You’ve worked so hard for the last two weeks, but you haven’t seen the scale budge! It can be so discouraging when this happens.
I wrote this blog about common pitfalls that can occur when trying to lose weight.
It takes a lot of time and effort to get that lean and fit body that you so desperately covet, but looking and feeling healthy is so worth it.
I hope this blog provides you with the information you need to change up your weight loss plan.
5. You Need A Lot More Patience
Weight loss takes a lot of time. Even if you’re eating 500 calories less than normal each day, you’re only going to lose one pound per week.
Weighing yourself too often can derail you. There are many factors to consider before stepping on the scale, such as whether or not you’ve gone to the bathroom or how much water you’ve consumed.
If you weigh yourself and don’t see the numbers moving right away, don’t freak out. This is normal.
It’s going to be a long journey, so be patient and give it time.
4. Calorie Deficit
If you’re not eating in a calorie deficit, you will not lose weight.
You can sweat for hours each day, but if you don’t change your diet, you’re not going to see results.
Measure your food and control your portions so you don’t accidentally add heaping portions without thinking.
Eating slowly can help you eat less. Instead of gobbling it all up, pause during your meals. Put your fork down a few times. Chew each bite of food thoroughly and slowly.
However, odon’t restrict your calories too much. You’ll end up binging at some point and run the risk of sending your body into starvation mode.
3. Resistance Training
Cardio is great, but lifting weights will actually burn calories outside of the gym.
Your muscles are stretching and growing after your workout. The rate of your metabolism will speed up, which is another added bonus.
Try out a TRX band or a kettle bell. You will lose fat as well as grow your muscles, giving you a lean and toned appearance.
All calories are not created equal. A bag of potato chips may be around 150 calories while an avocado is 234 calories.
Still, you’re storing a healthy type of monounsaturated fatty acid when you eat the avocado. It will most likely keep you full and satiated.
When you eat chips you’re storing unhealthy fat and sodium. If you eat processed junk food often, you’re running the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases.
You’re negating all of your dieting efforts if you frequently indulge in addictive processed foods. Cooking your own meals and preparing ahead of time are healthy habits that help keep you on track and away from garbage food.
If you’re not seeing the scale moving, it begs the question, “Why are you doing this in the first place?”
If you’re only trying to lose vanity weight, you will probably give up after a few days or weeks. If health is your main motivator, you’ll stick with a nutritious diet and active lifestyle for life.
Try to reevaluate your motivations when considering losing weight.
These are a handful of common mistakes that dieters often make.
Eat in a calorie deficit, but don’t restrict your calories too much. Incorporate resistance training into your exercise regimen, reflect on your motivations, be patient, and cook nutritious meals.
I wish you luck on your weight loss journey. Believe in yourself!