Simple diet misunderstandings are stopping your good intentions and efforts to get your beer belly down for a keg to a six pack!

1. Using a starvation diet
Your game plan calls for eating nothing but grapefruit and cabbage soup each day. You slash your daily calorie intake to below 1 200 and, sure enough, the pounds melt away. But when you consume such a low number of calories, you train your metabolism to slow down. Once the diet is over, you have a metabolism that burns calories at a reduced rate and you now gain weight more quickly than ever before.

3. Not snacking
While carefree snacking can increase your waistline, thoughtful snacking may do just the opposite. People who plan several small meals and snacks a day are more likely to control hunger and lose weight. Eating four to six light meals helps keep your metabolism in high gear, especially when the snacks are high in protein. Nuts are a good choice and research suggests people who snack on nuts tend to be slimmer than those who don’t.

4. Skipping breakfast
Skipping breakfast seems like a reasonable way to limit calories, but the outcome will be an unsatisfied hunger throughout the rest of the day. This leads to unplanned snacking and super-sizing your lunch that makes your total day calorie count soar. Breakfasts that are high in protein and fiber reduce your hunger throughout the rest of the day. In fact, people who eat breakfast every morning are more likely to maintain a healthy weight when compared to those who skip breakfast.