10 Most common weight loss mistakes everybody makes…

10 Most common weight loss mistakes everybody makes…

  1. Being sleep-deprived.
    You should be getting at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your blood sugar and insulin levels go up, along with your stress hormone levels! All of this can cause food cravings, becoming hungry, and insulin resistance.

  2. Using a workout session as an excuse to eat.
    Eating whatever you want after a workout because you’ve “earned it” is simply an excuse that will get in the way of your weight-loss efforts. Rather plan your meals in accordance with your workout routine: Eat a healthy meal before your workout to use as fuel, then have a healthy snack afterwards for recovery.

  3. Having unresolved thyroid issues.
    Thyroid problems are some of the most undiagnosed problems that can prevent weight loss. If your thyroid function is not working right, it can have a massive impact on your metabolism, which can hinder weight loss even if you are following a healthy lifestyle.

  4. Eating too much sugar without even knowing It.
    You might have cut out all the obvious sources of sugar like cake, cookies, doughnuts, and candy; but what about the sneaky sugar? Oftentimes there is sugar in foods where you’d least expect it. Yoghurt, smoothies, and “healthy” snacks are often jam-packed with hidden sugars and can cause you to struggle with weight-loss.

  5. Being stressed out.
    Being under constant stress releases high amounts of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. This can break down muscle mass, and also cause you to crave sweets and unhealthy foods. High cortisol levels also lower stomach acid, which makes it difficult to digest food effectively.

  6. Training too hard.
    However difficult this might be to get your head around, there is actually such a thing as training too hard. This often happens when you overdo a certain type of exercise, like cardio. It is best to stick to interval training, as this helps you maintain shorter, more powerful training sessions.

  7. Not eating enough fat.
    Contrary to what many people believe, fat does not make you fat – that is if you are eating the right fats! Healthy fats like the ones found in avocado, fish, farm butter, coconut oil, and olive oil are great for your body and its functions and can help you lose weight.

  8. Not getting enough vitamin D.
    Vitamin D is actually a pro-hormone that helps with many of the body’s functions and without it, you can’t burn fat. Eat plenty of vitamin D-rich foods like salmon, sardines and cow’s milk.

  9. Eating too late.
    Eating too close to bedtime can be a weight-loss killer since your body has to store all of the energy from the food as fat seeing that it is not able to use it for any sort of activity. Make sure that you eat or snack no later than 3 hours before you go to bed.

  10. Yo-yo dieting
    Hopping on and off of the latest diet fads might help you lose a few quick kilograms, but in the long run, the weight does not stay off, and you might actually end up gaining weight. A healthy, sustainable lifestyle is the way to go for successful weight loss.

 

What can I do to boost weight loss efforts?

 

Diet:

To lose weight the healthy way, you need to reduce sugar and starch in your diet. 

 

Exercise: 

Get into a healthy exercise routine where you get active for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Apart from helping you to lose weight, exercise release endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine which are “feel-good” hormones.