Are you finding it difficult to lose weight? Then be sure you aren’t making these mistakes that can really mess up your weight loss plans.
You Might Be Exercising, But You Aren’t Eating Right
Samuel Klein of the School of Medicine at Washington University states, “Decreasing food intake is much more effective than increasing physical activity to achieve weight loss. If you want to achieve a 300 kcal energy deficit you can run in the park for three miles or not eat two ounces of potato chips.”
Therefore, calorie intake is much more important when it comes to losing weight. So how does exercising rather than dieting complicate this calorie counting process? If you burn more calories, you still need the same amount of calories per day and then some. Yet an intense workout regimen actually leaves you hungrier and in need of more protein. Plus, you are going to gain weight in muscle, since muscle is actually heavier than fat. Try reducing calorie intake instead of using exercise alone to lose weight.
Your Diet Is Great, But You Don’t Exercise Enough
Exercise alone is not the best way to lose weight. However, if you don’t exercise enough, you may ruin your chances to lose weight. Losing weight is definitely possible by reducing calorie intake alone, but you may be ruining your chances to develop a fitter body without it. If you want to lose a lot of weight or rid yourself of problem areas, you should also exercise as part of your weight loss regimen.
The metabolism begins to decline with age in those who lead sedentary lifestyles. If you want to lose weight, the right kind of diet paired with 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is the only thing you can do to correct this issue with the metabolism.
You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water
The body constantly goes through an everyday fluid exchange. If you aren’t drinking enough water, it puts more stress on these simple everyday processes making it much more difficult for you to lose weight. It’s best to drink a glass of water every two hours to keep up with hydration throughout the day.
If You Aren’t Losing Weight, It’s Probably AlI In Your Head
For the most part, weight loss is a mind game. If you defeat the urge to make bad choices for your body on a whim — mind over matter — then you should have no problem succeeding. The complications of losing weight come from health issues or the body’s crashed metabolism. But it is possible to reset the metabolism and start losing weight again. So more often than not, your troubles with weight loss are all in your head.
Many gain weight due to lack of exercise or improper diet. Studies have shown that, for the most part, cravings are born in the brain and are associated with a feeling. They are more often caused by a psychological factor rather than a physiological need. Remember it’s all in the choices you make. It’s all up to your brain to make healthy choices.
You Actually Believe The Ads And “Health Food” Labels
Do you stock your shelves with diet food? If you’re the type of person who goes on a diet, then shops for boxes of food that say “healthy” (it might not taste good — but it’s healthy right?), listen close. If it’s processed, comes in a package, and says “healthy” on the label, you are being misled. Low calories means you’re going to be hungrier afterwards. It costs more and you get less.
Real health foods are whole foods. Real fruits, real vegetables, real whole grains, real carbs, and meats or high quality proteins. You won’t find anything healthier in a box on the shelf. Stick to local grown produce, non-treated meats, and less processed ingredients to shed pounds faster than ever before.
You Still Eat Too Much Sugar
What ingredient should be your absolute enemy while losing weight? Refined sugar. Avoid refined sugars and artificial sweeteners at all costs. These processed sugars actually cause the very ‘insulin spikes’ that lead to fat storage. Therefore, you should watch the hidden sugars found in processed foods, and stick to the sugars in fresh fruits.
You Haven’t Replaced Bad Eating Habits With Good Ones
Are you making too many excuses to cheat yourself? If you are still having trouble losing weight and keeping it off, it may be time to attack your bad eating habits.
Identify the problem — do you sneak sugary foods or have a tendency to ruin your diet and overeat with snacks? Then establish a new, good habit to take the place of this. Every time you crave this sugary food replace the craving with a new favorite fruit (maybe strawberries). Or plan foods that are low in calories and also fill you up (like popcorn).
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