Regrettably, losing weight is a very difficult thing to so. Therefore, look out for these weight loss busters when you are trying to lose weight.
Eating too many times – As a matter of fact, people, in general, eat breakfast and dinner, or lunch and dinner, or breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the other hand, for many countless reasons, you may end up snacking one or two times in between each of these major meals. As a result, to lose weight successfully, you need to manage your portions along with the kinds of foods you snack on. Also, while it may be relatively easy to control portion size, it is really hard to keep count of calories that you are eating. Unless, that is, if you limit eating to only eating really healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Lastly, several studies show that the number of meals has little or no effect on weight loss or burning fat. In fact, it all depends on portion size and the kinds of food you eat.
Eating outside – Above all, controlling what you eat is very difficult when you are eating outside the home. In fact, even if restaurants and fast food places provide dietary information, you don’t really know how many calories, carbohydrates, and fats you are putting down your mouth. Moreover, it’s likely going to be a lot higher than what you estimated.
Too much sitting – In this day and age, countless many people spend an awful amount of time sitting. For example, sitting while driving to and from work, sitting in the office glued to the computer screen, or while at home you are either glued to your cell phone, computer, or watching TV. All this sitting, causes you to put of weight, gain fat, as well as the potential for a lot of health problems.
Eating after a workout – Cardio workouts can consume a lot of energy. And the longer your cardio workouts the more exhausted you may feel. Also, studies have shown that the average aerobic machine displays on average 19% more calories burned than what you actually burned. Moreover, elliptical machines are the worst offenders by reporting the calories burned count by nearly 40% over the calories that were actually burned. So with a false sense of satisfaction you may compound the problem of under burning fat by eating or drinking too many calories after the workout.
Not doing enough aerobic workouts – Aerobic workouts are the best way to lose weight because they require you to expend a lot of physical energy and calories. As a result, if you don’t do enough aerobic workouts, you won’t be able to lose weight.
Too much stress – When you are in stress the levels of your stress hormones, namely cortisol, increase in the body. Regrettably, these hormones can cause you to have intense cravings for high fat foods and foods with lots of calories. As a consequence, if the stress continues over time, your weight will increase.
Drinking sugars – Drinks that are sugary and taste good are enjoyable to drink. Regrettably, they also cause you to drink lots of calories. Moreover, these sugary drinks don’t satisfy your hunger while making it hard for you to lose weight.
Not eating enough proteins – If you are not losing weight, it’s highly likely your diet is sorely lacking in proteins. In fact, proteins can make you eat several hundred fewer calories a day. Furthermore, studies show that a high protein breakfast makes you less hungry and have fewer cravings for food during the day. Finally, a high protein intake also helps prevent metabolic slowdown, a common side effect of losing weight.
Not getting enough sleep – As a matter of fact, several studies report that not getting enough sleep causes you to put on weight. Therefore, losing weight requires you to focus on getting your 8 hours of daily sleep.
Not drinking enough water – Drinking water fills up your stomach which in turn reduces the calories you eat or drink. In fact a 12 week study showed that people who drank 17 ounces of water half an hour before meals lost 44 percent more weight than those who did not. In addition, drinking water boosts the calories burned by up to 30 percent over a 90 minutes period.