Many people set new year’s resolutions and goals to lose weight. However, losing weight can seem to be a difficult task. You may believe that you’re doing it correctly, but you’re still not seeing results. Following erroneous or out-of-date advice might potentially slow down your advancement. Today, we will explore some common weight loss mistakes that are slowing you down in terms of your fitness goals.
1. Harping too hard on numbers
Despite being disciplined and sticking to your diet, you seem to see no difference when it comes to the number that is reflected on the weighing scale. This is where many people are mistaken. Losing weight and keeping healthy is more than just the number you see on the weighing scale.
Several factors affect weight, including fluid retention level and the amount of food left in your system. Furthermore, over the course of a day, your weight will vary and fluctuate according to how much food and liquid you’ve consumed.
In addition, if you’ve been working out, you may be gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time. So, even if the numbers on the scale remain unchanged, you may be losing body fat! So keep up your routine and diet!
2. Eating only “diet” food
People who are trying to lose weight often look to low-fat or diet foods for their daily meals. However, such food items are usually heavily processed. In other words, they are often highly loaded with sugar to make up for the lack of flavour and taste. Furthermore, instead of keeping you full, low-fat products are likely to make you hungrier, so you end up eating even more.
So, when planning your diet, choose a combination of nutritious, minimally processed foods.
3. Loading on fruit juice
It is common that people cut out sugary drinks like soft drinks and sweetened iced coffee from their diet when trying to lose weight. However, many of these same people turn to fruit juices, with the misconception that they are making the healthier choice.
Unfortunately, we have to burst your bubble here. 100% fruit juice is loaded with sugar and may lead to health and weight problems just like those caused by sugar-sweetened beverages.
If you stop consuming sugar-sweetened drinks but keep drinking fruit juice, you’ll also consume a lot of sugar and consume more calories overall. So, as counterintuitive as it sounds, cut out the fruit juice from your daily diet. Opt for drinking water instead!
Being on a weight loss journey is already tough, stressful, and daunting. But with the tons of articles out there that preach quick and sure-fire ways to lose weight, it can get confusing. Don’t be fooled by some misconceptions and avoid the mistakes that were mentioned in this article and you’ll be well on your way to lose some weight! Remember to stay safe, and stay healthy!