Common Weight Loss Mistakes You Might Not Know You’re Making
Weight loss can be tricky. There’s a lot of rules, stress and even some health concerns that come with it. Make sure you’re not making any of these common weight loss mistakes, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.
1. Not eating enough.
This one is big one in the weight loss game. Many people are lead to believe that cutting down on their food intake completely is the fastest and best way to achieve weight loss. This is not true! The rapid drop in food intake will only lead to health problems in the future. It’s important to ensure that you are not starving yourself to achieve these goals.
2. Snacking between meals.
Although you may be tracking your food and calorie intake per meal, you can’t forget about the snacks throughout the day! If you find yourself consuming lots of chips and fatty snacks, but too hungry during the day to cut out snacking completely, try to stick to fruits and other low-calorie snacks. Even a glass of water can sometimes fill you up just enough before a meal.
What you may not realize is that although you may be making the right food choices, what’s really preventing weight loss from happening is the dressings and sauces that go on top. When shopping at the grocery store, aim for the “light” version of spreads and dips. When eating at a restaurant, ask for the less fatty sides, or pass them to a friend!
Another one that people frequently miss are drinks. Drinks such as pop and juice can sometimes be packed full of sugars, unhealthy fats and calories. To avoid sugary drinks being added to your list of fat-intake, try to drink more water or sugar-free juices. Struggle to drink water? Check out some of our tips & tricks to increase your water intake here.
5. Healthy fats vs. unhealthy fats.
It is okay to have fats sometimes - actually, a little bit is good for you, so don’t be so quick to cut them out. However, the key is to know the difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Healthy fats can be found in things like nuts, avocados, cheese, whole eggs, etc. vs. the unhealthy fats found in fast food restaurants, or grease fried food.
6. Weekend breaks.
We all do it. It’s the weekend and you’re off work and/or school, so that means you can take a break from focusing on your eating habits, right? Wrong! You’d be surprised how quickly these things will catch up with you. Even taking one or two days off can set your body’s routine back almost double that!
7. Ignoring your body.
Finally, another common mistake is not listening to what your body is trying to tell you. If you’re still hungry after a meal, it is okay to have a bit more, but the key is to know the difference between “I’m satisfied” and “I’m full”.