Are your eating habits sabotaging your efforts to slim down? Dietician Cynthia Sass, RN, provides five strategies for better results.
Mistake 2: Ditching Carbs or Protein
Among my clients, more women are on vegan and gluten-free diets, not for ethical or health reasons but to shed pounds. But if you don't replace the lost carbs, protein and fat (which are macronutrients), the diet can lead to weight gain, fatigue, irritability and digestive issues. You need to adopt the Goldilocks approach to macronutrients: not too little, not too much.
The Fix: Complement a veggie-centric meal with a half cup of beans or a couple of tablespoons of nuts; get healthy carbs with gluten-free quinoa or brown rice. One vegan client used to eat just raw veggies, oil and vinegar for dinner. After she switched to a few cups of roasted veggies with wild rice, lentils and a few tablespoons of walnuts—adding carbs and protein—she broke her weight-loss plateau (thanks, newly revved metabolism) and vanquished her chronic bloating and fatigue.