Top 5 Weight Loss Mistakes You’re Making
Do you ever wish you could just snap your fingers and be at the exact weight you dream of? Of course! And a quick fix is what we all are looking for. But unfortunately, even with all the “diets” out there, nothing seems to work, or they work in the short term, but not in the long term. This is because many of the quick fix diets out there ask you to cut one thing or another but never teach you to fuel your body for the best efficiency.
So, are you making diet choices that are failing you? Read below to find out.
You’ve heard it…Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And we agree! Eating breakfast everyday helps to rev up your metabolism and help you burn calories all day. Many people tend to skip breakfast in order to help cut calories but when you do this, it may trigger “starvation mode” in your body and therefore, anything you put in your body after, will be stored in your body instead of burning off.
While a reduction in calories is beneficial and necessary for weight loss, obsessively doing this will do you more harm than good. This is especially true if you are increasing your workouts. You must fuel your body to keep it working efficiently. Too much calorie restriction will have the opposite effect on what you are trying to achieve.
Some people think that the more they workout, the more calories they burn, and therefore, the more weight they lose. And yes, this can happen. However, when you do too much cardio or burn too many calories without refueling your body, you are setting yourself up for failure. Cardio only workouts, help you burn calories and lose weight, but they don’t build muscle. In fact, those workouts may be burning off muscle, especially when coupled with a low-calorie diet. This will leave you “skinny fat.”
Most “diets” out there ask you to cut something out and it is generally carbs and/or fat. However, doing away with an entire macronutrient can have be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Carbohydrates are an essential fuel for your body for workouts and for getting through the work or school day. Healthy fats help keep you full, help the absorb other nutrients, and help balance your blood sugar.
Staying in the “Health Halo”
The “health halo” effect occurs when a food that has some healthy attributes is perceived as being virtuous in all respects, according to Berkeley Wellness. Natural, organic, local, gluten-free, etc…they all sound great because we’ve been conditioned to believe these are the best products out there for us. The problem is there are all kinds of sugary junk foods out there that are one of these things. That doesn’t make them healthy or help us lose weight so beware when consuming high amounts of these “healthy” foods.
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Author: Jennifer Salama of Optavia.
Jennifer is the co-owner of a martial arts and fitness studio. She has embraced the Optavia program and incorporated it into her business as a tool to help her clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.