When it comes to diet and exercise, it’s frustrating not to see the results of all your hard work when you step on the scale. Here are a few habits you may want to consider changing if you’re spending hours at the gym but can’t seem to lose weight.
GOING ON A STRICT DIET
Quick-fix diets, including restrictive diets, don’t work. It takes time, hard work, and a change in your habits. Focus on sticking to a balanced diet that is sustainable rather than striving for perfection.
Over doing your workouts can actually lead to diminished strength and increased body fat, which is a way of your body asking for a break. Instead of over-exercising, be consistent with your workouts. Also, keep in mind that exercise alone has never been shown to cause weight loss – what you eat matters more.
NOT GETTING ENOUGH SUN
While sunlight itself cannot directly cause you to lose weight, its positive effects on your body may provide benefits that can help boost your weight loss efforts.
GLUTEN FREE, NATURAL FOODS
Buyer beware! Foods labeled “gluten-free” and “natural” are likely to be processed. Both terms do not equal healthy.
EATING WHILE STRESS
When you’re stressed, your body produces more cortisol, a hormone that causes cravings for carbs, sugar, and fatty foods.
NEVER ALLOWING YOURSELF TO GET HUNGRY
Research shows that abstaining from food from 12-40 hours can benefit overall health and even slow down the aging process.
It is extremely important to follow directions on the label of any vitamins and supplements you may be taking.
HAVING TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
It’s important to remember that even healthy foods, such as nuts, olive oil, and avocados are extremely high in calories, and can lead to weight gain.
Since you never really know what you’re eating when dining out, it’s important to limit how many times you eat or order out.
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