Mistake #2: You love energy bars.
Many exercisers gravitate towards bars because they’re convenient, travel well, and are tasty. But the problem is, these energy-dense snacks are also easy to overeat. Each time you finish one you’re getting approximately the same amount of calories as you eating an entire sushi roll. Most people wouldn’t eat a full dinner after downing a sushi roll, and but they would after "snacking" on an energy bar.
The Fix: If you eat an energy bar after your workout, eat a smaller dinner. Or, shrink your post-workout snack by reaching for nonfat Greek yogurt with some berries or an apple and string cheese.
Mistake #3: You completely cut fat (even the good kind!) out of your diet.
Zapping fat creates two big problems. First, fat takes longer to digest than carbohydrate and protein, so it helps you to feel satisfied and not overeat. Second, since fat is needed to help heal and repair the body after exercise, you’ll feel more sore post workout, making it a challenge to get stronger and stay toned.
The Fix: Keep healthy fats in your daily diet by choosing foods rich in monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids instead of artery-clogging saturated fats. Here are four of our favorite ways to do so:
• Swap sugary candies for a small square of dark chocolate with nuts or for a few chocolate covered-almonds.
• Snack on small portions of nuts rather than processed snacks like chips.
• Use avocado as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise or on salads instead of creamy salad dressings filled with hydrogenated oils.
• Swap out fatty cuts of red meat for omega-3-rich fish like salmon and sardines.
Do you find yourself making any of these mistakes? Tell us how you combat them in the comments below, and don't forget to visit nutritiontwins.com for more healthy eating tips.