Let’s face it. No is perfect. We all make mistakes. Some of us make nutrition mistakes that we do not even realize thinking that we are doing what is right for our bodies. For bodybuilders, the mistakes are compounded because of the importance that nutrition plays to our workouts.
Here are a few nutrition mistakes that you may be making without realizing that they are bad for you.
Nutrition Mistake #1: Skipping Meals
I believe that this is a misdemeanor crime in some U.S. states. If it is not, it should be. If you feel that you cutting out all of those calories from an entire meal, shame on you. Research has shown that people who skip meals tend to be overweight. This is even more so that case with people who skip breakfast.
Part of the problem with skipping meals is that these same people are hungry at their next meal time, and hungry people tend to make bad nutritional decisions. People have an internal emotional battle telling themselves that this next meal decision is justified because they missed their earlier meal.
Nutrition Mistake #2: Thinking That Everything Does Not Count
As I have said before, you shouls be counting your calories and logging them. These analytics are invaluable on many levels. What many people do when logging calories is to not count the little things such as butter on your bread, sauce on your meal, a few bites at a time, etc. All of these little things accumulate to big things rather quickly. The solution is to log what you eat, and that means everything that you eat.
Nutrition Mistake #3: Skimping on the Vegetables
The majority of people out there are doing this. Eat your vegetables to ensure that you are getting the right amount of fiber, which slows the digestive process and keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time. Some vegetables are great for energy as well.
If you are falling short on vegetables, try some of these options:
Pile vegetables like lettuce, tomato, peppers, cucumbers and mushrooms on your sandwiches.
Use lettuce to wrap your sandwiches instead of bread.
Snack on cut vegetable as your snacks.
Instead of dipping crackers or chips, try vegetables.
Add vegetable to your main course whether it is pizza, sandwiches, eggs, soups, pasta, etc.
Nutrition Mistake #4: Drinking Fruit Juice
Fruit juices are often little more than water mixed with sugar and fruit concentrate. Some fruit juices are simply chemicals made to taste like fruit. Most fruit juices have the same amount of sugar as a soda. There is also little to no fiber in fruit juice.
Nutrition Mistake #5: Not Eating Unprocessed Food
The simple rule here is that, if it looks like it was made in a factory, avoid it. Fresh turkey breast is good for you. Processed lunchmeat turkey breast is loaded with sodium and other additives. Even canned vegetables are loaded with preservatives and contain high sodium levels.
If you are looking for a strict diet to follow, check out the Paleo diet. The basic rule is that you eat what a caveman would have eaten.