Start the Year with a Healthy Diet That Doesn’t Include These Common Mistakes

Eating healthy was something that most people used to frown upon. It sounded boring and like the food wouldn’t be as tasty. In recent years, more and more people are interested in taking care of their health, and they know that starts with nutrition.

The road to healthy eating is paved with good intentions. Most people decide to start making better choices about their nutrition guided by what they think sounds healthy to them or what others have told them is healthy. The thing is, “healthy” often has a different meaning for different people. These are some of the most common mistakes people make when they decide they want to eat healthily. Take note so you can avoid these in the future.

Completely Eliminating Certain Foods

If you must permanently say goodbye to certain foods because of a health condition, that is one thing, and in that case, you should follow medical advice. Of course, you’ll want to limit the intake of certain foods, mainly processed ones. However, eliminating certain foods —food items or food groups— entirely from your diet is not necessary. This attempt could backfire because forbidden foods are much more appealing.  Instead, think about what you should eat more of. Protein maybe? More veggies?

Start the Year with a Healthy Diet That Doesn't Include These Common MistakesGoing Crazy on Grain and Nuts

Grains are a source of carbohydrates, but they have more protein than some other complex carbs, which is why they are all the rage lately. They are good for your health, but you don’t have to go overboard with them. Otherwise, they can slow your fat loss process.

It’s a similar case with nuts. They are a source of healthy fat, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to eat the whole jar of peanut butter or the entire bag of cashews. Portion size is critical, regardless of what you’re eating.

Eating Too Much Fruit

Fruit provides significant nutritional value —vitamins and minerals— and it is our ally when we’re craving sweets. However, you must be careful not to eat more than necessary. —But fruit is healthy, isn’t it? Yes, it is, but you have to remember that fruit contains sugar, and consuming too much sugar can hinder your fitness or weight loss goals.


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