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When on a weight-loss mission to fight the battle of bulge people take actions ranging from a sensible diet to making ill-guided efforts. To get faster results, people get so anxious that they try all unproven and potentially dangerous things that can backfire and cause serious health problems.
It is not always true that the weight loss results are not showing up because of the absence of willpower and dedication, sometimes it is all because of the wrong information. Let’s check out some of the common mistakes that may be the reason you are not able to reach your weight loss goals:
1. Skipping meals
It is one of the most common weight loss mistakes that are harmful and carries a misconception in the mind of numerous people. Most people believe that if they deprive their body of food, they will lose weight faster. Apart from being a blunder in the weight loss journey, it could be harmful to your body too. When you deliberately refuse to eat the body signals the organs to slow down the metabolism process. Clear this misconception to fasten the weight loss process and controlling the harm it does to your body!
2. Avoiding exercises
Avoiding exercise is a huge weight loss mistake you might be making. Exercise is one of the most successful ways that help to lose weight. To put it very clear the main two pathways for weight loss are – incorporating a good diet plan and engaging in physical exercises. If you want to achieve the set goals, make time out for exercises either visit a gym or choose a workout you could do at home!
3. Diet foods and supplements
Losing weight is a daunting task and if you are depending on some miracle “quick-fix” fat burners, then you have probably been dreaming. Along with this, unlike the other medication drugs, weight loss supplement manufacturers don’t have to prove that their products are safe. All the products that claim to be natural and safe aren’t necessarily good for you. It is best to stick to natural ways to lose weight which broadly include – healthy food and exercising. Still, if you’re thinking about taking any weight loss product, ask your doctor first.
4. Diet food; without portion control!
Even if you are having healthy and weight loss friendly food it doesn’t mean that you intake as much as you want! Replace the big bowls, plates, and containers with small sizeable plates for all your meals. Reducing your portions with small sizeable plates has proven to be the best method to check over-eating. If you have been making this weight loss mistake, check it accordingly.
5. Not chewing the food properly!
Some of the major side-effects of not chewing your food apart from weight gain include – poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients, constipation, abdominal spasms, and bloating. Chewing food could prevent a number of these daily discomforts and also aid in the proper transport of nutrients in your body.
6. Lack of sleep
Through nutrition and exercise play a pivotal role in the weight loss journey but if you don’t give your body the sleep it needs, your efforts aren’t going to be maximized. The hormone imbalance in the body caused due to lack of sleep works to counteract every weight-loss maneuvers. In a study highlighted that when dieters slept for only 5.5 hours per night, they lost 55% less weight from fat than they did when sleeping for 8.5 hours — despite following the same dietary and workout habits.
7. Too much stress on cardio workout
Focusing on cardio workouts leads to many benefits, but fat loss isn’t a big one. While cardio burns calories during workouts, it doesn’t help you burn calories after the session is completed. Strength training on the other hand results in excess post-exercise oxygen consumption which increases your metabolic rate — the number of calories you burn before factoring inactivity. Also do not forget that too much exercise is traumatic for your body and will break down your metabolism rather than build it up. Try alternating high-intensity exercise sessions with low-intensity or recovery days, take at least a day or two completely off per week, and listen to your body.
8. Obsession with weight scales
Weight is not the only measure to assess your health. If you are too much obsessed with weighing scale you are likely to get demotivated as there is no major change in numbers daily. It is recommended to limit weighing yourself to once a week and consider other factors like how your clothes fit, your body-fat percentage, how you feel, and your overall lifestyle to assess your weight loss efforts.
9. “Low Calories” & “Weight-Loss friendly” is not the same
If you reduce calorie intake you lose weight but that does not mean that lowering more calories will lead to more weight loss. If there is too much calorie deficit in the body it is likely to enter the starvation mode which results in fostering an unhealthy relationship with food. Also if you drastically reduce entire food groups from your diets it can energy levels, metabolism, digestion, and overall health.
It is important to consider that there’s a huge difference between low-calorie and nutrient-rich foods. The quality of your calories determines your satiety, blood sugar levels, hormonal patterns, and overall health. It is important to consider that a serving of diet soda might not make any change in your total calorie intake but on the other, it does not offer any nutrition too. Lay stress on the balance of nutrient-rich food rather than just focusing on low calories food if you want to achieve your weight loss goals.
10. Slow & steady wins the race
Going all in at once hampers you weight-loss plans than actually taking you to towards them. If you intend to do everything at once – cut 500 calories from your daily intake, eat five servings of fruits and veggies per day, work out, etc. — there are high chances of slipping up. It is rather advised to slowly integrate healthy habits into your routine in manageable chunks so that you’ll have a chance to master each change before adding more.
Do you make any of these weight loss mistakes? If yes, then it’s time to make small corrections and boost up the weight loss process!
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