The 9 Biggest Diet Mistakes People Make When Trying to Lose Weight
Our own Betsy Fears, RD, was featured by U.S. News & World Report in an article on common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight, read her excerpt below!
6. Indulging in regular cheat meals
A cheat meal is defined as one that includes foods not usually included in your diet, says Betsy Fears, a registered dietitian nutritionist who practices at RET Physical Therapy Group in Lake Stevens, Washington, about 40 miles north of Seattle. “Having cheat meals may seem like a good idea, so you can still enjoy your favorite foods, such as chips and ice cream,” she says. “But a cheat meal can turn into a cheat day, which can turn into a cheat week.”
Having the idea of “cheating” can cause some people to focus on the foods they want and to look forward to eating those items. “If you feel like you need to cheat on your diet, it’s most likely not the best eating pattern for you. All diets work because they reduce calories and create a calorie deficit. Choose one that you can realistically see yourself adopting for a long time.”
Consulting with a registered dietitian can be helpful.