Nutrition Quick Tip: Avoid 4 Dieting Mishaps

Many dieters go to all lengths to try and lose weight. The problem: Some tactics not only don't work, they can actually harm the body.

If you're on a mission to drop a few pounds, avoid these common dieting mishaps.

Depriving Yourself

Foods we don't bite can come back to bite us. Being deprived isn't a great way to enjoy life. Nevertheless, the first thing many dieters do is cut out comfort food. This becomes a recipe for disaster, because any diet that is based on denying yourself the foods you really like is going to be temporary.

Skipping Meals

Skipping meals actually lowers your metabolic rate. When you skip meals you become deficient and usually end up overeating later in the day. Simply eating your three meals a day can burn up to 10 percent more calories than are used skipping any one of them.

More: Eat More to Lose Weight

Focusing Too Much on Calorie Counting

Food is not just calories; it's information. Did you know that food can turn on the genes that lead to good health? It's true. And the secret is the quality and type of food you eat, not necessarily the number of calories you consume or the ratio of protein to fat to carbohydrate in your diet. This happens when whole, real, fresh foods are consumed.

More: How Many Calories Do I Need?

Nutrient density measures the benefit you get from food compared to the number of calories it contains. Here are the top five: kale, collards, bok choy, spinach, Brussles sprouts.

Drinking Diet Soda

A University of Texas Health Science Center study found the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk for becoming overweight. Drinking just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500 percent. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body's natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods.

More: 3 Simple Ways to Cut Sugar Out of Your Diet

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About the Author

Fran Benedict

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

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