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Ten most common diet mistakes we make

Updated on May 16, 2011

The objective of a healthy diet is to have a healthy life obviously -- live a well meaningful existence and to avoid major health failures which can cause our lives like heart problem, cholesterol problem, high blood pressures etc. And of course the inability to do things because of obesity. It also caused depression and anxiety if at times you don’t feel you belong and you sulk because you think everybody is looking at you. Being fit is nice for your emotional and physical well being. It is advisable to eat healthily and to be conscious about your health for the reason being that it is really bad for your health, period. Being fit takes a lot of effort if you are not determined to maintain certain level of weight, forget it. The saying that goes, “I am ok with my health and I am proud and comfortable with it”, -- denial is the worst enemy of dieting.

I will share some common dieting mistakes we sometimes succumbed to:

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  1. Binge eating - this is simply define as a pattern of uncontrollable eating which consists of episodes of eating non-stop. When a person feels the urge to eat uncontrollably they consume large amount of food, and most often than not, they try to hide this eating patterns to people as they are shamed of it. And after they done binge eating they feel guilty and do something like induced vomiting, heavy exercise and punishing themselves like not eating for like one day or so, but the next time they eat again, they will eat many as they can, as they are so hungry. So it is a cycle, usually, binge eating is a product of not eating properly during meals and of rushing for example in the morning when you skip breakfast, and then when you have the chance to eat, you succumbed to binge eating.
  2. Eating foods from time to time -- because they are thinking that this is not equivalent to a large amount of calories at one time eating. It can add up really even if you choose to eat at small amounts but you eat many time too, then it is like eating big amount of food in one eating.
  3. Be knowledgeable about amount of calories -- They don’t know anything about the amount of calories they are taking in. There are simply foods which you can avoid like cakes, super sweets and ice cream and even if you eat little of it, you are sure to gain that pound. Surely, you know for yourself if you are already abusing these “sweet foods” etc. It helped also if you are going to study about calories.
  4. Sticking to your schedule time of eating -- They are not following their schedule of food intake, they eat small amount of food during meals, but they also eat from time to time, many mouthfuls of food and they are not conscious of it too.
  5. Dieting needs consistency --- Giving yourself a break is not good, for example you say well, today is Sunday this is my free time in front of the TV watching football, it is my privilege to have a day off eating. Obviously consistency plays a big part of dieting.
  6. Drink colas moderately --- Be conscious of the drink you gulp, like for example, you might say “I can drink and drink colas because I didn’t eat much anyway”, but the truth is that according to research, you become hungrier more if you drink sweetened colas and drinks specially sweet ones have hidden calories too
  7. Deprivation -- Depriving yourself of a certain food and then when you have the chance you gulp it all and eat a lot of it.
  8. Don’t be swayed by others -- Telling your friends about it and then when they suggest something you follow what they say, not following what you are supposed to have started
  9. Lifestyle -- once in a while is good but going to “eat all you can” restaurants all the time is surely a bad habit, plus “Friday nights out” are used for splurge eating and drinking beers and eating chips, including all fried fat foods.
  10. Denial -- Most of all, when you think that eating is a privilege and you lived only once, plus you think that there is no problem, it means you are in denial, while everybody is saying you are overweight, you seem to tell yourself that you are alright.

There’s no way living life perfectly?? hehe. Strict as the rules are, you really need these reminders to really have a focus and discipline and healthy life too. Check my other hubs about dancing, lovemaking and tae bo, any one of this article or combination of at least two is good for your health.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub,Thanks

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Thanks for this interesting hub about diet, i rated it useful.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Lake, Maita

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      LakeShow T 6 years ago

      Hi Maita. Thanks for the interesting and informative hub. I also think you made a great point in alluding to how too much soda can be a detriment to ones health. Not only is soda empty calories, but a study was also done recently that linked the high fructose corn syrup in soda to pancreatic cancer--which I believe (but could be wrong)is the most incurable cancer.

      Very well done. Definitely worthy of a "useful" hub!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great hub Maita! Thank you Ma'am!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      ok thanks hubby, Maita

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      hubby7 7 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub on adhering to your diet. I try to stick to my diet; however, I, too, like everyone else, fall off the wagon from time to time. Luckily, I spend most of my time in the wagon than on the ground. Again, nice hub, Maita. Talk to you soon!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you rebu, Maita

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      rebu 7 years ago from Coorg,India

      Great hub..Thnx for sharing

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey bonnie, thanks dear, and its ok, youre a great lovely LADY as well, Maita

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      bonetta hartig 7 years ago from outback queensland

      oh dear I think I am guilty of all but the top one - have printed this out and it is now on my fridge in big letters - thanks for the hub - hope you are well and thanks for all your encouragement - cheers and have a really nice day lovely lady

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you steve, I will check it out, Maita

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      steve 7 years ago

      BY seeing the site www.weightlossguide.com,it gives the valuable information on diet tips from this we will avoid health problems.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks GMAgoldie for reading this one and finding it helpful, Maita

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      #1 must include my downfall - chocolate - I would be fine if #1 were under control. Great hub - thank you for walking us through these items.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi cool, I am glad you like this one,Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Tammy, thanks for reading this one, Maita

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good article thanks for sharing

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Great tips Maita. I really learned a lot.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Jamie thanks for the visit, and I will drop by to look at your hub too, Maita

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      05Jamie 7 years ago from Scotland

      Great hub just wrote a new hub on diet mentality if anyone is interested !

      Thanks Jamie

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Mike, why not we can ask each other from time to time so that we can monitor each other too about COLAS, hehe, sometimes I began salivating when I think about it, I am drinking coffee now too (but once only), Good luck on your plan to lose weight--15 more pounds, I am flat at times 100 only but for health reasons we need to be fit, Thanks, Maita

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      You hit the nail on the head about cola. I am addicted to Coke also, and I know I could shed ten pounds pretty quickly if I could make myself drink water or tea instead. I never liked the taste of diet colas either, so that has never been an option for me (unless you consider the idea that drinking something you don't like will make you drink less of it...).

      I've been trying to lose some weight this year and I have cut back, but I haven't been able to completely divorce myself from Coca-Cola. I think it is wonderful that you have gotten this far into the year without any.

      Thanks for your insights, and wish me look--I want to drop 15 more pounds.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey TRUTH, I am glad you read this one and agree with me about colas, do you drink them? I am addicted to Coke and it is my New Years resolution not to drink anymore, it is January 13 and I am still havent tasted it yet, I hope I can really do it hehe, let us see, thanks and good day, Maita

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great diet ideas Maita, good point on the colas. Most people drink too much soda. with this and your other recent hubs you really set people up with an excellent plan.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi TinaV, thanks for dropping by here,it os good to know that you need a healthy diet,and stick to it girl,,,, and how are you today?

      Maita

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      I'm guilty of not sticking to my scheduled time. LOL! Although, I'm not fat but a healthy diet is still important.

      This is an informative hub.

      Have a good day!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks Katrina, wazz up, dear friend, Maita

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Great Hub, Maita. Having consistency and mindful eating are so important to our health.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Madison, you have a good day, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Madison, you have a good day, Maita

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Hi Maita, thank you for sharing such an informative hub with very important tips.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi hello, nice of you to drop by again, thanks for your nice comment, I am sure you dont need this one either like blonde and me hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks blonde and I know you dont need them like me hehe, Maita

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A well put-together and well informative hub. Thank you.

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Hiya beautiful Maita this really has top hints a great hub woo hoo

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi brightforyou, thanks you like this one, Maita

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful hub thanks for all the very useful information!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Steven, ncie you tried these thing and the Adkins, you can do other way of maintaining a fit health, find a gf hehe, and lovemaking plus dancing is a good one hehe, can tango and cha cha with me too, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey patti Ann, I agree with you but then we need consistency really, specially for those who needs it--I for one sometimes binge eat hehe, I love eating, am just lucky I dont gain weight? Thanks Patti, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey patti Ann, I agree with you but then we need consistency really, specially for those who needs it--I for one sometimes binge eat hehe, I love eating, am just lucky I dont gain weight? Thanks Patti, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey BK, you nailed it one sentence why do I have to put a hub about it hehehe, --- but it needed a lot more encouraging words so that they will feel the need to diet, I would like to link all your articles in this piece, Can I? or I can just link this to your profile? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey mighty, I like what you said,-- very nice -- think of your food intake and fueling your body for the short-term and the rest of your long, healthy life"

      it is a life long process isnt it? and yes I wish that those who are into diets will read this one too, Thank you MM, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh ehern, I can see that you are very fit, thats good,and perfect for men too, I have a problem too, the opposite of dieting, I need to eat, but yes it is genes, I am too skinny, I forced myself to eat also, but am fit, aside form colds, I have no sickness,\\Thanks agian, and enjoy the cold weather there, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Dohn, I dont know which team I am rooting for now, I like Favre, I will think about it, hehehe, not Dallas though,

      I am glad you like the way I said this dieting tips, How about you? I bet NY JETS? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi revlady, yes schedule play an important role in dieting, but as much as possible even though we become so very busy still we should need to diet as well, Thanks once more, Maita

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      Great Wide Open 7 years ago from The Astral Plane

      Hey Maita, I did the Adkins Diet many years ago and lost a buch of weight. This was primarily because I consume a lot of carbs in my regular diet. Didn't stay on it because of income and living changes unfortunately. Didn't have to excersize much either! Loved your hub. I make these mistakes on a weekly basis LOL!!!

      Steven Randall

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Hello! Excellent information - I think we all fall prey to nutritional problems once in a while.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, we need to open our eyes and be conscious of what we are eating - we are what we eat. And moderation works in all things. Thanks for this reminder!

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      All very good points. I've given you a thumbs up on an article that anyone trying to control their weight should read! The #1 most important thing is to not think of it as DIETING -- think of your food intake and fueling your body for the short-term and the rest of your long, healthy life! MM

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Your points are all excellent. Moderation and a change of eating habits are essential to keeping your diet. Good genes are aalso a factor I beleive. I am 5'9", weigh 175 lbs and have never been over 180 in my life. I have trouble gaining weight no matter what I eat but can loose it quickly if I don't eat my three meals a day. I am lucky in that sense. maybe it was all those years of extreme activity that sped up my metabolism and just kept going till this day. Another good advice article Maita.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I don't think you left out anything, Maita! You gave such wonderful advice and didn't sugar coat it for any of us! You were absolutely correct in all of your points. Excellent hub!

      P.S. Which NFL team are you now rooting for since both our teams were eliminated? Please don't say Dallas :D

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Very practical message on how NOT to diet here Maita. Though many people's schedules and lives are hectic, we must make it a priority to eat and diet more rationally.

      Great informational hub.

      Forever His,