By Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD, Dietitian, CBI Health Centre
Is losing weight your New Years resolution? Are you sticking to your diet? Or, have you already fallen off the wagon? Here are two common weight loss mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Wrong Focus
A mistake that I see people frequently make is focusing on the most minor of factors when there are big issues in their eating. They’ll ask me things like, “What kind of fruit should I eat?” or “Aren’t carrots bad because they have too much sugar?” Sure, there are differences in the carb content of various fruits and carrots do contain some natural sugars. But it’s not the choice of fruit or too many carrots that is contributing to these folks’ weight. It’s the can of pop that they’re drinking each day, and sitting on the couch every night, mindlessly munching on junk food.
Mistake #2: All or Nothing Approach
Research shows that more of us are successful when we make small changes rather than an all-or-nothing approach. One small successful change inspires us to make another small change, and that inspires us to make another change, so on. Small changes, when they’re made with the right focus in mind, can have a significant impact on our weight. For example, if your habits changed from having a can of pop every day, to a can of pop only on the weekends, that would remove 50 teaspoons of sugar every week. Wow! Talk about a small change that makes a big impact.
Dietitian Kristen Yarker brings the JOY to healthy eating. You can find her at CBI Health Centre on Goldstream Avenue.