(CARLSBAD, CA) – You read food labels. You avoid dining out. You eat plenty of veggies with every meal. So, why aren’t the numbers changing on your scale?
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t eating as healthy as we think we are. The basic rules of keeping calorie counts low, eating plenty of fruits & vegetables, and limiting refined sugars are vital. But, they’re just the beginning.
If you feel like you’re doing everything right, but the numbers on the scale still aren’t budging, check out these seven deadly diet sins to see if one of them is your culprit.
- Skipping breakfast. You’re running late. You don’t have an appetite in the morning. You’re saving calories for a big lunch meeting. Regardless of your seemingly valid reason, skipping breakfast is a big no-no! You need a morning meal to rev up your metabolism. The best breakfast includes both protein and carbs, as well as some healthy unsaturated fats.
Eating on the go. One study from the University of Toronto-Mississauga determined that people who sit down for a meal consume approximately 200 fewer calories than those who eat while standing or “on the go.” Researchers suggest that you pay more attention to what you are eating – and how much you are eating – if you’re not multi-tasking during your meal.
Creaming your coffee. Cream has triple the number of calories as milk, and six times the fat! Even non-dairy creamers are typically packed with trans fats. But, don’t despair. If you can’t stomach the thought of drinking your coffee black, there are reasonable options. Your best bet is to use actual milk. You’ll get vitamins A, B, and D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and less fat.
Dressing up. Eating your veggies is a great dietary habit. But adding creamy dressings can double or triple the number of calories in your salad. An innocent dinner salad becomes a diet disaster when paired with ranch or Thousand Island, let alone blue cheese! Even low-calorie dressings are often jam-packed with sugar. Use a salad dressing made with olive oil to add flavor to your veggies without all the excess calories.
Starving yourself. Undereating is just as problematic as overeating. If you don’t eat regularly throughout the day, your body will go into starvation mode. You’ll disrupt your blood sugar and insulin levels. Your metabolism will shut down. Your body may even hang onto excess fat. Ideally, you want to eat something approximately every four hours. Never “starve yourself” in between meals.
Failing to exercise. Nutrition is not only about what you eat. It’s also about helping your body to use food efficiently. For that to happen, you need exercise. Exercise stokes your metabolism, so that your body burns the calories from food much more effectively. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends aiming for 30-60 minutes of exercise on most days of the week to get real results.
Midnight munching. Getting out of bed for a midnight snack can pack on extra pounds and disrupt your sleep cycle. Midnight munching can upset your body’s circadian rhythm (your body clock that causes you to feel sleepy or alert). Interrupting your body’s internal clock can consequently cause your metabolism to slow down, meaning you’ll burn fewer calories. If you wake up hungry in the middle of the night, try drinking a glass of water before reaching for the milk and cookies.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. For more than 40 years, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive fitness program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.