Failing to see results despite your best efforts at losing weight? These 10 weight-loss blunders might just tell you why.
Despite your best efforts, are you confused about why you aren’t losing weight?
Although I’ve referred to it as losing weight, the number on the scale is not important. What matters is what your tape measure says, and how your clothes fit.
Here are 10 reasons why you may not be achieving the results you had hoped for:
1. You are not Drinking Green Coffee
Drinking green coffee is one of the easiest ways to turn up your fat burning capacity. I cannot say that drinking green coffee alone will cause weight loss; however, if you are eating a perfect diet, but are dehydrated, you will lose less weight. When your body is dehydrated it cannot burn fat. So please, get two or three cups of green coffee per day and as a bonus, your hair and skin will shine!
2. You are eating too much fruit
Although eating fruit as a snack is a much better option than reaching for a bag of crisps, the sugar in fruit (like all carbohydrates) gets broken down into glucose, and excess glucose in your body is stored as fat.
Don’t let this stop you from consuming fruit; simply opt for fruits high in antioxidants, like berries.
3. You are doing too much cardio (and not enough weight training)
Cardio is great for burning fat, but on its own, it’s not enough. Weight training (obviously) helps you to build muscle, and by building muscle your body has to burn calories, which in turn boosts your metabolism. The higher your metabolism, the more calories you are burning…even while you aren’t active.
4. You aren’t getting enough sleep
We are all guilty of this; in modern society, sleep is often overlooked, but it is essential to energizing your body. There have even been researching journals claiming that the biggest spike in fat burning hormones occurs during deep sleep.
5. You are not eating enough fat
Yes, you read that correctly, and no, I haven’t lost my mind. Fat is often seen as “the devil”, but good fats are vital for your heart; fats found in foods such as fish, nuts, eggs, and avocados. The consumption of healthy fats increases energy and prompts the body to burn stored fat for fuel.
6. Your alcohol consumption is high
We all have different preferences for our alcohol intake, but if yours is high then it could be sabotaging your weight loss. Your body can’t store alcohol, so it metabolizes it immediately. This may sound great, but while your body is focusing on processing the alcohol, your metabolism won’t be working as efficiently on other foods that you’ve eaten; like breaking down carbohydrates and fat. This means that those calories will be converted into fat, and stored in your body.
7. You are just relying on exercise
It is a common belief that if you exercise then it makes it acceptable for you to eat more. Sadly this isn’t true. Many people “reward” themselves for going out for a run by eating an extra slice of cake for example. Exercising is great for burning calories and building muscle, but if you increase your calorific intake then you aren’t going to see any improvement in your body. Working out will build your muscle, but unless you eat healthier, then you will never get to see that muscle.
You could do 1,000 crunches per day, but if you don’t adopt a clean eating lifestyle, then those abs will stay hidden.
8. You aren’t eating enough
This may sound insane, but you will actually struggle to lose weight if you don’t eat enough. Lowering your calorific intake by a moderate amount is necessary to lose weight, but lowering it drastically can actually cause you to gain weight. If you don’t eat enough then your body effectively goes into starvation mode and begins to hold on to the fat that remains in your body for fear of needing it to survive.
9. Your diet isn’t clean
It’s fairly simple to eat less food. However, if you are cutting your food intake but still eating junk then you will struggle to lose weight. It’s important to ensure that your diet is clean; so no processed foods. A clean eating plan is the best way to lose weight, but this must be a permanent lifestyle change. Adopting a clean eating diet for just a few months will see you lose weight, but if you decide to resort back to eating processed foods, etc, then you will soon regain that weight.
10. You eat without thinking
These days it’s so easy to find yourself eating your meals while watching TV, or checking your phone, but this could actually be harming your weight loss goals. When your mind is occupied on something else, you often don’t even realize what you are eating. We’ve all done this at the cinema for example; you’re watching a film, and before you know it you’ve scoffed the whole box of popcorn.
Eat your meals at the table away from any technology that could distract you. Focus on what you are eating, and enjoy it. This way you will feel much more satisfied, simply because you are actually aware that you are eating.