Being in good shape is a great way to stay healthy. While some people want to get toned, most of us just want to lose weight and keep it off in the future. While the principle is simple – burn more calories than you consume – getting rid of those last couple kilograms can be just a nightmare. As always devil is in the details and you might not realize that you are sabotaging your own weight loss. Stop doing this ten things and your weight loss will become very easy.
1. Not enough water
Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water is the key to a healthy weight loss. One thing that many forget is to adjust the water intake to yourself and your current activity level. While 2 liters of water is a standard minimum, you should drink more if it is summer time or hot weather plus add extra water when you have intensive workouts.
2. Overestimating your activity
While evaluating daily activity, we tend to overestimate how many calories we are burning. If you think walking a dog in a park for 15 minutes will be enough, you are wrong. You need to move around every hour especially if you have a sitting job. A quick stretch in the morning and in the afternoon will improve your wellbeing and speed up weight loss.
3. Too much healthy food
Switching to healthy food is a great step toward healthier you but you should remember about calories too! Avocado, for example, has all necessary fats and is super good for you but the whole fruit is 200 calories which you usually forget. Remember to eat healthy and keep your portions reasonable.
4. No weight training
One of the top tips for weight loss is to go full steam ahead with cardio. While cardio helps you to shed off that extra fat it only works when you workout. To increase your passive calorie spend, you need to build more muscles. It doesn’t mean getting bulky but being able to do a pushup or work with your body weight.
5. Exercising while hungry
There is a myth that exercising on empty stomach will make you lose weight faster. In reality, your body starts to take energy from your muscles rather than your fat. To get the best of your workout, eat a banana or a protein bar 30-45 minutes before. This will give you energy and will promote weight loss.
6. No support from your closest friends
Committing to a lifestyle change is not the easiest thing to do. Your loved one or closest friend who doesn’t support you (bringing all the chocolate) will make it harder for you to reach your goals. Try to persuade them to stay healthy too.
7. Leaving out too much
It is useful to exclude food that has too many calories, however, you need to make sure you have enough nutrients as part of diet. Remember to include all three groups of energy sources as eliminating carbohydrates completely, for example, will make your body function worse.
8. You are too tired
Sleep is crucial to any weight loss. If you have a healthy lifestyle but don’t sleep enough, your body is just wearing off and will try to store fat as it thinks you are in critical situation. Try to find your optimum amount of sleep, this will help you to get energy for more challenging tasks.
9. Veggie out
Adding more vegetables to your diet can do miracles, however, you need to make sure you eat the right ones. While potato is technically a vegetable, you should almost exclude it from your diet if you want to get rid of fat. The more green vegetables you have, the better you feel.
10. Eating on the go
Busy life dictates how we do most things but if you want to get results, you need to revise how you eat. Eating while standing can actually make you eat more and it is also not good for your digestion. If you are busy running around, you might not notice the snacks you grab here and there. Those small bites can actually add up to significant amounts of calories.