So, you’ve been on your diet for a few weeks now.
You’re exercising and eating healthy every day, but something doesn’t seem right.
You aren’t getting the results you expected. Why is this?
The answer lies in little things you do on an average day that may be sabotaging your efforts.
Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Your “healthy” eating may not be healthy at all.
Drinking diet soda and eating low-carb bread doesn’t qualify for a healthy meal. These foods are just empty calories and don’t contribute to weight loss.
You need to eat foods with nutrients, real healthy food. Instead of low-carb bread, go for whole-grain bread. Replace diet soda with water.
Not only do you have to consume true healthy foods, you have to be careful with your diet decisions. If you think you are eating a light meal then your brain will produce more of a hormone called Ghrelin.
Ghrelin makes you to feel less full and causes your metabolism to slow down. To counter this effect, you have to focus on adding “treats” to your healthy meals.
For example, adding cheese and nuts to your salad, or whole grain crackers to a warm bowl of vegetable soup. This will keep your metabolism at a high.
Too much stress will hurt your chances of burning fat.
Whether it be financial, work-related, relationship, physical, even stressing about your diet can lead to an excess of cortisol being produced.
This hormone increases the amount of insulin in your blood stream, which can make you feel hungrier sooner. Now instead of being full until lunchtime you find yourself snacking on a bag of chips.
Try to take a step back from everything that’s stressing you out on a daily basis. By doing so, your body will stop producing so much cortisol, thus keeping you feeling full for as long as you should.
You are not getting enough sleep at night.
Sleep is very important while you are on a diet.
By not getting enough sleep your body turns into a fat and carb craving monster.
You need to get anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night while you are on a diet. Studies show that people who get less than 7 hours eat up to 300 extra calories the next day.
If you wake up before your alarm goes off, you can make it by with less sleep, but hitting the snooze button will require 8 plus hours of sleep to feel refreshed that day.
The best tip is to go to bed at least 7 and a half hours before you need to be up in the morning.
You aren’t exercising correctly.
Not exercising correctly is a huge mistake that people make when trying to lose weight.
Most people believe that long cardio workouts are the best fat burners, when in reality it’s not as good as they think.
Each time you complete a long cardio workout, your body adapts to it and builds a tolerance. Your body will store fat to burn for the next time you do one of these workouts. Now, when you exercise you’re only burning that reserve fat. In order to lose weight, you need to exercise more and more each time.
Try switching up your exercise routine so that your body becomes confused and stops storing that reserve fat. Add strength training into the mix, only exercise every other day, do shorter, more intense workouts.
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