Becoming more healthy and reaching your fitness goals seems so easy. Eat well and exercise and you’ll be successful. Right?
Not so much. Sure, that train of thought has some truth to it, but it’s not the whole story. In fact, focusing on that equation can lead to some of the most common weight-loss mistakes that prevent people from seeing results.
Are you making these weight loss mistakes?
1. You’re Not Eating Enough Food
One of the most popular weight loss techniques is calorie restriction. When people hear that there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, many think if they cut 3,500 calories they’ll lose one pound of fat.
The problem is, your body is not a math equation. Our bodies are much too complex to simply follow the, “calories in, calories out,” path to weight loss.
If you eat too little, your metabolism will tank, causing your body to switch into preservation mode. It tries to conserve as much energy as possible, which causes your lean mass to drop and your body fat to stay the same or even increase!
2. You’re Eating the Wrong Foods
This goes back to counting calories. Without understanding the labels on your foods and just counting calories, you could be consuming foods that actually aren’t great for you but help you reach your calorie goal for the day.
If you’re eating your calories allotted for the day but are eating a pint of ice cream, fries and soda to reach it, you’re not doing your body any favors. Sure you might be burning more calories than you’re taking in, but your body doesn’t process all foods in the same way.
Fatty foods are more difficult for your body to process so instead of leaning out, the fat displaces in different parts of your body.
3. You’re Over-Exercising
Exercise is the key to weight loss, right? Yes, but too often people think, “No Pain, No Gain,” and overwork their bodies. Physical stress is just like any other stress, and when compounded with other stressers like work, finances and relationships can cause more harm than good.
Over-exercising can lead to burnout or even adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands in your body release the hormone cortisol, which helps us manage stress. When these glands malfunction, it can lead to weight gain, inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue and more.
4. You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
When you aren’t hydrated, your metabolism slows down and you don’t burn as many calories as you should be.
Hydration is difficult to maintain because our body doesn’t send strong signals to indicate we need water. By the time you feel thirsty or your lips feel dry, your body is likely already dehydrated.
5. You Aren’t Tracking Your Progress
Many of us have terrible memories. Try thinking about what you ate for lunch last Wednesday. Most of us can’t remember.
Without tracking your exercise and nutrition, you may be consuming foods you don’t realize hinder your results.
Grab a notebook or a fitness app and track your progress. It’s a great way to stay on track and keep yourself accountable. Who wants to admit that they ate fast food every day? Not too many people who are trying to make a lifestyle change. This is a great way to maximize your results.
Don’t let these struggles discourage you. There’s a reason they’re some of the most common mistakes – many people make them!
Many people run into these and give up as a result. Don’t let that happen to you! Now that you know about them, you can combat them!
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