The Most Common Mistakes that Keep You from Losing Weight

One of the principles of weight-loss is to burn more than what we consume, but it doesn't mean that you should stop eating. But even when you think you're doing everything you can, your weight doesn't seem to go down. It could be that you're making one of the most common mistakes that keep you from losing weight.
The Most Common Mistakes that Keep You from Losing Weight

Last update: 24 March, 2019

Are you having troubles losing weight and keeping it off? If so, what’s keeping you from losing weight?

There are various reasons why we may decide it’s time to lose weight. However, the most common one is wanting to be healthier and feeling more comfortable in our own skin.

If you’ve already made the decision to lose weight, then it’s time to set a goal and do what it takes to achieve it – without impairing your health.

Keep reading to find out what are the most common mistakes that are keeping you from losing weight. It may be that a tiny change in your daily routine is, in fact, enough to regain control over your body.

The Top Dieting Mistakes

1. Restricting Certain Foods Keeps You from Losing Weight

Often, when people decide to lose weight, the first thing they do is to stop eating. They may do this either entirely or eliminate a few certain food groups.

However, various studies have concluded that the only way to lose weight is by following a diet that includes adequate portions of all the food groups.

You shouldn’t restrict your diet. Instead, include more healthy foods in abundance.

Furthermore, make sure to change your habits and culinary practices. Don’t add more fats, salt, sugar to foods that already contain a lot of them, for example. Complement them instead.

If you’re trying to lose weight – or just to lead a healthier life – it’s very important to eliminate processed, prepackaged foods from your diet. Most are loaded with fructose, sodium, and trans fats. (You can recognize them by their pretty, colorful, printed packages.) And yes, this also applies to junk foods snacks.

Instead, eat more fruits, grains, and vegetables as snacks during the day, instead of eating prepackaged energy bars, chips, sodas, sports and energy drinks, etc.

2. Not Getting Advice from a Specialist

Doctor and patient.

Another mistake that may be keeping you from losing weight is not requesting the advice and opinion of a specialist. If you don’t, you’re sort of in the dark about your metabolism and the specific needs it may have.

Going to a trusted specialist can benefit you, as they could help you make a plan of action according to your current weight situation and your physiological conditions. It will guide you to reach real goals with which you can, little by little, reach your ideal weight. It’s not about the goals that magazines have told you to attain, but the goals that belong to you.

In short, going to a specialist could be one of your best investments, as it’ll save you a lot of time and energy – whether it be going to your family MD or to a nutritionist. Furthermore, consult an endocrinologist if you have special requirements.

3. Excess of Alcoholic Beverages Keeps you from Losing Weight

How many times can one decide to lose weight, but fail to modify bad habits? You may make it to your exercise class on time and make an effort to comply with your diet as best as you know how. However, you should also keep it up throughout your fun activities.

Various studies indicate that alcoholic beverages may be keeping you from losing weight. First, alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories that don’t provide any nutrients to the body. However, they do accumulate as sugar that transforms into fat.

To make matters worse, an excess of alcoholic beverages also affect performance. Consequently, they can lead to brain and nervous system disorders and deteriorate muscle tissue.

However, repression leads to perversion, and for this reason, we wouldn’t advice complete abstinence on anything. Do consume alcohol in moderation, however.

4. Lack of Exercise

Exercise often.

Medical research emphasizes that exercise is essential in order to lose weight. The reason for it is simple: our body must burn more calories than it takes in.

In order to accomplish this, keep in mind that activity regulates metabolism and that it allows us to lose the excess of fat. Moreover, there are many activities you can do, it’s only a matter of finding something that you’re passionate about.

To facilitate the process, invite someone to build a new healthy lifestyle along with you. You’ll discover that it’s easier to remain active in the company of a good partner in crime – the crime of looking fabulous and being the best you that you can be!

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