Break These Diet Rules If You Want To Lose Weight!

Have only a glass of juice for breakfast’, ‘don’t eat egg yolks’, ‘cut out rice from your diet’… the dieting rules to lose weight can seem endless and perplexing! What’s worse is that not all of these rules are backed by science and many of them simply restrict your diet without providing any weight loss benefits.

Find out which diet rules you should break and still lose weight.

Break These Diet Rules And Drop Those Extra Kilos

When you are desperate to lose weight, you turn to the more extreme plans that have very restrictive diet dos and don’ts. This is probably the most common diet mistake – you might be all charged up right now but in a couple of days, you will start to feel low and end up binging in a fit of frustration. So go ahead and break these diet rules; you’ll thank us when you’re slim!

1. Say ‘No’ To Snacking

“Snacking actually helps to control hunger pangs and lowers the risk of binging”  

This is total BS! Snacking is important so that you don’t go crazy and overeat at your main meals. This does not mean that you can keep snacking on chips and samosas and still expect to lose weight; have healthy low calorie snacks instead.

Chow down on homemade bhel with sprouts when you feel those hunger pangs coming on. Research on snack timings shows that it is best to have your snacks later in the day to increase weight loss.

2. Fat-Free Is The Way To Be

“Contrary to popular belief, monounsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, and fish help to prevent belly fat”

So many snacks these days are labelled “fat free”, but this doesn’t mean that they are good for you. Of course you should avoid deep fried foods like the plague, but that doesn’t mean that you should go to extremes and avoid all fats.

In fact, research shows that some healthy fats can aid weight loss, as monounsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, and fish help to prevent the buildup of belly fat.

3. Deserts Are A No-No

“Healthy low calorie desserts stave off sugar cravings and help you stick to your diet”

For those of you with a sweet tooth, swearing of dessert is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back and you quickly fall of the diet wagon. The truth is, indulging in the occasional dessert can be a good way to stave off sugar cravings – just make sure that your desserts are low in calories.

You can have sorbet instead of ice cream or sweetened dahi instead of mishti doi. A slice of honey-smeared hot toast dusted with cinnamon powder is easy to prepare and low in calories.

4. Carbs Are The Enemy

“You do not need to cut back on carbs to lose weight, you simply need to choose healthy carbs”

‘You need to cut back on carbs to lose weight’ – this is one of the most common dieting myths! Carbs are often seen as the main culprit for weight gain, but not all carbs are created equal – there are good carbs and bad carbs. For instance colas, candy, and pastries are classic examples of bad carbs while oats, fresh fruit, and nuts are sources of good carbs.

5. Avoid Alcohol Completely

“Alcohol-related weight gain is likely in people who drink 2 or more beers per day”

Alcohol has been linked to weight gain, but this is for people who drink moderately or heavily on a daily basis. Studies show that people whose alcohol intake is more than 30 g per day are more likely to gain weight – 30 g of alcohol is about 2 beers. A night out on the town need not affect your waistline, as long as you don’t overdo it on the food and booze.

6. Don’t Have A Cheat Day

“The 80/20 diet allows you to eat unhealthy food 20% of the time – this unrestrictive aspect of your diet will help you to stick to your weight loss goals”

You can’t eat only healthy foods all the time – the foodie in you would just lose it! Have a cheat day so that you can indulge in a few of your favorite foods without feeling guilty about it. In fact, the 80/20 diet (where you eat healthy 80% of the time) has caught on in India as it offers you plenty of personal freedom, but encourages you to be moderate in your approach to food.

While breaking these diet rules will help you stick to your diet plan and increase your weight loss, there are several other ways to increase weight loss. Avoid advice from wannabe dietitians and make a reasonable diet plan that you can actually stick to. This is the start of your weight loss journey, make every step count!

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