Why Aren’t You Losing Weight? 4 Self-Sabotaging Habits You Need To BreakPosted: Apr 07 in WLCNY News by Staff
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might think you have things under control. When you realize you’re not seeing any results, but you might be confused about why. Here are four self-sabotaging habits you should break if you’re serious about losing weight.
- You assume you can eat anything because you workout. Many people fall into the trap of thinking they can eat anything because they hit the gym. Even if you workout, run, or walk daily, you still need to practice good eating habits. Exercise only burns so many calories. It also revs your metabolism, but neither of these facts is enough to allow you a fast food meal after every workout. Working out is not a free pass to eat as much carbs or cake as you want. If your goal is weight loss, you need to focus both on moving your body and eating well. Portion control is your friend when it comes to food. Learn to read labels and become knowledgeable about how much fat and calories are in the foods you eat. Ignorance is not bliss when you’re trying to lose weight.
- You reward or comfort yourself with food. If you are proud of yourself for losing three pounds in a week, and then reward yourself with food, this is self-sabotage. It doesn’t matter how healthy the food is. You don’t want your brain and body to get used to this behavior. You may have been raised that every time you do something well, you were rewarded with a treat. If you took this behavior with you into adulthood, it could be the cause of your weight gain and the reason you’re still not losing. Never reward yourself or comfort yourself with food. Find other ways to deal with your emotions and decide if you really need to be rewarded for everything you do.
- You drink your calories. When you’re trying to lose weight, water should be your number one beverage of choice. It has no calories and it will keep you feeling full, which will help you to consume fewer calories. It will increase your energy levels and help to aid in digestion. You can have other drinks, but make sure you limit them. Sodas should be strictly forbidden as they are full of sugar. If you drink coffee, avoid specialty coffees and be aware of how much cream and sugar you add to any coffee you make. If you find water boring, try adding lemon, lime, or other fruits. When you replace most of your non-water water beverages with water, you’ll see the results.
- You give up too soon. It would be great if you saw results after a few days. It would be encouraging if after one day of eating well, your pants were looser. Unfortunately, that’s not how weight loss works. You might not see a change on the scale for a week or two. It can be discouraging. Remember it took time to put the weight on, so it will take time to take it off. When you don’t see results as fast as you think you should, don’t quit what you’re doing. Keep at it and the results will come. If you quit every time you don’t get what you want, you’re just going to have to restart again and again. Losing weight shouldn’t be a month-long attempt to fit into a dress for a wedding. It should be a lifestyle change.
Losing weight isn’t easy. It requires dedication and lifestyle habits changes. If you want it bad enough, you can succeed.