Are You Making These Common Diet Mistakes?

Even if you’ve been trying to eat healthier, you may be unknowingly jeopardizing your health and weight loss efforts with some of your food habits, even though you think you’re being “good.” Never fear, we’ll give you the low-down so you make the healthiest choices. The following is a list of the most common diet mistakes.

Drinking your calories. Enjoy a tall glass of orange juice or protein shake in the morning? You may be surprised by how many calories these beverages can contain, which can add up and expand your waistline.

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Focusing only on the front of the label. Words like “organic” and “whole grain” can appear prominently on the labels of foods that aren’t so healthy. For example, flavored yogurt labeled “organic” can possibly have a lot of sugar. Be sure to read the back of the label for the ingredients and amount of sugar.

Missing hidden sugars. Speaking of sugar, did you know large amounts of it can lurk in foods you don’t consider sweet, like ketchup and salad dressing? Again, read the label to see exactly how much sugar you’re getting.

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Relying too heavily on sports drinks and power bars. Some power bars are loaded with calories, sugar, salt and other iffy ingredients. As for sports drinks, one study found that people who drank one or more a day gained more weight over three years than those who didn’t. You’re better off hydrating with water.

Eating everything raw. Raw foods are great, but some vegetables are actually healthier cooked. Cooking can boost the nutrient levels of some vegetables. Tomato sauce, for example, contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than raw tomatoes.

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Avoiding frozen fruits and vegetables. Think fresh is always better than frozen? Not true. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious, and in some cases more so, than fresh varieties. Frozen beans, for example, have as much vitamin C as fresh beans from the grocery store.

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