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Don't taste test your dinner sauces or eat too many 'superfoods': Sam Wood reveals the minor mistakes that add up to destroy your weight-loss goals

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a man standing in front of a building: Former Bachelor, personal trainer and new dad Sam Wood has divulged the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to losing weight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Bachelor, personal trainer and new dad Sam Wood has divulged the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to losing weight Former Bachelor, personal trainer and new dad Sam Wood has divulged the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to losing weight. 

'All too often I've had clients come to me and say, "Sam, I eat well and exercise but I'm gaining weight",' he told Body & Soul.

1. Eating while you're preparing meals 

He said getting into this habit was a trap, particularly for mothers who were organising an early dinner for their children, before eating a meal later on © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He said getting into this habit was a trap, particularly for mothers who were organising an early dinner for their children, before eating a meal later on Many of us like to taste the sauces and snack on extra ingredients as we're making a delicious dinner, but this could amount to excess calories very quickly. 

Former Bachelor, personal trainer and new dad Sam Wood has divulged the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to losing weight

Some of us may find that we're not hungry at all by the time the meal is prepared, while others may end up eating two meals. 

'I know the feeling – you're prepping dinner and the ingredients look so fresh and delicious that you can't help but snack on bits and pieces as you cook,' Sam told the publication. 

He said getting into this habit was a trap, particularly for mothers who were organising an early dinner for their children, before eating a meal later on. 

2.  Sitting all day

a group of people posing for the camera: Sam recommends adopting a standing desk in the office or using our lunch breaks as a chance to stretch the legs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sam recommends adopting a standing desk in the office or using our lunch breaks as a chance to stretch the legs Common sense tells us that sitting on a chair for eight hours a day isn't beneficial for our bodies, and yet that's what the majority of us do at work.

Sam recommends adopting a standing desk in the office or using our lunch breaks as a chance to stretch the legs.

While there is no hard and fast rule about how long is safe to sit down, it's recommended we stand for 15 minutes every hour.

Sam recommends adopting a standing desk in the office or using our lunch breaks as a chance to stretch the legs

Dietitian Susie Burrell said incorporating exercise into your commute or lunch breaks could help you maintain a healthier weight. 

'Whether this means walking part of the way to work, getting to gym straight after work or at lunchtime or getting off the train or bus a stop or two earlier, the more you use your commute to clock up your steps, the easier it will be to reach your activity targets,' she said on her blog. 

3. Don't go overboard on 'superfoods'

a man wearing a suit and tie: While we're taught to eat 'health' conscious foods like avocados, fruits and nuts on a regular basis they can be calorie-dense © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While we're taught to eat 'health' conscious foods like avocados, fruits and nuts on a regular basis they can be calorie-dense While we're taught to eat 'health' conscious foods like avocados, fruits and nuts on a regular basis they can be calorie-dense.

'Don't forget that moderation and variety is key and too much of one thing is never good for you,' Sam said.  

While we're taught to eat 'health' conscious foods like avocados, fruits and nuts on a regular basis they can be calorie-dense

The high-fat content in avocados and reasonably high level of sugar in fruits make them more of a sometimes food than an all-day everyday kind of one.

4. Control the amount of 'liquid' calories you consume

When the clock strikes 3pm and you're looking for a sugary pick-me-up Sam believes a protein ball would be a more informed choice over a soft drink.

'While a bottled juice, can of soft drink or that extra addition of sugar or milk in your coffee might satisfy your sweet cravings, remember that they do nothing to fill you up and might mean you still reach for another snack on top,' he explained. 

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