You may be among many who have attempted to lose weight many times yet remain unsuccessful. You might be thinking, "If only I had the secret!" If you are frustrated, take a look at why weight loss comes difficult. Here are ten pitfalls that slow down or halt the process:
1. Fat Overload. We need protein, but often the sources of our protein are also sources of fat. Fat has nine calories per gram. It is wise to choose foods with unsaturated fat and eat cleaner proteins, such as soy products and whey protein powders.
2. Sugar Overload. By eating candy, cookies, and breakfast pastries, and drinking juice, we tend to consume a lot of empty calories, which digest very quickly in our bodies. The excess gets stored as fat. It is better to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings with fruit.
3. Water Deficit. Water is a miracle nutrient. It can help us to lose weight. Many times we feel hunger pangs and think we are hungry, but our bodies are really telling us that we are thirsty. Water satisfies our cravings and makes us feel fuller.
4. Soda Pop Overload. Many people try to quench their thirst with soda pop. This contributes to the many empty calories that we consume each day. And why put all those chemicals in your body anyway? Switch to water.
5. Alcohol Overload. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. One 12 oz. bottle of beer has 180 calories. A 24 ounce beer has 360 calories. Your body will break down alcohol calories before it breaks down carbs, fat, or protein. Drinking only one serving a day and counting those as calories is very important.
6. Condiment Overload. It is really important to count condiments in your calorie counting. How much mayonnaise or catchup are you putting on your chicken sandwich? Yes, and pickles have calories, too.
7. Meal Deficit. It is a whole lot more fun to eat six times a day then three times a day. Eating more often raises the metabolism and improves digestion, because we consume less food at a time and are able to eat more in 24 hours.
8. Skipping breakfast. Never skip breakfast. You may be eating less food, but you are also slowing down your metabolism. Who wants to drag all day?
9. Burning too few calories. It is difficult to lose weight by only dieting. Exercise is essential. So get on those running shoes and go for a thirty-minute walk every day. Weight training can also really accelerate your weight loss efforts.
10. Lack of goal setting. Weight loss takes time. One should lose only 2 pounds per week at most. It is therefore important to set short-term and long-term goals so that you can celebrate as you reach milestones and continue this lifelong journey.