The Top 10 Weight Loss Mistakes
In this post I will write about some common weight loss mistakes. Some people just don’t understand how come they exercise almost daily, eat right/clean most of the time and they still won’t lose weight.
The nr. 1 mistake and the most common is skipping breakfast! If you don’t eat in the first hour after you wake up, when your body needs energy and nutrients, your body is going to eat away your muscle tissue. Besides that, eating breakfast can also kick-start your metabolism. You send your body a signal that you’re not starving, so it starts burning fat—even when you’re just doing normal activities. You should know, the more muscle you have the more fat you burn even when you are not working out!
The nr.2 reason is stress! Doesn’t matter that you are stressed at work, or you are stressed about your weight loss, or emotional stress, you need to know that when your body is releasing a lot of stress hormone and you are stressed out, your body is not in a fat burning mode.
The nr. 3 mistake is to lose sleep. It is very important for our body to rest. When you don’t get between seven and nine hours of rest, your body produces more of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin, and that means you will be eating more on the next day, and you will crave high fat food.
Mistake nr. 4 is going on a low fat or no fat diet! Our body needs fat to function properly, to make things like brain cells, all of the cellular membranes of every cell of our body contain a layer of fat. It is important that we incorporate good and healthy fat in our diet. For example: avocados, nuts and seeds, fish.
The nr. 5 mistake is that people forget about liquid calories. We all love those caramel lattes and those nice fruity cocktails, or even a margarita. You should know these drinks are loaded with sugar and can pack up to 300-400 calories!
Mistake nr. 6 is consuming artificial sweeteners. Studies suggest that fake, zero-calorie sweeteners cause more weight gain compared to real sugar—possibly because they confuse your digestive system, compromising your ability to burn calories and actually increasing food cravings.
Mistake nr.7 is eating in front of the TV. Once someone has repeatedly eaten a food in a particular environment, their brain comes to associate the food with the environment. This is when people before their favorite TV show make popcorn, French fries, tortilla chips. Watching a TV show or a movie, you are not paying attention on how much you eat, so you can easily overeat.
Mistake nr.8 is the fact that people choose a specific diet. These diets may work, but as soon as you are going back to your old eating habits and lifestyle all that weight is going to come back. It is important to make some little sustainable changes in your lifestyle that can help you lose weight. You should make these changes little by little, and the most important thing is to hold on to it, to make it a lifestyle not a diet!
Mistake nr. 9 is that people do not drink enough water. Water is so important for us. Flushes out all the toxins from our body, speeds up the metabolism and helps us losing weight. Drink as much water as possible, especially on empty stomach in the morning and after your workout.
Mistake nr.10 is having a negative defeatist attitude. If you think there is no way that you are going to succeed this time, lose the weight and keep it off, then you will be right!