The Worst Ways To Lose Weight

January 26, 2015  |  
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If you’re cutting calories but still not losing weight? If your diet of choice is on this list of the worst ways to lose weight, it could be your diet that’s keeping you from losing.

Cheat Days

Cheat days feel like a well-deserved reward. But just one big meal could pack on enough calories to return the pounds you worked hard to lose during the week.

If you feel the need to splurge, be sure to minimize your portions.

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping breakfast does mean cutting down on morning calories. But it will also leave you hungry enough to make bad food decisions later in the day.

A recent study found that breakfast-skippers added those calories and more by hunger-bingeing later in the day. Participants who had high protein, filling breakfasts were better at keeping their calorie count down during the day.

Drinking Your Calories

There’s going to be a party tonight, so you skip meals to save up on calories. But drinking on an empty stomach can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of alcohol poisoning if you overdo it.


Contrary to poular belief, crunches are not the best way to slim down your waist. You’ll get much better results with side-pinching planks that work your abs out much more effectively.

Going Gluten-Free

The verdict is in. Unless you have celiac disease (that’s only 1% of the population), cutting gluten won’t help you shed pounds.

Cutting Your Calories By More Than Half

Cutting your calories severely will help you drop pounds in the short term. But when you eat less than 70% of the calories you need per day, you lose muscle mass instead of fat.

Sticking To One Food Group

The cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet, the candy diet: cutting all but one of the food groups may make you lose weight. Unfortunately, super-restricted diets are almost impossible to maintain. They also make you more likely to binge once you go back to eating regularly.

Diet Drinks

The chemicals that replace sugar in diet drinks actually make you gain weight.

Skipping Meals In General

Not only will skipping multiple meals make you hungrier later, it will slow down your metabolism. Not only will you eat more later, you’ll gain more weight from those extra calories.

Cutting Out Snacks

Snacking gets a bad rap. However, eating small snacks throughout the day is a great way to keep your energy high and your metabolism moving.

Treating All Calories Equal

100 calories worth of cake and 100 calories worth off apples are not created equal. Junk calories can cause spikes in hunger, more easily store themselves as fat and are harder to burn off. And because they’re empty calories they won’t fill you up and tempt you to eat more later.

Exercising On An Empty Stomach

Workout with no fuel on deck and you’ll push your body into starvation mode. Once there, you’ll burn muscle instead of fat.

To avoid the no-calorie burnout, eat a piece of fruit that’s high in fructose and energy. Or, have an ounce of dark chocolate for an energy boost that’s equal to a half a cup of coffee.

Vibration Plates

Vibration plates have been popping up in gyms all over. The idea goes that if you exercise on a moving surface, you’ll burn even more calories. Unfortunately, the science just doesn’t support those claims.


Smoking dulls your taste buds, suppresses your appetite and slightly increases your metabolism.

Unfortunately, smoking also puts you at risk for serious diseases that make the weight-loss benefits not worth it.

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