Are you tired of not seeing the scale, even though you’ve changed your diet? Here’s a look at some of the most common mistakes that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
① You’re Trying to Use a “Quick Fix” to Lose Weight
Many diets are merely a “quick fix,” and they are designed to manipulate the body to lose weight by tricking the body. In many cases, this is done by eliminating a macro-nutrient group, such as fat, carbs, or protein, or by limiting your calorie intake.
Trying to use a “quick fix” is only going to result in weight loss failure. After all, you can only trick your body for so long, and that weight will come back. In many cases, you’ll even add a few extra pounds. Stop thinking that you can find a diet plan that helps you lose weight overnight.
Remember, you need to be healthy if you are going to lose weight. Yes, you should be making your health the priority if you want to lose weight. When you start taking multiple steps to get healthy, you can naturally achieve successful, healthy, sustainable, long-lasting weight loss.
② Over Exercising While on a Low Calorie Diet
Over exercising, particularly when you’re not taking in enough calories, can make your body begin slowing its metabolism. When you have fewer calories coming in than the amount of calories the body is burning, your body begins to think that food is scarce. This causes the body to start storing fat.
To make this easier to understand, think about your body as you would your home. If you don’t make enough money to pay an expensive electric bill, you start turning down the heat to compensate. Your body does the same thing.
If it doesn’t have enough calories coming in, it starts saving energy by lowering your body temperature, which slows your metabolism. It also reduces digestive juices, which weakens digestion, reduces your pulse, and slows thyroid function, which reduces your energy levels. The body does this naturally to make sure the body can last longer on fewer calories.
This is not what you want to happen when you’re trying to lose weight.
③ Eating a Diet Low in Protein
If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, you’re going to have a tough time losing weight. Your liver and the body’s natural detoxification processes depend on protein. A healthy liver is also essential to the conversion of thyroid hormones and the proper management of blood sugar. If you want to improve your health and lose weight, you’ll want to avoid a vegan or low protein diet.
④ You’ve Cut Out All Sugars
It’s definitely a good idea to cut some sugars, such as fake sweeteners, agave, and fake sweeteners, but many people go too far. They start cutting out nourishing sugars, such as molasses, honey, maple syrup, fresh fruit juices, and fruits.
If you completely cut sugar from your diet, your metabolism may take a hit, making it tough for the body to store glycogen, which your body needs to convert t4 thyroid hormones into t3 thyroid hormones, which keep the metabolism performing healthily.
⑤ You Keep Depriving Yourself
Gaining an excessive amount of weight is often the sign of a serious nutritional deficit. How can you deal with the deficit? It doesn’t involve depriving your body of the nutrients you need. Think about the body as a bank account. Making multiple nutritional deposits into your body’s “bank account” daily is important.
If you’re trying to eat a dissatisfying diet, you won’t feel nourished; you won’t feel satisfied, and you won’t achieve the healthy weight loss that you want. Over time, a healthy diet should reduce your cravings, not make them worse. You can still lose weight, even when paying attention to and responding to the needs of your body.
⑥ Following a Fat-Free Diet
You can find a lot of bad information out there about fat. You may hear that “fat will make you fat,” but is this true? For thousands of years, humans have used natural fats, such as cream, lard, coconut oil, butter, and egg yolks without getting fat. During the early 1990s, a low-fat craze hit the nation and started changing the way we think about healthy foods. When you choose fat-free foods, you’re usually choosing foods that are low in protein and higher in carbs and sugar. After all, natural protein has a healthy dose of fat with it. Unfortunately, most people eat more of the low-fat foods because they don’t satisfy.
If you cut fat from your diet, you won’t be getting the fat soluble vitamins that you need, including vitamin A, K, E, and D. Fat is required to absorb these vitamins. This means that eating a fat-free diet will deplete your body of nutrients, making it harder for you to lose weight.
⑦ Drinking Too Much Water
You should listen to your body when it comes to thirst, not a blanket requirement that tells you how much you should drink. Humans often don’t pay attention to their instincts, which can result in over-drinking.
Unfortunately, what you think can keep you from paying attention to what your body is telling you. Instead of aiming to drink a certain amount of water each day, focus on listening to your body. When you feel thirsty, you should drink. However, don’t force yourself to drink a lot of water that your body doesn’t want.
Be patient with your body
Make sure that you are patient with your body. Don’t expect weight loss to happen overnight. After all, it takes time to gain weight, so it will take time for it to come off too. Listen to your body and focus on being healthy.