Are you eating healthy, exercising, taking your vitamins and supplements but when you stand on the scale, you don’t seem to be losing any weight and reaching your goals you have set for yourself?
You are being diligent and tracking the calories of every meal and snack you take in and monitoring the calories you lose while exercising, but the weight is not coming off. Do not think you are doing something wrong or think there is an issue with your genetics. Probably, it is you who is hindering your weight loss without even knowing it.
Here are few tips and advice on how you can be sabotaging your weight loss goals and how to fix the problem.
Make sure you are not over eating – Don’t get confused between eating healthy foods and achieving your health and fitness goals. Just because you think you are eating healthy does mean you can eat endless amounts of food with consequences. For example, eating fruit is healthy for you, however, eating too much can hinder your wonder your goals. What you need to do is make sure that the calories you take in are less than the calories you are losing. Keep track of the foods you eat and check the portion sizes. There are many apps that can help to track you calories and exercise.
Avoid all the little bites of food – Try to avoid the little bite and tasting of good while you are cooking, walking past the kitchen, making lunch for kids, or the coffee-room at work. Most of the time you don’t know you are doing this and they are not beneficial at all. Remember every bite has calories.
Are you drinking enough water – This might sound like a simple question and minor issue , but it is a very big one. Thirst and hunger re often confused with each other. When your stomach growls you might think it is hunger but, in fact, it is thirst. You know when you have finished that delicious meal and feel like you want a little more. Instead of reaching for a snack or dessert, rather have a glass of water. This will also help with you to digest your food. Water also helps with several bodily processes including nutrient absorption, energy expenditure, and fat loss. Try drink at least 8 cups of water a day and more if you are exercising . Carry a bottle of water around with you and constantly refill.
Is your fitness tracker accurate – Fitness trackers watches are all the rage today and they do work if used correctly. People use the trackers as a lifeline and believe every piece of data. However, technology is not perfect. Even though you can get some very insightful dat from trackers, there is plenty that they cannot tell you. So if you go for run for 30 minute and your tracker tells you have lost 300 calories, don’t think you can go out and eat 300 calories of extra food.
Make sure you are eating enough – Don’t think that if you starve your body you will lose weight. Your body is like a vehicle and needs fuel to function. Skimping on meals only means that your body is not getting the correct nutrients to run efficiently. Starving yourself only tells your body to hold on to the food you do eat. Try eat at least 3 balanced meals a day with a mid-morning and afternoon snack to keep metabolism running high.
Avoid temptations and buying trigger foods – If you know that is you buy a slab of chocolate it will entice you eat, then simply don’t buy it and avoid the temptation. Instead, you should buy and keep healthy foods around you and food that you will eat. Save the treats for special occasions.
Monitor your sleep patterns – Make sure that you are getting enough sleep because the lack of sleep can cause a myriad of problems in your life, from poor work quality all the way to serious health conditions. When it comes to your health, make sure you are getting enough hours of sleep. In most cases when you are feeling tired you will make incorrect food choices, drag through your workouts, and effect your cortisol levels which will result in your belly fat to accumulate. Try sticking to a routine and go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Try get at least 8 hours of sleep.