The Wrong Mindset
The word “diet” has negative connotations for most people. No one really wants to sacrifice the foods they love, or feel hungry all the time. Having this sort of mentality can cause you to easily get discouraged and eventually give up.
Consider changing your mindset. Instead of thinking of your efforts as a sacrifice you have to make, turn your diet into a lifestyle change. Don’t avoid everything you love all the time. Simply eat healthy foods at every meal, and allow yourself a small indulgence once a week.
You think you’re sticking to your calorie budget, but are you really? It’s all too easy to underestimate the amount of calories you take in each day. Mindless eating (munching on chips while you watch TV, for example) is one of the ways calories can sneak up on you when trying to lose weight. Here are some other ways calories can be sneaky:
- Adding extra condiments to your meal;
- Sipping on high-calorie coffee drinks with breakfast;
- Choosing chips with your sandwich instead of veggies.
Extreme dieting may result in short-term weight loss, but it’s not a good plan for long-term health. Consuming too few calories causes your body to go into famine mode, meaning it tries to preserve fat and energy. Additionally, skipping meals makes you more likely to binge eat later, consuming more calories than you would have if you’d eaten three healthy meals.
Our culture embraces large portions – just look at any menu item at most restaurants. What some people fail to realize is that losing weight is just as much about how much you eat as it is what you eat. Moderation is the key to a successful weight loss venture. Check serving sizes on the foods you eat; these numbers may be smaller than you thought.
Not getting adequate sleep throws your hunger-regulating hormones for a loop and hurts your metabolism. This leads you to eat more and your body to burn fewer calories while resting. Basically, get plenty of shut-eye for the best weight-loss results.
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