BeautyHeaven have pinpointed a few reasons why you not be losing those extra kilos…
So you’ve decided that you’re finally going to lose that weight you’ve wanted to shift for ages. You’re exercising more, you’ve changed your eating habits – you’re even body brushing every day, too.
You must be looking pretty great then, right? Oh you’re not? Well there are a few reasons why all your hard work might not be paying off, but don’t you worry, as soon as you can identify them, you’ll avoid all possible weight loss mistakes and be able to achieve your goals faster! So if, you’re finding that your weight doesn’t seem to be shifting like it should, it could be because…
You’re consuming more than you’re burning
It’s important to realise that just because you’ve ‘upped’ your exercise doesn’t mean you can eat more and expect to lose weight too. It may sound quite straightforward, but you need to be working off more calories than you’re consuming. If you don’t want to change your diet too drastically, try swapping a few of your regular foods for those with less calories. It can be as simple as swapping your morning cappuccino for a lovely cup of tea.
You’re eating hidden sugars
Uh oh! Those dastardly dreaded hidden sugars, hitting you where you least expect it! Foods like (some) pasta sauces, salad dressings and breakfast cereals are known to incorporate hidden sugars, and should be eaten in moderation – or at the very least factored into your daily sugar intake. If you do opt for one of these foods, be sure to get moving that day so that the sugars don’t have the chance to turn into the bad kind of fats.
You’ve cut out all carbohydrates
As I’m sure you know, including lots of protein into your diet is a great way to get health conscious and begin the weight loss journey, but a completely carb-free diet can be counter productive. This is because carbohydrates are an essential energy source for vital organs, so cutting them out of your diet can often result in lack of energy, which means you’re less likely to exercise as intensely and burn fat as efficiently. Ditching all carbs may also mean you’re missing out on essential nutrients that help your body function properly – and a body that functions properly means a metabolism that works to its optimum! Consuming good carbohydrates (like whole grains) will allow your body to get the energy it needs without the added fat. Combining these foods into your diet with fruits, vegetables and legumes and a solid exercise routine will provide you with the best results.
You’re skipping meals
People often think that skipping meals is a great way to balance out not doing any exercise and will help them lose weight – but it can definitely backfire! Missing meals will throw your metabolism out of whack, and chances are you’ll also tend to eat more (or grab a convenient yet high-fat or high-sugar snack) later on because you’re starving. The best thing to do is keep your energy levels consistent, which will in turn keep your metabolism functioning round the clock, which aids effective weight loss. To do this, start the day with a balanced, low-GI breakfast and follow it with 4-5 portion-controlled meals throughout the day.
What are your best tips for successful weight loss?
Written by Olivia, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.
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