Despite our best efforts there are certain mistakes we all make that could be preventing weight loss from occurring.
Here are 6 of the most common weight loss preventing mistakes that you should try to avoid if you wish to lose a few of those excess pounds ready for summer.
#1: You can’t cut back on starchy carbs
You will often hear health professionals state time and again that you should cut back on starchy carbs such as white bread and rice, potatoes, fried and processed foods if you want to lose weight.
Unfortunately these foods are quite addictive so you may find them difficult to cut back on.
If you want to be successful at your weight loss goal then you need to be strong and cut back on these food types; instead aim to eat more healthy fats such as those found in avocados and nuts.
It is also recommended that you increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables as they are perfect for filling you up without the high calorie content. They are also nutrient-rich too so can improve your overall health too.
#2: You stick to the same exercise routine
If you don’t mix up your exercise regime every now and then your body will get used to the same routine and you will stop seeing the benefits you would expect to see.
Every now and then change your routine. Perhaps try a few different exercises or increase the duration or intensity of your workout.
Keep your muscles guessing what is coming next and you will see better overall results. Just remember if you are not giving 100% then you will never reach your goal.
#3: You focus on either diet or exercise
Successful weight loss will not come as a result of either diet or exercise, you need both to reach your goal.
#4: You are always stressed
Too much stress can negatively affect your weight loss as it causes a production of a hormone known as cortisol to increase.
When your cortisol levels are high your fat storage increases as well as your food cravings, which is a dangerous combination.
If you tend to suffer from stress then you need to find a way to manage it. Perhaps go for a walk to clear your mind, meditate or have a relaxing bath.
#5: You focus on cardio
Of course cardio burns calories but what if I were to tell you that weight training us even more effective?
Using weights while training can help burn calories up to 24 hours after you stop exercising, whereas you stop burning calories the moment you hop off the treadmill.
Thats not all though as you will also be building muscle while lifting weights, which will also help burn even more calories. Research has shown time and again that muscle burns more calories than fat, even while you are at rest.
Don’t worry about becoming too ‘manly’, the weights wont pack on huge amounts of muscle. The female body will not naturally produce enough testosterone to see huge muscle gains.
Focus on compound-exercises like squats and deadlifts as these full body movements will give you the best workout for the least amount of time.
#6: You are not sleeping enough
If you fail to get a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night you could be hampering your weight loss efforts.
A lack of sleep will cause an increase in your ghrelin levels, resulting in an increased appetite. While your leptin levels (that suppresses your appetite) will go down.
This is a dangerous combination that will lead to excess snacking.