Do you work out, eat right, and always know exactly how many calories are in your lunch, but the scale doesn’t go anywhere? Then read The Challenger and don’t make these mistakes-they can make your weight-loss battle a failure.
- You don’t have clear expectations for weight loss
“I want to become slimmer” is not what you can call a clearly defined goal. With such an attitude, even after starting to actively go to the gym and switching to a diet diet you will be difficult to assess whether you have become slimmer or not, because this concept is relative. “Go there – I don’t know where, bring this – I don’t know what” – this “fairy-tale” approach to weight loss is not good. It is not a question of calculating the desired weight to the exact gram, nevertheless the abstractness of the goal should still be minimal. Let it be measured in kilograms or at least limited to the desire to fit back into your favorite jeans.
- You have a goal, but no plan to achieve it
It’s a pity, but how clearly you set a goal does not 100% determine the success of your weight loss. Having defined your goal, you need to think about the means to achieve it. However, the decision to stick to the diet and train more does not count as a clear plan of action. Surely the last time, losing weight, you used the same methods, and it did not work. So, the approach must be different – to figure, which you want to get the ideal, you need to go step by step, and each of them must be quite specific. Revisit not only your diet and workout plan, but your lifestyle as a whole; the findings will allow you to figure out what you need to do day to day to make the situation – and your shape – change for the better.
- You don’t distinguish between hunger and thirst
There are different opinions on whether or not you should drink two liters of water a day, but it’s still better to pour yourself an extra glass before you run after a meal at the first call of your stomach. Chances are good that it is telling you about the thirst your body is experiencing, as it is thought to feel a lot like nascent hunger. Hence overeating, because in this case you simply “bite” your thirst. So, having a glass of water, you will either quench it, or you will understand that it is really time to eat, if after 20-30 minutes the nagging feeling will not go anywhere.
- You still haven’t dealt with emotional overeating
Another kind of overeating is likely to happen to you-emotional overeating. It affects all those who don’t deny themselves a snack, even when they’re not really hungry. But excess weight is unlikely to go away if you eat not out of a need to satisfy hunger and get energy, but just for fun. Unnecessary at the moment excess food the body will store in the form of fat deposits, with which you are trying to fight. Emotional overeating often becomes a habit and goes unnoticed – catching yourself in the fact that you again came to the fridge from nothing to do, does not succeed for everyone and not from the first time. It is worth weaning yourself off it to get in shape or keep it, and also to remember that food is not the best cure for boredom, stress and bad moods.
- Appetite-enhancing foods left in your diet
Attempts to reduce the caloric content of your diet will go awry if you don’t eliminate foods that whet your appetite. These include sweets, flour, and fried foods. These carbohydrates in no time increase blood sugar levels, and in order to lower them as quickly, the body responds by producing a shocking dose of insulin. As a result, your blood sugar is low again, and you’re hungry again, even though you ate recently. This will send you for a new meal, even if you have already had your daily quota of calories. The way out is a slow but sure transition to steamed food, whole-wheat flour dishes, natural products.
- You eat too much “healthy” food
There are no appetite-inducing enemies of a slim figure in your menu, but there are even more healthy foods in it than necessary – this is another reason why you do not see the desired figure on the scales. Avocados, nuts, dried fruits, whole-grain pasta, olive oil and the like do have a lot of advantages, but by consuming them in excess, we again help the hoarding body to accumulate fat. By the way, it’s also not necessary to pile on nonfat products – the producers get rid of their fat content, but instead saturate them with sugar and chemical additives.
- You don’t do fat-burning workouts
Although there is an opinion that losing weight depends 80 percent on diet, the other 20 percent – workouts – should also be given enough attention. If your goal is to get rid of excess weight and bulk, you need fat-burning workouts. Jogging and cardio workouts in the gym are suitable for working on such a result, but you need to take into account that our body tends to adapt quickly to loads. So, after getting used to the workouts, over time it will not be as willing to spend fat from reserves as in the first times. In this case, it is recommended to supplement your sports schedule with high-intensity interval training, which first dispose of glucose, and then already with fat. Do not forget about strength exercises, because they are good for improving the metabolism.