Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Plan
You’ve been working hard to get into better shape, be it for a New Year’s resolution, tropical
vacation, or upcoming event. The only thing is you’re not seeing the results you wanted,
especially around your waistline. You may just be inadvertently sabotaging yourself with bad
habits, or perhaps habits you thought were good that aren’t actually. Check out these sabotages,
and if any of them sound familiar, you might just see an improvement.
Over indulging After a Workout:
For those who are new to an exercise routine, often times
people decide to reward themselves for a job well done after completing a successful workout.
There is nothing wrong with being proud of a workout, but many people think because they
exercised, they can eat more food than they normally. This is not the case for those who are
trying to lose weight as most moderate workouts don’t require you to replenish the caloric deficit
with extra food. Instead of treating yourself to a special dessert or an extra helping of dinner,
reward yourself with a massage or long bubble bath.
Not Eating Enough:
On the other hand, many people associate weight loss with less food. This
is true to a certain extent, but cannot be confused with starving yourself. If you eat fewer calories
than your body burns at its resting metabolic rate, your body is going to go into survival mode
which will lower your metabolism. Doing anything that lowers your metabolism will sabotage
your weight loss. Maintaining a balanced diet with the appropriate amount of calories for your
gender, activity level and age, is necessary for losing weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Drinking Your Calories:
Many people may be eating a balanced and healthy diet, but forgetting
that drinks can carry a significant portion of your daily calories. Soda and alcohol are obvious
offenders, but some people don’t realize how many calories one shot of liquor can pack in,
especially with mixers. While fruit juices seem healthy, even the ones with no additional sugar
added can contain more sugar and calories than expected. Try to limit alcohol intake while trying
to lose weight, and cut out soda as it has no nutritional value. Even diet sodas can be detrimental
to weight loss. Juices can be mixed with seltzer water to make a refreshing, lower calorie
beverage. And drink lots of water throughout the day, and especially when waking up, and
before and during a meal.
Low Variety Workout:
Many people get stuck in a particular routine while they workout.
While it is great that you’re working out, doing the same routines every time you exercise allows
your muscles to also get into a routine. In order to get the most out of your workout, make sure to
add variety to your workout. Change the order of the routine, work in different exercises, and do
both interval cardio and weight training. Adding weight training helps to build muscle mass
which increases metabolism and will help with weight loss.