Common weight loss mistakes
Everyone knows that losing weight is a difficult task as it requires a lot of determination and perseverance. The most important step for losing weight is by loading up on the right kind of nutrients and also consuming at the right time of the day. You may try a diet, exercise and sleep on time but you may not be as successful because you may be making mistakes you don’t even realize. Here’s how to avoid them:
02 Having a ‘light’ breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it is wholesome and nutritious. Skipping breakfast can slow down metabolism and cause certain hormonal changes. On weekends we tend to sleep late and wakeup by noon. Our fasting time increases, reducing our metabolism.
03 Not consuming enough protein
Protein helps in maintaining the muscle mass that helps keep your metabolic rate up. One should eat the right amount of protein your body needs according to your goals. On weekends we tend to load more on carbs which are detrimental to our efforts.
04 Loading up on food
We tend to binge eat on weekends which completely topples our diet. We must do this as far as one meal is concerned and not repeat it every time we eat on weekends.
05 Not exercising
The more exercise you do, the more calories you burn, boost fat loss and prevent your metabolism from slowing down. The key to weight loss is by working out in any form from dance classes and gyming to swimming and cycling. So, do not skip that on the weekend.
06 Opting low-fat foods
Consuming low-fat or “diet” foods while following a strict weight loss regime is dangerous as they are loaded with sugar, preservatives and additives to enhance the taste.
07 Not drinking enough water
According to various studies, people who drink half a litre of water half an hour before meals loses 44% more weight. Drinking water helps in managing your appetite and thirst can sometimes be confused with hunger by the body. There is no reason why you must forget this rule on weekends.
08 Portion control is the key
While it is advised to eat everything it doesn’t mean you can load up calories. Make sure you know you daily calorie intake and accordingly control you portion size.
09 Having too much sugar
When you eat a lot of sugar, the body responds by increasing insulin levels in the blood, which makes it hard for the body to flush out sodium. Sodium in the body causes water retention.
10 Controlled drinking
Alcohol is not just heavy on your liver, but is also loaded with calories and slows down your metabolism. So, drinking too much during the weekends is not at all a good idea.