Being gluten and dairy free is not easy. Attempting to lose weight while living this lifestyle is even harder.
There are things we all might be doing to sabotage ourselves, that might surprise you. Here is an excerpt from the original article. How many are you guilty of?
You’re eating a light breakfast
Skimping on the first meal of your day can slow down your metabolism and cause certain hormonal changes that can hamper the weight loss process. Not fulfilling your nutrition requirement after a long break of 8 to 9 hours can also make you eat more during your next meal and intensify your cravings. Besides giving us the much-needed energy, most of our breakfast foods like milk, oats, nuts and fresh fruits are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron, proteins as well as fiber. The body needs these essential nutrients to burn calories and perform various digestive and elimination functions. If you miss your dose of these nutrients for breakfast, you are less to be compensated for later in the day. In short, having a wholesome breakfast makes it easier to follow a calorie-controlled diet through the day.
You’re only focusing on one food group
According to Banglaore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Your body needs a balanced diet and the composition of your body depends upon fulfilling the basic needs for its functioning. It is important to get out of the starvation mode and provide the basic amount of proteins, fibre and fats to the body.” The worst thing to do to your body is to deprive it of the essential food groups – carbs and fats included – you need all of them even to lose weight. Opting for a gluten-free or a vegan diet for no reason can do more harm than good. Stick to the basics of a balanced diet and staples that you have been eating but with a bit of mindfulness.
You don’t watch your portions
You may have switched to a whole grain loaf from white bread, olive oil from refined oil and nuts from fried snacks, but the idea is not only to make these healthy swaps but also to practice portion control. Just because these are healthier than their counterparts doesn’t mean you can eat a mountain of it. In fact, limiting calories does not mean giving up on essential foods but instead limiting your portions.
You only eat low-calorie foods
Going on a weight loss diet does not mean that you can only bank on foods that are low in calories. In fact, your meals should consist of foods that keep your full for longer like fiber rich fruits and whole grains and those that provide fullness and high levels of satiety like oats and eggs. This way you will never feel deprived or the need to binge.
These are some of the most common mistakes dieters make. The biggest one is portion control. You must weigh and measure everything if you want to lose those pounds. Your eyes can deceive you when it comes to portions.
It is possible to lose weight and be gluten free.