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Common Dinner Mistakes People Make When Trying to Stay Fit

December 18th, 2013 Healthy Living

Eating healthy foods isn't always easy, but it can be particularly frustrating to be working hard to shed pounds only to discover that you're making common diet mistakes. Dinnertime in particular can be tough to get through without making some nutritional blunders. This is why you may want to take a second to look over some mistakes that many people make during dinner when they're trying to be healthy

You make it your largest meal
If you've been dieting all day and are starving at night, you may make dinner your biggest meal. However, The Huffington Post spoke to Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, who explained that dinner should consist of 450 to 625 calories, based on a diet of 1,800 to 2,300 calories per day for women and 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day for men. You should be consuming most of your calories in the morning and early afternoon so you have time to burn them off. 

You drink too many calories
WebMD states that one of the most common diet mistakes people make during dinner is not counting all of the calories in alcohol. Wine, beer and mixed drinks are all packed with calories and you need to take those into account while tallying up how much you've consumed in one meal. 

You keep salt on the table
Many people consume too much sodium, since many processed foods are already high in salt. This is why the last thing you want to do is keep salt on the dinner table, where you could end up sprinkling more on your food without even thinking. Instead, stick to having black pepper and sodium-free herbs on your table when you want to add a bit of flavor to bland foods.

You put serving dishes on the table
The convenience of leaving the finished dishes on the table is very appealing. It stops you from having to get up and refill your plate because everything you need is right in front of you. However, this habit encourages overeating as you will continuously put more food on your plate without letting your first helping digest. The act of talking to your fellow dinner guests can curb this mistake, as the diversion will distract you from moving to get more food.

You watch TV while you eat
The habit of wolfing down some snacks while watching TV is a very common mistake people make. It's easy to get sucked into a program or sporting event without noticing that you're on your third plate of nachos. It's a good idea to unplug from the screens while eating as it will let you focus on your meals and ensuring that you eat smart and healthy.

You order out too much
The convenience of order take out or delivery is too hard to ignore sometimes, especially on the weekends. However, it's best to avoid this as often as possible. Restaurant foods often have hidden calories and fats in them that are very unhealthy for you. Not to mention, the debit charges can add up quickly. Ditch the take out menus for health-conscious recipes.

Eating healthy is one of the biggest challenges you can face when trying to stay fit. Make sure you stay away from these common pitfalls and you will stop yourself from falling down the rabbit hole of unhealthy eating.