Bad Weight Loss Habits
When you commit to losing weight, you can commit to a lot of good changes. But…sometimes those changes can create new opportunities to create bad weight loss habits.
You might not even know they’re bad.
But they will stop you from getting to your goal.
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Not Eating Enough
Most people think—if I skip eating or reduce my caloric intake, I’ll speed up weight loss.
While you CAN see quick losses (sometimes) it’s not something you can consistently do. Your body adapts to lower caloric intake, you hit a plateau, and then you get hungry. Again.
You’ll eat like you used to then you’ll gain weight. Alll over again.
Solution: Set a restricted calorie intake. Eat several small meals and stick to your caloric goals.
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Eating the Same Thing
Ok, almonds are good for you, but not 2 cups a day. Just like peanut butter—yummy but when you eat more than a couple tablespoons, and you’re packing in calories.
You can even overeat FRUIT and pack on some pounds. Just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean you can eat it without limits and suffer no consequences.
Solution: Keep the variety. Protein, carbs and fat should be part of your meals. Moderation is key—eat your servings of the things you love and repeat tomorrow!
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Cheat DAYS
We don’t really like the term “cheat meal” or “cheat day” it insinuates that you’re doing something wrong…but you’re not. You’re rewarding yourself AND keeping your metabolism on its toes.
Solution: for your ‘treat’ meal, it should be just that. Eat a meal of things you don’t typically eat, eat it slow, savor it, don’t overindulge and don’t let it turn into several treat meals or several days.
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Overtraining
So many people make this mistake—they jump into losing weight by overtraining. Besides results-stalling injuries it can cause, it can also cause you to gain weight because your body releases more cortisol when it is overtrained. Plus, it burns you out. If you’re burnt out, it’s hard to keep going.
Solution: Set limits. Don’t go over 60 minutes of cardio in one session, and give yourself 2 rest days a week.
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Drastic Diet
Piggybacking on the above category: drastic diets kill results! You can’t starve yourself healthy or take away all the ‘bad’ foods on your first day of dieting and expect yourself to stay energized, happy and committed. No. Just no.
Solution: wean yourself off the bad stuff. Remove sugary drinks one week. Remove fried foods the next. See how much easier it is to commit when you slowly reduce the bad stuff and replace it with the good stuff.
Bad Weight Loss Habits: Not Tracking Progress
They say you can’t rely on the scale, true. But don’t not track progress.
Solution: Take pics, try on old clothes that are smaller. Track your food and activity so you can be accountable and make adjustments as you notice results—or none.
Knowledge is power and now you know. What you do with this information will shape your success or lack thereof!
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Now, go do something that makes you sweat!