The Top 7 Nutritional Mistakes for Your Fitness Program
Aside from the physical aspect of working out, there are nutritional guidelines that you should follow to optimize your chances of reaching your ideal weight. When it comes to an effective fitness program, you need to make sure that you are eating the right “stuff”. Failing to do so may result in counteracting what you’ve worked so hard in the gym for. In this article, we are going to talk about the seven most common nutritional mistakes made by people while training.
Nutritional Mistake #1: “Group-Think” Mentality
When you rely on media or general wisdom to make nutritional choices, you are often setting yourself up for failure. What you have to remember is that most dieting information you read on the Internet is going to be wrong. The same holds true for people in or around the fitness atmosphere. Sometimes, it is wiser to take dieting advice with a grain of salt until you can be assured that it actually holds merit.
Nutritional Mistake #2: Junk Food in Moderation is NOT Okay
A lot of people are guilty of this one… People are very good are developing rationalizations for why they do things- especially when it comes to breaking their diet. For example, “It’s Sunday, I guess I can eat one hamburger today. Tomorrow, I’ll stick back to my plan”. Sometimes this works, but usually it ends up with that person going overboard. To have success in this department, you need to be disciplined and stick to your dieting plan no matter what.
Nutritional Mistake #3: The “Slim Equals Healthy” Mentality
Most people tend to believe that being slim is the same as being healthy. Granted, being overweight isn’t anything to be proud of but at least it won’t give you a false sense of security in regards to your health. It is completely possible to be slim as well as diabetic and it is completely possible to be slim and suffer from a stroke or heart attack. Don’t allow the illusion of being skinny prevent you from taking a non-objective look at your body. Are you really as healthy as you should be?
Nutritional Mistake #4: Using Vitamins to Replace Unhealthy Eating Habits
Taking vitamins isn’t going to take away from the fact that you aren’t eating healthy. Also, taking vitamins isn’t going to protect you from the consequences associated with poor dieting. This really isn’t rocket science: don’t justify what you eat by saying “But I’m taking vitamins.”
This is never okay and can still lead to serious medical issues if you don’t take care of this problem. On the same not, don’t carry the misconception that exercising allows you to eat whatever you want. What most people don’t know is that working out isn’t going to change your biochemistry (what is required to lose weight). The only thing that changes that is what you eat.
Nutritional Mistake #5: Poor Belief Systems
Most people tend to belief that just because their parents were obese or out of shape that they’ll suffer the same fate. This is actually far from the truth. Researchers are now starting to discover that we have about 90% control over our genetic expression. Just because your mother was obese doesn’t mean that you’ll become obese. And just because your grandfather had a heart attack doesn’t mean that you’ll get one. If you commit to eating healthy, then you aren’t committed to this future.
Nutritional Mistake #6: “But I’ll have to give up Great Tasting Foods”
This isn’t necessarily true at all. There are plenty of foods that are extremely healthy and still taste very good. It is only a matter of switching over into this mindset and accepting the fact that you won’t be eating at any more fast food restaurants or ordering pizza. If you can get past this initial disappointment, you would discover that there are actually numerous great tasting foods which are healthy for your body.
Nutritional Mistake #7: Believing that Diets are Too Expensive
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Quite the contrary actually, eating right can save you thousands of dollars a year. Every trip to the grocery store will would result in a lot of money saved. When you approach dieting from a principle-based, educated standpoint, you’ll come to realize that it is far cheaper than you actually think and far easier to maintain than you’ve been lead to believe.
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