You are exercising and eating vegetables on most days of the week. When you step on the scale and the weight ratio doesn’t change - you wonder what you are doing wrong. But even with healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine, you may still make some small mistakes that can hinder weight loss and affect your results.
Here are some things you might be doing that prevent you from achieving your goals.
You Don’t Practice Portion Control
What you put on your plate matters, but healthy eating is also about being aware of how much you consume. Of course, nuts, avocados, and dark chocolates are good for your health, and they should be a regular part of your diet, but these foods are also high in calories that can prevent you from overeating to achieve your goals.
The best way to identify if you are overeating - is to write it down. Portion control cues help too: a baseball-sized ration of fruits and chopped vegetables, a golf ball for grated cheese and nuts and, a fist for pasta and rice.
You Don’t Change Your Workout Style & Follow the Same Routine
As you begin to exercise more and get into a routine, it is important to variate alternate workouts and days when doing cardio or strength training and the muscle groups you’re working on. Repeating the same workout style prepares your body to stay comfortable and not work hard to build muscle and burn those calories.
As you start to work out more and get into a regular exercise routine, you must change your workouts and alternate days when you do cardio and strength training, as well as the muscle groups you’re working on. Repeating the same workout will keep your body comfortable without working hard to burn these calories and build muscle.
Are you looking for a way to change things? Including intervals to your workout can help you burn more calories in less time. Short-term strenuous exercise burns more fat and calories. Make sure to set aside some time lifting weights during the week. Lifting weights will help you build more muscles and shed fats. Muscles are metabolically active, so it will help you burn more calories even when you are not exercising.
You Make Unrealistic Expectations
Setting long-term, realistic goals for losing weight is essential. Understandably, you want to lose as much as possible and do it as swiftly as possible. However, this can only be achieved through a strict diet plan, which is not even good for health nor good at maintaining weight after a weight loss. You will regain it completely after your diet is over. Setting realistic expectations and realizing that losing weight is a gradual process will help you stay on track and not feel disappointed or discouraged.
Some Other Common Mistakes
- You’re eating meat daily
- burn those calories and
- You’re depriving yourself of any reward
- You’re eating when you aren’t hungry
- You’re not eating adequate fruits & vegies
- You’re adding artificial sweeteners
- You’re removing carbs from your diet
- You’re skipping dessert
- You’re eating before bed
It is believed that by avoiding these mistakes, you’ll achieve your fitness goals quickly and effectively. The key is a balanced diet, staying well-hydrated, alternating workout style, and setting long-term goals. Remember, a progressive lifestyle change is more effective than a hard diet. However, health is a sufficient motive for a lifestyle change. Good luck with that!