Alcohol, especially wine and beer, is full of sugar and calories, says rose Chamberlain, naturopathic chef at http://newyoubootcamp.com.
If you want to lose weight and enjoy a tipple, give up the booze for a week. You could lose up to five pounds, then stick to drinking once a week in moderation to continue losing around one to two pound a week. Count calories from hot and cold drinks too (sweet, milky coffees can be shockingly high in calories). And drink more water. Infuse it with mint, lime or fruit overnight to liven it up.
2. Following fad diets
Most people treat a fad diet as a quick-fix project, after which they return to their old way of eating, and quickly put on the weight they lost – plus, in many cases, even more, says Joanne Henson, health and wellness coach and author of What’s Your Excuse For Not Eating Healthily?
To prevent this happening Joanne recommends you do the following:
3.Misreading food labels
Always check that the nutritional information on the front of packaging is for the amount of the food you’re going to eat, says registered dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker.
Often it’s just for half or less of the product, but as this is in fine print it’s easy to miss – so you might actually eat more calories than you think. This is a common dieting pitfall. When you’re trying to lose weight, the main thing to check is the calorie content.
4. Getting your carb balance wrong
Eating too many starchy carbohydrates and too much of the wrong variety can cause weight problems, explains Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist specialising in women’s health.
But don’t cut out this whole food group as you could end up feeling tired and craving fattening sugary foods. Dr Marilyn advises that you:
5.Eating too much healthy food
If you buy gluten-free products because you think they’re healthier and lower calorie and not because you have a gluten intolerance, this can backfire, says nutritionist and pharmacist Rita Arora. The long-shelf-life products can be laden with preservatives and are high GI so they’re not that filling. If you ‘re prepared to pay extra for healthier foods, Rita recommends going organic instead – at least for some items. ˜The simple rule is, the more water content there is in a food, the better off you are with organic option, so you might want to buy organic strawberries but non-organic potatoes.
6. Eating too much healthy food
Cassandra Bans, nutritionist at The Nutri Centre, says:
7. Too many diet drinks and foods
According to nutritionist and obesity researcher Zoe Harcombe, artificial sweeteners can have an adverse effect on appetite and weight.