Most diets are started with the best of intentions. Whether to lose weight, improve overall health, feel better or increase your self-esteem and energy. Nobody sets out to fail when embarking on a diet. Yet that’s exactly what thousands of people do every year. There are a myriad of reasons why diets fail. Unrealistic expectations of losing too much weight too fast, unsustainable fad diets that eliminate whole food groups, and emotional eating to name a few. Some studies even show that once a diet is over, a large majority of people gain back all or sometimes even more weight than they lost to begin with. Many of these people were caught unawares by common diet traps.
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Let’s take a closer look at these ten common diet traps…
1. Cutting too Many Calories from your Diet
While it is true that the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in, drastically reducing your intake does not speed up the process. In fact if you cut too many calories your body goes into a primitive starvation mode and your metabolism actually slows down.
This is your body’s attempt to keep you alive until you find more food. The average woman needs 2000 calories per day and the average man needs 2500 in order to maintain a healthy weight. If you’re trying to lose pounds your caloric intake should not dip lower than 1200 per day.