You try to eat right. You’ve stopped eating junk food. You exercise several times a week. But the pounds are not falling off. Or if they are; it’s so slow it’s discouraging.
What are the things that are keeping you overweight? Today we’re going to discuss a few of the sneaky problems that can keep you from your weight loss goals.
You eat out too often. When you’re eating at a restaurant you have no idea how the food is cooked or what ingredients are added. Plus, the serving sizes are far too large. Though you may not feel required to clean your plate at home — when you’ve paid for an expensive meal there’s always the feeling that you’re “wasting” money if you don’t finish your dinner. Eat at home as much as possible and leave eating out for birthday’s or anniversaries. When you do eat out — spilt a dinner with someone else.
You overdue toppings. You eat salad — then cover it with creamy high calorie dressing, croutons and cheese. Or maybe you eat a hamburger patty and drench it in ketchup. Read the labels on the condiments you’re using and you’ll understand why they need to be eliminated or at least reduced in your diet.
You refuse to keep a food journal so you have no idea how much food you consume during the day.
You don’t stay hydrated. When you’re thirsty you feel hungry. So drink your eight or more glasses of water each day.
You’re still drinking soda. Stop right now! Drink water or green tea instead. Soda sizes continue to get larger and larger. You can consume vast amount of sugar and calories without even realizing what you’ve done. And in the end, you’re still thirty. Give up the sodas — even if they’re diet. Artificial sweeteners still make you crave more sweets.
You’re eating too fast. Cut your food into small bites and savor each one. It’s takes at least fifteen minutes for your brain to get the message that you’ve had enough to eat. If you’re cramming your food down quickly in big gulps then you’re eating far too much before you get the signal to stop. Take time to enjoy what you’re eating.
You skip breakfast. This sets you up for failure the rest of the day. Eat a good breakfast with protein and fiber. You’ll get your metabolism going and you won’t be hungry by mid-morning.
Your significant other doesn’t share your weight loss goals. It’s hard to control cravings when someone is sitting beside you eating ice cream covered in hot fudge. Try to talk with them and explain how important it is to you to lose weight and feel healthier.
You’re skimping on your veggies. Fresh veggies are an important source of vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. They should be a huge part of your diet.
You need to improve your exercise plan. Cardio is important; but you need to add some intense interval training to burn the most calories during your workout.
You buy clothes that are too big and therefore feel loose. You can’t be overweight if your clothes are baggy, right? Judge your success based on your percentage of body fat. Not on how loose your sweat pants are.
You’re eating too many low fat foods. If you’re eating processed foods that are labeled “low-fat” you need to carefully read the label. They probably added sugar or sodium. The calorie intake is often higher on “low fat” foods.
You don’t watch your portions. Even when you’re eating healthy foods you still need to be aware of how many calories you’re eating.
You don’t get enough sleep. Being rested helps your body function properly and gives you the energy to do the things you need to during the day. Get your eight hours of sleep as often as possible.
You’re starving yourself so much that your metabolism has come to a screeching halt. Dieting is not about starving yourself. It should be about filling your body with the nutrition it needs and eliminating excess junk.
If you’re having trouble losing the weight you want; make sure you eliminate the above habits. You may see a dramatic change in your results.