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It’s a common problem.
You’ve been on a diet for weeks and aren’t losing weight like you thought you would.
It may be because you’re consuming more calories than you think.
Below I’ve written 6 habits that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts;
Mistake #1: Forgetting Liquid Calories
It’s easy to forget that the things you drink have calories—some more than you’d think. In fact, some have more calories than an entire plate of food.
We need to be mindful of the amount of calories you could be consuming from drinks.
Think about it…as you drink your juice with breakfast, rehydrate with a ’energy drink’ at the gym, or drink a glass of wine at dinner, they all add up over the course of the day.
It’s best to avoid all sweetened sodas, sweetened or flavoured coffee drinks, sweetened tea, and smoothies – any juice diets should be quickly banned, because while they taste great, liquids generally don’t satisfy hunger, so you are consuming just empty calories.
Mistake #2 Meal Skipping
Many dieters think they’ll cut their calorie intake by skipping a meal, usually breakfast.
But this is a mistake.
Skipping a meal usually causes you to eat more calories at lunch time, especially when you are not familiar with fasting.
A healthy breakfast can keep you feeling full all morning, especially if you can include a good source of protein and some healthy fats.
Mistake #3: Oversized Portions
I’m guilty myself in thinking that simply because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want.
Some healthy food recipes can contain a lot more calories than you think, therefore its best to focus on the basics such as eating adequate protein along with lots of vegetables and greens!
Mistake #4: Blaming Your Genes
Many people give up on dieting or think there’s no hope when it comes to meeting their goal weight because of their genes.
I’m not a great believer in the sharing your parents to genes of being overweight, I think what really happens is that you inherit your parents eating habits, not just their genes.
Instead of giving up, keep focusing on the basics of consistent workouts and eating small frequent meals, you’ll eventually see results.
Mistake #5: Eating Without Thinking
It happens to everyone. You’re tired after a long day and you just want to lay in front of the television or read a good book. Unfortunately, mindlessly eating is often involved.
When it comes to a successful diet, make rules for appropriate times to eat. And don’t always feel the need to eat when relaxing. Try drinking water as a lot of the time you are simply dehydrated, not hungry.
Mistake #6: Eliminating All Treats
You should refrain from completely eliminating foods in the house. I mean all the food they enjoy, whether chips, sweets, snacks, or any high-calorie food are at the end of the day, probably what keeps you happy.
A better plan is to allow yourself a treat every once in a while.
Remember that everyone makes mistakes, but be smart and don’t let these common pitfalls keep your from meeting your weight loss goal!
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