Updated: Nov 19, 2018
I think we all dread these 2 words: WEIGHT LOSS.
There are so many ways to go about losing weight, that they can seem overwhelming, and nearly impossible to maintain.
But did you know that we may be our own worst enemy when it comes to losing weight? Every day, we might be committing self-sabotage on our weight-loss journey and not even know it!
Well, never fear! I’m here to help!
I’ve figured out the 5 biggest mistakes we are making when it comes to weight-loss.
Oh, and I also tell you how to fix them.
YOU’RE WORKING OUT TOO MUCH
Okay. Here’s the deal. 30 minutes of exercise (any exercise will do) for at least 3-5 days a week is awesome for your body, mind, and spirit. It’ll give you great amounts of energy and boost your metabolism.
Know what else exercise will do? Make you crave more food.
When you start amping up your workouts, your body is going to need more food as fuel. When you deny it the fuel it needs, it holds on to what’s already there (a.k.a. the fat you’re trying to get rid of) because it’s not sure if/when it’s going to get more fuel.
Kinda besides the point? Right?
So make sure you’re eating enough to support the amount of exercise you’re doing each day/week.
YOU’RE CUTTING TOO MANY CALORIES
Did you know that eating too few calories can actually SLOW DOWN your metabolism?
That’s why this method is so counter-productive.
Even if you aren’t working out, not eating enough calories for your body can have the exact opposite effect than the one you want. You’ll notice you aren’t losing any weight, or worst yet, you might gain a few unwanted pounds. Want to know how many calories you should be eating in a day? Check it out here.
YOU’RE SKIPPING BREAKFAST
I know you’ve heard it—breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Want to know why?
Without breakfast, your body goes into starvation mode. When that happens, you will probably do one of two things:
Over-eat when you finally do eat something
Be in a bad mood, and possibly have experience “brain fog” throughout the entire day
Did you know that our need to eat breakfast is dated back to the earliest humans? Back then, humans could only hunt during the daylight (electricity wasn’t a thing yet), so their bodies learned to crave food within 2 hours of being awake.
Eating breakfast also ramps up your blood sugar levels, which naturally dip while we sleep.
The moral of this story? Don’t skip breakfast!
YOU’RE EATING TOO MUCH TOO LATE
Back to what I was saying about the earliest humans… Our metabolisms are set to function more during daylight. This means that eating too late (while our metabolism is resting) may cause us to hold on to unwanted weight.
When we eat outside of our normal rhythm, the food we consume is often stored as fat, and not used as fuel.
Starting to notice a theme, here?
Also, we are more likely to choose more savory, salty, or sugary foods late in the day, as well.
So, there’s definitely something to that “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper” saying, after all.
YOU’RE TRYING TOO MANY FAD DIETS
Take the time to do a quick Google search on the “best diets” and you’ll find about a million of them—all claiming to be the best thing in town.
The problem is, most of those diets are not sustainable for a long period of time. So yes, if you follow the diet, you’ll probably lose the weight. But then, when you can no longer sustain the strenuous eating schedule, or you stop the diet altogether because you’ve lost the weight you wanted to lose, guess what? All the weight comes back, and usually with a vengeance.
So, what are we to do? Simple. DON’T DIET.
Make lifestyle changes that are not as harsh and can be worked into the life you already have. Will the transformation be swift? Probably not. But at least you’ll know that you are making a sustainable change, that WILL bring results—the healthy way.
HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT MY WEIGHT-LOSS?
Every day for the last two years, I have used some amazing supplements that have supported me (the right way) on my weight-loss journey. These supplements have provided the nutrients I needed and reinforced the lifestyle changes that I am still living out, to this day. Want to learn more? Schedule a free video chat!
DID YOU GET VALUE?
I hope so. Because it’s my mission to help you reclaim yourself, so that you can be the best career person, spouse, parent, significant other---WHATEVER!!---that you can be!