When it comes to losing weight, we know that what we eat and drink have an impact on our weight loss. We also know that moving throughout the day will help our weight loss.
However, it can be hard to know what exactly is holding back our weight loss.
Mistakes you are making with your weight loss are not always super obvious until you can recognize that they are there.
We hear so much conflicting information when it comes to weight loss, that it’s easy to make these mistakes with weight loss.
Once you identify what is actually holding back your weight loss, you can fix it and finally reach those goals you have been striving for.
Below are listed the 6 mistakes you are making with your weight loss and how to fix those mistakes fast.
1. Sugary drinks
If you are drinking a lot of sugary drinks, you are taking in a lot of empty calories. This includes soda’s but also your morning coffee, iced tea, and even juices.
Even if you are drinking a lot of premade “healthy” juices you would be surprised how much sugar is in them. Plus they often contain a lot of artificial ingredients and preservatives.
It isn’t wise to just turn from drinks high in sugar to those with artificial sweetener. Studies have shown that artificial sweetener might be even more harmful to weight loss than real sugar.
Artificial sweetener tricks your body into believing it has taken in sugar. This sets off the same process as if we consumed real sugar, but our body doesn’t have the sugar to break down.
Instead of drinking sugary drinks and drinks full of artificial sugars, drink seltzer water flavored with fresh fruit. You will get that bubbly satisfaction without all the side effects.
You can also make your own juices at home to avoid the added sugars in premade store-bought juices.
2. Eating low-fat foods
Foods labeled low-fat always make me suspicious. If they are taking something out of food, what are they replacing it with? It is often added sugars and salt.
If you are eating a lot of food that is labeled low-fat, you are taking in a lot of substances that are not natural or are terrible for your health and weight loss goals.
Instead of trying to cut fat out of your diet, choose healthy fats and limit the amount you eat of these full-fat foods.
Full-fat foods were made the enemy back in the ’80s and ’90s. We now know that fat is actually good for you and necessary for our bodies to perform optimally.
Now I am not telling you to go eat a stick of butter every day. The key is picking the right kind of fat and the right portions. Choose plant-based fats like avocado and nuts as a healthy fat-based snack.
Use real ingredients when you cook like real butter and cheese. Just make sure you are sticking to a healthy serving size.
You are actually going to feel much more satisfied when you eat a full-fat food rather than a food that was artificially made low-fat. Being satisfied will keep you from overeating or needing to snack throughout the day.
3. You’re lying to yourself
Have you said before that you have tried every diet out there but nothing seems to work for you?
How committed were you to these diets?
We often overlook mistakes we make on a diet and when we don’t succeed on the diet, we just assume that it wasn’t for us and move on.
There have been many times when someone has told me they just can’t lose weight and I look at what they are eating. It’s usually fast food that isn’t healthy at any level, but especially if you are looking to lose weight.
If you are lying to yourself about how much food you are consuming, the number of calories that are in your food, or the kind of food you are eating, or how well you are sticking to your plan then it could be the reason you aren’t losing weight.
If you are really trying to lose weight, you need to first be honest with yourself about your habits and where you need to make changes.
Unfortunately, alcohol is full of empty calories. A few drinks can lead to an extra 500+ extra calories onto your diet plan.
These extra calories are stored as fat often times in the abdomen and are the reason for beer bellies.
Alcohol that you consumed is actually used as a fuel source. This might sound like a good thing until you consider that instead of using the food that you recently consumed as fuel, your body is using the alcohol. This leaves the glucose and lipids consumed to be deposited as fat and adipose tissue.
Alcohol also lowers our inhibitions and decision making. This can lead to excess eating and what we eat won’t always be healthy foods. When we are drinking, our diets won’t be as front and center in our minds.
5. You aren’t drinking enough water
Drinking water actually helps you lose weight. If you are not giving your body the resources it needs to burn fat, then you can expect your weight loss to be stalled.
Many people are chronically dehydrated and they don’t even realize it. If you are not drinking enough water, your body won’t be able to function properly and this will put your body into a state of conservation.
Drinking water before meals is also a great way to reduce appetite. Try drinking a glass of water before turning to a snack. Dehydration can mask itself as hunger. Wait five minutes and decide if you are still actually hungry. This will save you unneeded extra calories.
Drinking water will also prevent you from drinking other higher calorie drinks. If you are well hydrated by water, you won’t need to turn to other higher calorie drinks.
6. Not exercising
While exercising isn’t necessary for weight loss, it can help you lose weight.
Making a commitment to exercise will put your mind in the right place that you will search out the healthier options. If you are putting effort into your body through exercise, you are more likely to put effort into your diet.
Exercise has many health benefits besides weight loss that will actually aid you in weight loss. Your body will be healthier which puts less pressure on the many processes going on inside you. If your body isn’t wasting energy on normal functioning, then it can better digest and absorb nutrients.
Exercise is better suited if you think of it as a fat loss rather than weight loss. As much as 25% if the weight you lose when dieting is muscle loss. If you are exercising along with dieting, then you can reduce the amount of muscle loss that occurs.
Plus while you are losing weight, you are losing that fat and gaining muscle. Working your muscles actually burns calories long after you stop working out.