work week ahead. This will insure success.
Eating CRAP! There is no excuse for not knowing what the frig’ you are eating. Crap consumes supermarket shelves and I admit it can be damn confusing. But be forewarned that when you eat crap, you feel like crap. Did you know that food that is labeled as low fat can be worse for you than its original form? Foods that are naturally low in fat and products that are chemically altered to be “low fat” actually have added sugar and other unnatural additives. Research has shown that people are more likely to over eat “low fat” or “low calorie” foods. Fat is a necessary part of our diet and is a component of the meal that leaves us feeling full and satisfied. “Low fat” cookies that have added sugars to replace the fat may leave us craving more than if we had the actual full fat original. Healthy fats like almonds and avocado have been shown to actually increase weight loss. (and healthy fat is a separate blog topic)