If any of the points below sound familiar, you may want to reevaluate as these habits can potentially hinder weight loss goals.

Overeating healthy snacks

Like most things, moderation is key. No matter what you’re eating, if you want to lose weight how much you’re eating is a key component for success. For example, avocados and almonds are dubbed ‘healthy food’ but they are still very calorie dense. So, although they are great for your overall nutrition, you don’t want to over indulge on them as you’ll go overboard on your daily calories. Serving size matters!

Cutting out all fats

Not all fats are bad for you. I repeat, not all fats are bad for you! When people are trying to lose weight a common mistake they make is cutting out all fats and opting for fat free or low fat options. Fat is a source of energy; it also helps you absorb vitamins and minerals, assists in maintaining hormone balance, supports immune system function and does so much more.

In fact, fat can actually help you lose weight by helping keep your blood sugar in check and keeping you feeling satisfied for longer. Satiating fat leaves you feeling full, which in turn means you are more likely to avoid unhealthy snacks or second helpings.

Avoiding white foods

We’ve preached time and time again to eat a rainbow of colours. And while you’re eating colourfully, don’t forget that white is a colour too!

Some white foods like bread and crackers are made with refined flour – these should be avoided but there are many white veggies that are actually great for you. Think mushrooms, onions, cauliflower and potatoes. In fact, the white potato gets an undeserved bad rap. The truth is they’re filled with potassium (more than a banana actually), fibre and they’re super filling! So, don’t exclude the white veggies from your colourful choices.   

Juicing

Juicing is all the rage right now and although it can be a healthy habit, there are things to be mindful of. It takes a lot of fruit to fill a glass and fruit can be high in calories and sugar. Although the calories are coming from healthy ingredients, consuming too much of a good thing can sabotage your weight loss goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, I suggest eating the fruit in its whole form. It’s full of fibre that will keep you fuller longer without the additional calories.