THE 6 BIGGEST EATING MISTAKES YOU MAKE
by Chanelle Retief (Registered Dietician)
11 October 2017
You might think you are eating healthy – or less if your goal is weight loss – but most often than not, you are fooling yourself. Dietician Chanelle Retief shares from her experience the biggest eating mistakes most of us make.
1. Underestimating intake and overestimate training: Many of us underestimate what we eat on a daily basis. We eat while we drive, we eat when socialising, we nibble when preparing food and so the list goes on. At the end of the day you have eaten way more than what you should have.
2. Eating healthy, but huge portions: Another trap many of us fall into is that we tend to eat healthy food, but in such big portions that it actually causes weight gain.
3. Falling for fad diets, advisements and unhealthy diets
Yip, we are all guilty of this one. With social media on the forefront there is lots of misleading information available for everybody to access on the internet. Individuals want a quick fix, and let’s face it, many of these ‘promises’ look very attractive. But remind yourself daily: it does not exist! It is important to remember that you did not gain all that weight in 28 days, so you can’t expect to lose all of it in 28 days.
The red light should start flashing as soon as a specific diet tells you to exclude a certain food group entirely, when you have to take pills or injections or if the weight-loss sound unrealistic (realistically you could lose 0.5 – 1.5kg per week, without losing muscle mass). Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
4. Turning a cheat meal into a cheat month
One healthy meal does not make you healthy and one unhealthy meal does not make you unhealthy. Do not lose all hope when you had a chocolate, or a cheat meal or a piece of cake at a birthday party. Enjoy the treat, don’t feel bad and guilty for days. But then make sure it stops there and doesn’t become a habit.
5. Failing to plan, planning to fail
Having enough time is always a problem, especially for athletes. Try to plan ahead as far as possible, not only with preparing food but also with planning your shopping and your training sessions. Try to buy all your groceries on one or two days in the week. Plan your trips from work so that you can stop at the track or gym first for a training session and prepare your food in advance.
6. Thinking healthy food it expensive
Healthy food is not expensive. Food that we think is healthy, is expensive. Healthy food does not have to be expensive, healthy food is fresh foods, foods that isn’t refined and that we prepare in a healthy manner. Beware of foods that are promoted as “superfoods” or foods that have certain claims on the labels. These foods are expensive – without any real benefits.
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