Losing weight can be a tricky feat. You may think you are taking all the right steps to cutting extra pounds, but the scale and the button on your jeans are telling you otherwise. It can be extremely frustrating—but do not get discouraged! We are here to help make your weight loss journey a success.
These 10 tips will explain why you aren’t losing the weight and changes you can make to correct these weight loss mistakes:
1.) Stop binge eating at night. You ate a healthy breakfast and lunch – but the moment you got home you sprinted over to the fridge and ate everything in sight. Sound familiar? Do not deprive your body of food throughout the day. You will find yourself craving anything, and everything, by the time dinner rolls around. Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day to avoid binge eating.
2.) Lift weights. You spend hours on cardio machines but always ignore the dumbbells in the corner. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight. Lifting weights will help strengthen joints to prevent injury, shrink and tone your frame, boost your metabolism, and burn more calories while your body is at rest.
3.) Count sneaky calories. If you’re calorie counting, be aware of all calories. Sauces, dressings, and seasoning all contain calories – even if we would like to pretend they don’t. These sneaky little calories will add up quickly. So next time you prepare a healthy salad for lunch, be aware of your toppings!
4.) Stop just working out. For many, this is one of the most difficult pieces to the weight loss puzzle. In order to see faster results, you need to eat clean and train mean. Remember, abs are made in the kitchen.
5.) Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). If you have been doing the same 30-minute elliptical routine every day, you probably aren’t seeing the results you hoped for. Try incorporating at least 3 short, high-intensity workouts into your weekly workout routine.
6.) Skip the “diet” food. Frozen meals or foods that are “fat free” or “diet” do not do your waistline any favors. Frozen meals are extremely processed and are high in sodium, sugar, and contain other nasty ingredients. Fat free and diet foods can mean fewer calories, but more sugar, sodium, and bad carbohydrates. Take the time to make your own meals that are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
7.) Keep track of your progress. Technology has made living a healthy lifestyle easier than ever. Modern fitness apps have the ability to count calories, track workouts and activity level, monitor sleeping patterns, and so much more. Here are 4 fantastic apps for jump starting and maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
8.) Drink water. Besides the obvious job of keeping you hydrated, water plays a big part in weight loss. Drink a glass of water before meals to help you control portions and feel more full. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water day – and more depending on your fitness level. Looking for an extra metabolism boost? Add lemon to your H20!
9.) Don’t be a sitter. It can be difficult to stay active during your 9-5. But there are little changes that can help. Every half-hour get up from you chair and walk around for a few minutes. This will help get your blood flowing and wake up your body. If you’re even more motivated, try some desk workouts on your lunch hour!
10.) Manage your stress. If weight gain has a partner in crime, it would be stress. When you are stressed your body craves unhealthy food and feeds bad habits. And where does stress like to put this weight gain? Right on your midsection. Try these proven stress busters to help shed the pounds.
So don’t give up on your weight loss journey! There are plenty of things you can do to overcome your obstacles. Use these tips and you will be on the right track to a healthy and happy lifestyle!
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.