Published: Jul 02, 2013 7:03 AM EDT

(Fort Myers- Fla.) - Diet and workouts go hand in hand in improving your physique, enhancing your health and enabling you to be better at whatever physical activity you choose to do. That said, many people are making some serious nutrition mistakes that end up costing them in the long term. Wink News Fitness Expert Mike Drumm is here to talk about these mistakes so you can be sure to avoid them.
Your workouts, and what you eat, go hand in hand. You eat to fuel your workouts, but proper nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery, and overall health. Like I always say, " you can't out exercise a bad diet"
Mistake: Avoiding Pre-and-Post Workout Meals To Enhance 'Fat Burn'
Think skipping your pre- and post-workout meal will help you burn fat faster? You might want to reconsider. While it may seem logical, you must remember that it's your total calorie balance at the end of the day that matters. Rather than denying your body the critical nutrients it needs at the time it's least likely to convert them to body fat, cut calories at some other point in the day when you just don’t need the energy. That will be far more effective.
Mistake: Eliminating Fruit Because of the Sugar Content
Has fruit received the boot from your diet? If so, you need to add it back in, because you should know the truth about sugar. While it is true that fruit does contain sugar, its natural fruit sugar and it won't spike blood-sugar levels as bad as table sugar will.
Mistake: Thinking Calories Only Matter For Weight Maintenance
While it is true that the amount of calories in your diet will determine whether you gain or lose weight, remember that the type of calories you take in will determine how easy it is to attain your desired calorie level. “A Calorie IS NOT a calorie!” The more healthy foods you eat, the less you crave junk. If you're eating nothing but junk food or processed snack foods, you'll likely either go way overboard with your calorie intake or have to battle with blood-sugar highs and crashes all day long, with the corresponding hunger that comes with them.
Mistake: Relying On Your Classic Standbys
There’s no question that having a routine diet does help you maintain consistency with your eating habits, but don’t let the routine get so monotonous that you're facing serious dietary boredom. If you very rarely switch up the foods you’re eating, not only are you more likely to crave less-than-nutritious options, but you’re also more likely to suffer from a nutritional deficiency. Rotate a minimum of at least five dishes per meal throughout your monthly diet plan.
Mistake: Neglecting Spices
One serious place where calories like to hide, marinades and sauces.
Mistake: Relying On Multivitamins
Multivitamins are meant to help fill nutritional gaps, not to serve as complete substitutes. While there are benefits to making multivitamins a part of your health regimen, you should get your nutrients directly from the source.
Mistake: Believing Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Are Far Healthier Than Frozen
The truth is, frozen vegetables can be just as nutritious and can be a lot more convenient. If including frozen fruits and vegetables in your diet means getting your daily intake,as opposed to not, definitely opt to use them. They’re fast, easy and taste great.