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Common Diet Sabotages: Part One

Can't seem to figure out why you can't lose those last few pounds? It may not be the hours you're not spending at the gym or those random fast food runs that are sabotaging your diet, but rather the little things we may not even think about. Women's Health found common culprits for what may actually be keeping you from your goal weight. Here are highlights:

  1. You're using the wrong serving utensils, and I'm not talking about etiquette here. If you find that you're always using big spoons and knives. Knives and spoons often go hand in hand with unhealthy items like mayo, peanut butter, ice cream. Forks, on the other hand, are better served to dig in to foods like salads, steamed fresh vegetables, and chewy lean meats.

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  1. Your produce is always going bad. Sure you're buying lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the store, but are you actually eating them? A drawer full of rotten produce may mean that you're not eating as healthy as you could be.
  2. You're hungover. You can eat salads until you're green in the face, but splurging on cocktails is not helping your cause. Any drink with alcohol in it is high in calories and not to mention not nutritious at all.
  3. You're always tired. Just like eating healthy and working out, sleep should become a priority. It's not only been proven that folks who get enough sleep have faster metabolisms. When push comes to shove, sleep is more essential than hitting the gym. So in a pickle, choose your bed over pumping iron.

Stay tuned for more common diet sabotages, but in the meantime do you have anything that is sabotaging your diet? Share it below.


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g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
I'd rather read teamsugar than eat lately! That's more helpful really... especially your slice of it. :)
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I've been plateaued for FOUR MONTHS!...and I'm guessing that it's because I have my little hidden sugar bits everyday. I'm talking a couple cookies one day, ice cream the next, a little dessert at dinner the third day. It's really keeping me from my goal!!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Produce NEVER goes bad in my house. I am a nut about when stuff expires and how long things keep in the fridge, so I only buy what we'll eat for the week. I definitely get the whole "sleep vs. gym" thing too...there are lots of times I don't really want to get up to work out before work, but when I do, I'm actually more awake than if I choose to sleep in.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I throw away my veggies all the time. Its such a bad habit. I just cant seem to eat them fast enough.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
I'm totally guilty of throwing away fresh produce that has gone bad. I don't know if I'm buying too many veggies or not eating enough, but it's a stupid habit either way!
Rini Rini 9 years
Definitely interesting on the sleep versus gym theory - I know when I was very tired and tried to exercise, I've fallen off the elliptical before! As for the serving platter sizing and the utensils used, I agree with JessicaLE. While smaller platters might have people think you're eating a lot but you can use forks for very unhealthful foods too!
katyharper katyharper 9 years
That's interesting about the sleep vs. gym theory. I guess the next time I'm exhausted and just want to hit the bed instead of the gym, I'll actually do it!
PinkySugar PinkySugar 9 years
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I have PG&sugar free J every day for lunch because it's cheap. on whole wheat bread of course. and only 1 TBSP of reduced fat peanut butter. nummy.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 9 years
I'm not really sure how I feel about that whole utensils claim. I am always running out of spoons, because I eat lots of good ol' organic yogurt and Kashi cereal. Spoons can also be used for (brown) rice, fresh peas, homemade soups, and fresh fruit sorbets. Plus, what's wrong with a little peanut butter every once in a while? It just depends on what kind you get. Also, I use a knife to spread on low fat and DELICIOUS laughing cow cheese onto my whole grain flax bread at lunch. And just because you're using a fork doesn't mean you're eating healthfully. Uh... macaroni and cheese, country fried steak with gravy, and chocolate cheesecake (I'm kind of hungry right now-sorry) all come to mind as being fork-worthy. And lord knows that stuff's not gonna help you lose those last few. I mean I see what they're getting at, but it just seems kind of silly.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i have to agree that sometimes there are things that we do that we don't even realize - and that will certainly affect how successful we are at losing weight. for myself - i'm just alwyas tired - and i know that it slows my metabolism down and all that. also i don't like to eat that much which slows it down even more. i'm the type to try to use the smallest plate possible with the smaller utensils so i can minimize what i'm eating, but when you're overly tired - sometimes you go for the foods higher in sodium or sugar even if you're trying to be healthy and that counteracts your losing weight.
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