February 5 2018

4 Common Mistakes When Starting a Diet Without Going to a Nutritionist by Guest Blogger Mike Jones

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Nowadays, people are becoming more and more interested in dieting. Depending on their goals, the endgame is either to stay in shape, get healthy or become thinner. However, many of us like to think that we can come up with the perfect meal plan by ourselves. But that is hardly ever the case.

The Mistakes You Are Making

No one ever pays their nutritionist a visit anymore, although they should. This is especially important when you’re planning to change the way you eat. There are a lot of fad meal plans and confusing facts out there, and browsing the Internet will never fully clarify things for you.

Depending on various factors, each of our bodies behaves differently in the same circumstances. You need an expert to determine these things, and a certified dietitian is the answer. If you don’t seek professional assistance, you might end up doing any of or all these four common mistakes.

1.    Inaccurate Calorie Intake

When it comes to the recommended calorie deficit for proper weight loss, the common consensus would be that 3,500 calories per week results to one extra pound, or half a kilo, off. However, recent studies have uncovered that that is completely inaccurate. As it turns out, this can vary greatly depending on factors such as body type, age, height and so on.

This also means that you aren’t properly equipped to determine your own necessities in this department most of the time. Furthermore, you might discover that you have the tendency to underestimate and underreport your daily intake. This is why seeking out a medical professional for guidance makes all the difference in the world.

2.    Not Enough Protein

Figuring out just the right amount of protein to sustain your slimming process is a tricky task. Some people might be tempted to overdose on the stuff believing that it speeds up muscle mass building, while others will most likely skimp on it because that’s what they were led to believe makes them thinner.

However, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods that are high in protein is crucial in the weight loss process. Not only does it reduce appetite, but it will also lower your caloric intake over time. But you need to remember that there are a lot of things which decide how much is right for you specifically.

3.    Focusing on Physical Exercise

The common misconception promoted by almost any healthy lifestyle website you will end up on is that you need to workout heavily to shed off extra weight. However, that couldn’t be further from the actual truth. While exercising is undoubtedly beneficial, it should not be seen as the most important weight loss trigger.

New research in this area conducted at the City University of New York is just one of the many clinical trials on this topic which has revealed that physical exercise doesn’t burn extra calories. While its importance for maintaining overall health is still emphasized, it is now known that focusing on diet should be our main concern. If anything, working out should come as a bonus.

4.    Negative Frame of Mind

Many of the mistakes we make when we take up a new diet are closely connected to toxic thinking. An overall negative frame of mind revolving around frustration and self-doubt can impede the success of just about any endeavor, including improving the way you eat. Learn to appreciate all your achievements on this front, no matter how small.

A nutritionist will help you set realistic goals for yourself. In this way, you will avoid feelings of inadequacy and stay more motivated throughout the process. And if he or she compliments your progress, you will know it comes from a place of honesty. This will aid you in your journey even more.


Debunking the most common myths related to nutrition and weight loss is what a specialist in the field does best. Furthermore, he or she will determine the right amounts of everything that should go into your new lifestyle. Through this, you will be able to do what’s best for you always and avoid making common mistakes.

And even though it might not sound like the job description, if you’re lucky enough to find a good one your dietitian will also recommend appropriate workouts and ways to stay motivated and positive throughout your programmed meal plan. Weight loss is not something you have to struggle with alone, so don’t be afraid to ask for professional help when you feel like you need it.

Mike Jones is a diet and fitness blogger. He writes for Defendyourhealthcare.us. Mike hits the gym 3-times a week and is working on completing the Crossfit’s Filthy 50.

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