Although you follow a fitness routine and you often eat healthier foods, you may not be seeing the weight drop off the way you had expected (perhaps wish).
While exercising more and eating healthier foods in themselves are very beneficial to your overall optimal health, it can be extremely frustrating to not see the weight-scale tipping in your favor. If this is you, there is a very good possibility that one of the following reasons is standing in the way of you losing weight and get more fit.
You DON’T DRINK WATER (or enough water)
Besides keeping you hydrated, drinking water (or Yoli products) on the regular can aid with weight loss. Drinking water before a meal helps encourage portion control, and eating foods that contain larger amounts of water (e.g, fruits and vegetables) will fill you up faster, causing you to eat less. Drinking cool water can speed up metabolism and discourage cravings for sugary drinks like soda and juice. Ding! Ding!! Stay Hydrated!!!
You Eat Too Much Healthy Foods
Nuts, avocados, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and dark chocolate are all natural and healthy, but they also hold a calorie count. You still need to watch how much you eat of the “goodness”. For example, avocado offers a ton of health benefits, but a single one avocado fruit is well over 200 calories.
You Only Do “Cardio”
If you live on the treadmill or elliptical but never lift a pound, then you are missing out on one of the most important pieces of the fitness recipe. Not only does weight training prevent injury by strengthening the joints, but also builds muscle mass resulting in a increased metabolic rate. Don’t forget about the caloric “afterburn” following your workout.
You Exercise on a Empty Tank
If you workout regularly on a empty stomach you should reconsider. When you are work out on a empty tank, the calories burned come from muscle and not fat. The more muscle mass you have, the better in-rate-of weight loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat. Not only will fueling your body help you avoid losing muscle, it will allow you to have more energy to push through your Grind of a workout.
You Don’t Sleep Enough
Making time for your workouts can mean less time for sleep. It is very important to get your proper amount of shut-eye to lose weight. You need extra energy to keep up with your routine. Skipping out on sleep can affect your body’s ability to control appetite. Not having enough sleep increases the hormones that stimulate appetite.
You Don’t Eat Enough Vegetables
Eating five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day is important for all. Dieter who go heavy on the produce are more likely to lose and keep the weight off, since a plant-based diet offers a greater variety of nutrients with fewer calories. Sound easy, right? Can’t forget the tons amount of fiber that keeps the body fuller longer (and poo-ing).
You Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to save calories, but your body will actually hold on to fat because it thinks you are starving it. Keep in mind that people who eat breakfast regularly lose more weight, so to jump- start your metabolism, do Not skip it! Try choosing something with fiber to keep you feeling full and a protein to give you sustainable energy throughout the day.
You Are Always Eating Out
Visiting your favorite restaurant is a great way to unwind or catch up with friends, but we’re more likely to indulge in large portion-sized meals complete with appetizers, beverage of choice, fried foods and dessert. Calorie counts are also a mystery, since so many foods are labeled incorrectly or not at all. If you are not looking to give up your nights out on the town, then split a meal with a friend. Chances are the portion size of the meal may serve more than one individual. Try healthy options like salads without dressing or light vinaigrette, grilled chicken/fish and try your best to sip water rather than wine……remember there are 129 calories per glass of white wine and 119 calories for red. Keep Grind’N!!