Sometimes, it can seem like losing weight is the hardest thing to do in the world. You are watching your calories, you cut out fast food, you even revamped your whole diet and your exercise routine. But, for some reason, the scale has not budged not even a little bit.
If this sounds familiar to you keep reading…
You may be hindering your progress by following misguided even outdated information. I will be the first to tell you that I have been there myself and that is okay because we all have made mistakes but, when it comes to fat loss, you don’t have to!
I have compiled 5 fat loss mistakes we all have made when trying to lose weight and can possibly be the reason you’re not reaching your weight loss goals.
Not eating enough fiber. Bacteria live in your gut, primarily in the large intestine since fiber does not get digested this is where the fiber feeds friendly gut bacteria that digest it and turn it into usable energy.
Not eating enough protein. When you don’t ingest enough protein. Your body reduces lean body mass and muscle strength. Your body can also get muscle cramping, weakness, and soreness. When you are not getting enough protein your body will also start taking protein from muscle tissue and use it as energy.
Not exercising. If you don’t exercise or add activity to your daily life you will become deconditioned. Your muscles will then weaken. Not getting enough physical activity can lead to heart disease.
Eating too many calories. To lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit by either eating less or burning more by exercising. Your body uses calories for energy. But, consuming too many and not burning enough by exercising can lead to weight gain.
Only focusing on the scale. Most of us associate our weight directly to our caloric intake, which puts too much focus on the scale that can lead to you placing too much emphasis on food. Stop focusing on the scale and start measuring progress with what really matters! Your shape and body fat levels have changed far more than what the scales are showing you.
We all mistakes, that is just the human in us. But, understanding what causes the weight loss plateau, will help you decide how to respond and avoid hindering your new healthy habits.
The content in this article is not medical advice and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet.
Guest Blogger: Lynette McCutcheon
Our guest blogger Lynette McCutcheon is a mother of 3. She is also a Health and Weight Loss Coach Specialized in the Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis, and Intermittent Fasting. She is also the founder of her own coaching business, “Down By Linitas Way” which is a community that helps empower women through support and motivation. Her desire and goal are to help women live healthier lifestyles in hopes that others will be inspired to join the movement.