You’ve already absorbed every piece of information available on how to lose weight, yet still not progressing as quickly as you’d hoped. So what’s the holdup? Well, you could be making one of these 10 common mistakes along the way.
1. Not Eating Enough Fiber.
A low-fiber diet may be compromising your ability to lose weight. A high-fiber diet can help to reduce your appetite (stops snacking), and also help you absorb fewer calories.
Vegetables, legumes, and nuts are all great sources of fiber and are all easy to include in your diet.
2. Choosing “Low-Fat” or “Diet” Foods.
The “low-fat” or “diet” options may sounds like a good choice, but they may be doing more harm than good.
Removing the fat means removing a huge part of the flavour, which is usually replaced with sugar. These “low-fat” options are also a sure way to make you even hungrier than before, which can lead to snacking!
3. Not Eating Enough Protein.
As well as fiber, not eating enough protein can also have a significant impact on your weight loss. Including enough protein in your diet can reduce your appetite, decrease calorie intake, and protect muscle mass during weight loss.
4. You’re Drinking Calories.
If you thought soda was bad, think again. Fruit juice, commonly thought of as healthy, is actually packed full of sugar.
These sugary drinks don’t affect the appetite centers in your brain the same way solid food does, so it’s best to avoid them when possible.
5. You Skip Meals.
Skipping meals isn’t going to make you lose weight fast, and may not be a sensible decision. It may have more effects on your mental and physical health than you thought.
The other downside to skipping meals regularly is hunger! If I skip an important meal, and WOAH do I get cravings!
6. You’re Not Sleep Enough.
A lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain, and could be the reason your results have stalled. In fact, women who sleep 5 hours a night are more likely to gain weight than women who sleep 7 hours a night.
Getting enough high quality sleep is a critical step in losing weight and should never be overlooked.
7. Stress Is Taking Over.
Constant stress can be the roadblock in the way of your weight loss goals. Stress can lead to emotions piling up around us, and what do we do? Reach for comfort foods that are full of sugar, unhealthy fats, or refined carbs.
Too much stress can also lead to a rise in cortisol levels which can cause extra abdominal fat storage.
8. You’re Consuming Too Many Calories.
Awareness is important when choosing and preparing your weight loss foods. Eating a lot of simple carbohydrates is a sure way to up your calorie intake and slow down your weight loss progress.
Always read the label before you buy, and opt for one ingredient whole foods instead of processed foods.
9. You Haven’t Detoxed.
Regularly detoxing can aid your body in flushing out harmful toxins that could be halting your weight loss progress. Your body needs to be able to properly process the healthy foods that you’re eating.
10. Not Having A Plan.
One of the biggest reasons people struggle to lose fat is…
They don’t have a plan.
Without the right plan, losing weight can seem to take FOREVER or in some cases not happen at all! This leads to a rapid decline in motivation… which ultimately leads to you giving up on your goals. We don’t want that!
Find a plan or create your own. It doesn’t matter so much where you get it from but whether you will stick to it.
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