The 5 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes When Trying to Lose Weight

The 5 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes When Trying to Lose Weight

Losing weight isn’t an easy feat for anyone. This is no secret. 

If you have ever tried to make healthy lifestyle choices and been frustrated that you’re not seeing the results you want you might be following outdated advice. Advice that won’t get you anywhere and may actually be the reason you’re not seeing the changes you desire. 

There are several mistakes people make when it comes to weight loss but here are the top 5 most common ones:

  • Not eating enough calories

  • Yes you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight but not eating enough can also derail your progress. Sustaining a very large calorie deficit for long periods of time is counterproductive for muscle growth, energy production, metabolism function and many other bodily processes that are required for weight loss. So reduce your calorie intake but don’t starve yourself. 

  • Choosing low fat, low carb or no sugar products

  • These are the products that may seem healthy at a glance but when you look more closely are actually the opposite. These products are a gimmick, a trick. When you remove fats, carbohydrates and sugars from a product you have to choose an alternative in order for it to taste good. This means that these foods are highly processed and full of chemicals that often make you hungrier than before. Steer clear of these altogether. 

  • Not prioritising protein

  • Protein is king when it comes to weight loss. It helps to reduce your appetite, build muscle, improve metabolic rate, and keeps you fuller for longer. Majority of your meals should be high in protein but don’t skimp on the fruits and vegetables. If protein is king, fibre (from fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains) are queen. 

  • Cutting out entire food groups

  • Unless you are allergic to a certain food or food group (eg. gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant) then cutting out entire food groups is unsustainable and frankly, unnecessary. Enjoy everything in moderation, with the exception of highly processed foods, eat these sparingly. 

  • Taking shortcuts due to unrealistic expectations

  • There is no magic pill when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, you simply have to do the work. It will take time and it won’t be easy in the beginning but eventually your routines will become a habit and you will start feeding off of the momentum you’ve created. Stick with it. 

    If any of these sound like you, don’t stress. We are constantly bombarded with nutrition and weight loss advice and it’s hard to know what is what these days. These mistakes are easily made but they are easily fixed. If you want to take the thought out of it, our CASSIUS Advanced Meal Replacement shakes can help. 

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