5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts
Even if you’ve promised to fully commit yourself to eating right and exercising enough to lose those pounds you’ve always wanted to shed, sometimes you still end up making a mistake or two somewhere along the road to total health and wellness. It’s important to be aware of the old unhealthy habits you may have picked up, and not even realized that you’re doing. It’s ok to make mistakes, but just be sure to commit yourself to recognizing them and fixing them, if you want your good health to last. Here are five ways you may be sabotaging your own self when trying to lose weight.
You Skip Breakfast
You hear it all the time, and here it is again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, or eat very little at all, you’ll just feel hungrier throughout the day, and chances are high that you’ll reach for an unhealthy snack before lunch and end up overeating unhealthy foods all throughout the course of the day. Make the time to eat a protein-rich breakfast, such as oatmeal with sliced almonds, or whole wheat toast with a peanut butter spread. You’ll feel fuller longer and be less likely to overeat.
You Only Do Cardio
You should be proud of yourself for going to the gym. However, you want to make your time there really count. Cardio is important for maintaining heart health, but strength training is really where you’ll burn that fat off. Head to the weight room to burn more calories during and even after your workout.
You Work Out By Yourself
If you can, try to find a buddy or even a group of people to work out with. You’ll motivate each other, and you’ll be less likely to skip out on working out when you know someone else is relying on you to be there with them.
You’re Too Anxious Or Emotional
Emotional eating is an incredibly common problem, and one of the top reasons people overeat. When you are overly stressed or anxious, the levels of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin in your brain drop, and your body begins to crave the need to feel good again. Highly processed, unhealthy junk and fast foods are filled with serotonin-inducing chemicals and ingredients, but they come at a high calorie count and evenhigher fat content. Practice yoga or meditative deep-breathing exercises to curb your stress and anxiety.
You Drink Diet Soda
Diet soda is not at all good for people on a diet. It’s loaded with sugar, which provides nothing but empty calories. Stay away from the stuff, and opt for water instead!