If you ask anyone what is the best way to lose weight, chances are you will get as many answers to the question as people you ask. Some of the advice may be right on but, more times than not, the advice will probably be some sort of misconception that has no basis in health and can be downright dangerous. I’ve coached many women through the years on how to achieve healthy weight loss. This article outlines four dieting mistakes with accompanying healthy weight loss tips.

Mistake #1: Fad diets emphasizing singular foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup, can burn fat and make you lose weight.

Tip:  No food is able to burn fat. Grapefruit, celery, and cabbage are healthy foods because they contain fiber and fiber helps you to feel full, but these foods do not burn fat. Any diet that strictly limits calories is dangerous. A diet less than 800 calories per day may cause heart rhythm abnormalities that can be fatal.

The best way to lose weight is to cut back on the number of calories you eat and be more physically active. These two important lifestyle changes can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Mistake #2: It is possible to lose weight by eating whatever you want.

Tip:  The secret to weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. Pay attention to the total number of calories you eat each day. Try eating smaller amounts of the foods you enjoy. Choose foods that are low in calories such as lean meats, whole grain carbohydrates and fruits and vegetables. Stay away from junk foods that are loaded in calories. Some form of daily exercise is mandatory for weight loss success.

Mistake #3: Eating low-fat or fat-free foods will guarantee weight loss.

Tip:  Low-fat or fat-free foods are lower in fat calories but, if you look carefully at the label, chances are the total amount of calories per serving size may be the same or more than the original full-fat version. This is because sugar, flour, or starch thickeners are added to the foods to improve their flavor and texture. Calories are calories no matter what the source.

Always check the Nutrition Facts on food packages to find out how many calories are in a serving and how large the serving size is.

Mistake #4: You should never eat nuts if you want to lose weight.

Tip:  Although nuts are high in calories and fat, in small amounts, they are important to a healthy weight-loss program. Nuts contain heart healthy fats, dietary fiber, and minerals including magnesium and copper.

Nuts make a satisfying high protein snack between meals. A small portion of nuts is equal to one quarter cup or about 84 calories. Some good examples are 15 almonds or 11 walnuts.

It is always a good idea to check reliable information sources when contemplating weight loss in order to not jeopardize your health in the process.

For more helpful advice and information, and to download a free copy of Secrets to Accelerated Weight Loss, an Attractive, Slimmer You, visit: http://secretstogetslimnow.com/

Donna Szczur is a personal weight loss coach for women who struggle to lose weight. Health and wellness has always been a priority in Donna’s life. Both of her parents developed cardiovascular disease during middle age. Since that time, eating nutritionally and living a healthy lifestyle have always played an important part in her life. Donna is the organizer of a women’s weight loss focus group in her hometown of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Like-minded women meet on a weekly basis to discuss their weight loss successes and challenges. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s not always easy to eat well and stay healthy and slim. The weekly support and nutritional tips help everyone to achieve their personal weight loss goals.

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