Do you eat well, track calories, and are yet not losing weight? When you are doing everything right and choosing healthier foods, then it is frustrating not to see results when you step on the scale. No matter who you are or what your background is, chances are one of these diet-related reasons is standing in the way of your weight loss goals.
You are eating wrong foods
What you eat daily plays a significant role in whether you lose weight. The food you eat should depend on your body type, metabolism, and other factors. The best rule is to stick to all natural, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid excess bread, sugar, chips and anything else that’s processed. Liquid calories from alcohol, sweetened juices, teas, sodas etc. can also contribute to weight gain
You are not eating all foods, especially proteins
Food quality is as important as quantity. You should eat servings from all the main food groups every day such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and especially proteins. Proteins can drastically reduce cravings and desire for snacking. Your body expends more energy to metabolize protein than carbs or fat, so higher-protein diets make you burn slightly more calories.
You are overeating healthy foods
If you have already cleaned up your diet, and yet you are not losing weight, then you are just overeating. Even if you eat healthily, the calories still count. Nuts, avocados, whole wheat pasta, olive oil and dark chocolate are all natural and healthy, but they are not empty of calories. You will require watching how much of the good stuff you eat.
You are skipping meals
Skipping breakfast, or any meal, may seem like a great way to save calories, but your body will actually hold on to fat because it thinks it’s being starved. Skipping meals is not only unhealthy, but it can also damage your metabolism beyond repair.
You don’t drink enough water
Drinking water can have benefits for weight loss. Water helps to control appetite; therefore, you are less likely to overeat. Filling up on water before a meal helps reduce hunger. Moreover, if you are dehydrated, your kidneys can’t function properly, and the body turns to the liver for additional support. As the liver is working hard, more of the fat you eat is stored rather than burned off.
You eat without thinking
Having meals standing or on the go, in front of your computer or the TV or while reading can hurt your weight-loss goals. Sometimes you don’t even realize how much you’re eating when your mind is somewhere else. Saving a special time for meals without distractions will help you connect to and enjoy your food, and as a result, eat less.
You are always dining out
Visiting your favorite restaurant is the best way to relax, but you are more likely to treat yourself to a huge meal complete with appetizers, drinks, fried foods, and desserts. If you don’t want to give up your outings, prefer to share a meal with a friend, order healthy foods such as salads and soups, and sip water instead of wine.
You don’t sleep enough
Sleeping well is one of the most important things to consider for losing weight, as well as for your physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation increases hunger and slows down metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight. Moreover, loss of sleep reduces energy levels and also interferes with workout recovery.
You are too focused on dieting
Diets, practically never work in the long term. People who diet actually gain more weight over time. Focus on feeding your body instead of depriving it, and let weight loss follow naturally.
Losing weight is a mental challenge, not a physical one!