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Diet strategies that could be working against you

Diet strategies that could be working against you

It’s hard to know the best approach for losing weight when you’re inundated with stories about the latest fad diets and weight-loss gadgets. To make it more difficult, it seems that what was recommended a few years ago has now fallen out of favor.

Take, for instance, these techniques that many people believe will help them lose weight. They may actually be doing the opposite, even though they were once thought to be beneficial. If you’re trying to drop pounds but are not getting the results you want, see if any of these common diet errors apply to you:

Diet mistake: You eat a small salad for dinner

Why it doesn’t work: Salad is a great option if it contains protein, leafy greens, and colorful vegetables. But eating a bowl of iceberg lettuce with just a sprinkle of cheese may not keep you satisfied for long. If you’ve already had bariatric surgery, you know the post-surgery diet includes a high amount of protein, which is important to keep you feeling satisfied and to build muscle. Make your salad with nutrient-packed greens like kale and spinach, and include about three ounces of lean protein, such as lean chicken, fish, beans, or egg whites.

Diet mistake: You eat several small meals so you don’t get hungry

Why it doesn’t work: This was touted as a weight-loss strategy for years, with many believing it would keep your metabolism running and hunger at bay. But research suggests eating several small meals may not be helping your metabolism at all, and may make it easier to consume too many calories. If you’re consuming five or six small meals, those calories can quickly add up to more than your recommended daily amount if you’re not extremely careful. And, you may be eating when you’re not really hungry, which isn’t ideal. Instead, listen to your body’s hunger cues, and when your stomach grumbles, fill it with something that has healthy protein, fat, and carbs. Keep track of your calorie intake and how much you should consume by using anonline tool like SuperTracker.

Diet mistake: You exercise regularly — but then enjoy a big post-workout snack

Why it doesn’t work: Many people overestimate the amount of calories they burn during a workout. The machines at the gym can give you an estimate, but it’s not fool-proof. Jogging for 30 minutes could burn about 300 calories, but it’s easy to eat all those calories — and more — when you feel hungry after exercise. A good post-workout snack combines some protein and carbs, but not too many calories. A small piece of cheese and an apple, for instance, can give you what you need without replenishing the same amount of calories you just burned.

If you think you’ve fallen into one of these diet traps in the past, don’t dwell on it. Take a look at your calorie intake and calorie burn, and work toward a plan to balance food and activity. If you’ve tried diet and exercise and still aren’t seeing results, it may be time to talk with your physician. He or she can help you manage your health and talk with you about more weight-loss strategies.

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CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.

Content on our website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical treatment.

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