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Featured Article by Tom Newman:
Five Sins Of Weight Loss Dieting

Hi, it's Tom Newman…

This time we're here to talk about something that I know you all have committed at least once. That something?

Dieting sins.

Now, you may not be guilty of all these mistakes, but there's a very good chance that at least one has shown up in your life. And if you don't abolish these mistakes, they very well could cost you progress over time.

The thing to know about dieting is that while there are many ways you can go about the process and see great results, there are also many things that can really derail your efforts.

So your best bet is to look over these sins and begin figuring out how you can sidestep these errors so they don't impact you in a negative manner.


Sin 1:

You're Not Tracking 'Standing Calories'

Another sin you want to watch out for is not tracking what I refer to as 'standing calories'. These are essentially calories that are coming from foods that you eat while standing.

You know, those things you tend to pick at. Maybe it's the bag of chips that was left open on the counter that you nibbled on while making dinner or the plate of cookies at the reception desk that you picked on as you walked by.

Whatever the case is, these calories can add up! If you're nibbling on vegetables, then fine, you likely don't need to track them. But if you're eating foods that are very calorie-dense, you can bet that they are influencing your diet plan and ability to move forward.

Sin 2:

You're Still Not Eating Enough Vegetables

Vegetables add extra flavor, make meals more filling, and can significantly increase the fiber content of a dish. For example, a Another big sin of dieting is still not eating enough vegetables. Most people who go on any sort of healthy eating plan realize that eating vegetables is an important part of that plan. No questions asked.

But what few people realize is that they can break or make your success. The thing about vegetables is they add bulk to your meals. So by adding a heaping serving of vegetables to your plate, you'll eat fewer more calorie-dense foods at that meal.

This can be the single best way to maintain a reduced calorie intake over time. If you skimp on vegetables, chances are, you are eating more calories than you should be. Try and get at least five servings of vegetables per day. If not more.

Sin 3:

You Don't Count Liquid Calories

Another big mistake? Not counting your liquid calories. Those really add up and you may think they aren't because they don't really fill you up like food does, but that's the biggest issue with them.

You can drink a beverage containing 200 calories and then go on to eat your regular meals without thinking any the wiser. Now you've just added 200 additional calories to your day, which is going to seriously set you back when it comes to seeing results on your weight loss plan.

If you do this each and every day, you'll be risking two additional pounds you could be losing per month.

Way 4:

Try eating oatmeal for breakfast

Oatmeal is easy to prepare and contains around 4 grams of fiber per serving. Try topping it with berries, seeds, or even a few dark chocolate chips.

Sin 5:

You Are On Autopilot

Finally, the last sin that you want to make sure you aren't making is being on autopilot. Basically, you don't want to set your diet up and then forget about it. Too many people get in this habit and this is only going to lead you down a path to a horrible diet plateau.

You constantly need to be looking at how you're going and making changes as needed. If you aren't, you'll be in for some hard times ahead. The moment things seem to stall – or ideally, even before that, you want to change it up a bit so that you can continue to see the results you are going for.

So keep these points in mind and make sure that you aren't making any of these dieting errors. If you are, a few simple changes should fix them in a hurry.

To a slimmer, happier you,
Tom Newman

Daily Affirmation: I am strong. I am confident. I am ready to approach my day with renewed energy and enthusiasm for being the best that I can be.

*This is not a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professional. You should always consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant adjustment to a dietary, exercise, or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health concern.