Dieting tends to be a much more stressful endeavor for women than it is for men, and overthinking can lead to confusion, frustration, and without help, giving up. Men are perfectly able to make a plethora of diet mistakes, though those tend to be more of overeating, and eating an abundance of junk foods. But there are five key mistakes that women make in their weight loss diet plans that most men do not.
1. First is the problem of cutting too many calories. Calories are vital in helping your body run properly, and if you don’t consume enough calories, your body will start losing muscle density. If, on top of that, you focus on cardio exercise, you’re going to lose more muscle and your body will instead cause you to gain fat. This is a double-sided danger – losing muscle will slow your metabolism and make it that much harder for you to lose weight naturally. It will be harder to lose belly fat, shrink your thighs, and firm your arms. Even though it seems like a large number, 1400 calories per day is still not enough to keep your body functioning properly.
Still not convinced? Take a look at all the diet spokeswomen on infomercials, telling you how theirs is the best diet for weight loss. Have you ever noticed how they never seem able to keep their excess weight off? Or that they can end up weighing more than before? There’s more proof that cutting calories doesn’t work.
2. Another danger comes from nostalgia. That is, back in the 1990s, self-proclaimed diet experts told us to avoid fat and stick with diets rich in high-carbohydrate foods. This might work for marathon runners and other extreme athletes, but it doesn’t work for fat loss. And the more high-carb foods you eat, the more you will crave those foods, further eroding your diet plan. After all, when was the last time you were able to stop after just one granola bar? Or a single serving of breakfast cereals? One serving is not small enough to satisfy a woman’s appetite, no matter her fitness level.
The best way to help yourself here is to stop eating the snacks you’ve stashed in your purse and go back to a more healthy diet, one rich in fruits and vegetables. The more low-fat, high-carb foods you eat, the harder it will be to lose weight naturally.
3. A third mistake that women tend to make on their diet is skipping cheat meals, and then embarking on the binges that destroy their weight loss diet plans. Men trying to lose fat are able to stay with their own diet program because they know they are allowed to relax their diet on the weekends for long-awaited cheat meals. But too many women strive for perfection, denying themselves that cheat meal over and over until the temptation is impossible to resist any longer.
And then comes the binge, which devolves into a sugar addiction that lasts for days rather than the course of a single meal. Soon enough, these once strict dieters have more than a passing resemblance to the TV celebrities endorsing various infomercial diet, looking much worse now than when they started their weight loss diet plan. The easiest way to avoid falling off the binge cliff is to simply indulge yourself. Enjoy the cheat days for the rewards they are, and you will be able to avoid any unwanted binging sessions.
4. Women also have the tendency to label certain healthy food as evil and to be avoided at all costs. Fruit, while somewhat high in natural sugars, is one of the best low calorie snacks to eat – it fills you up, gives your body the energy it needs to function properly, and delivers the superfood nutrients that your body craves. Instead of demonizing foods because you heard one fad or another, stick with foods that have been proven healthy for you.
5. Finally, choosing the wrong snacks can prove fatal to any weight loss diet plan. The television ads for Oscar Meyer protein packs show these snacks as a guy’s first choice for snacking, with the nuts, meats, and cheeses that make it taste so good. Women, on the other hand, are given commercials for 100 calorie chocolate bars, yogurt that’s labeled as healthy, but is loaded with sugar, and the sort of granola bars that cannot be eaten just one at a time.
That’s not the worst snack for women trying to lose weight naturally, though. Follow this link to learn what claims the title as the #1 Worst Snack Food for Women (causes mega-bloating).
The Good News
With these mistakes, it may seem that, for women, dieting at all is a daunting endeavor that’s more likely to end in failure and an unhealthy dose of self-loathing. There is good news, though. There are three things that women do for weight loss that men tend not to, often to their benefit.
First, women make use of a weight loss diary or a food journal. Research has shown that keeping careful track of what you eat will make it easier for you to moderate your food intake. This, in turn, will help you lose more weight naturally, and sometimes at a faster rate as well. More recent research has also suggested that taking a picture of your food will work as a more visual sort of weight loss diary. Start keeping track of your meals and snacks today and it will help you see how quickly the weight will slide off.
Women also love to eat like men, savoring the sort of foods that contain higher amounts of protein. Men also don’t worry about counting their intake of carbohydrates and fats, and they eat immediately after exercising. All three of these are good, easy habits to pick up, and it will make your weight loss journey seem just a little bit less intimidating.
Finally, after a day of moderating food intake, there comes the temptation to snack, be it because you’re hungry, bored, angry, or even just distracted. However, you’re less likely to break your meal plans if you feel full all day long. There will be no interest in snacking, and you will be more likely to maintain your weight loss diet plan.
Kicking the sugar addiction can be hard, but after you’ve done that, you’ll have more energy, and it will be easier to break even the most stubborn of weight loss plateaus. Still having difficulty? Stop This Diet Mistake & Get Your Fat Burning Nutrition Solution to learn what silly snacks to avoid and how to eat so that you will feel full all day, even while your body burns fats.
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