Losing weight can seem very tough, whilst gaining it sometimes feels as though its happened overnight (we call Bull****). Before I head on a rant about how unfair it is that delicious food makes us gain weight lets get to the point of the article. A lot of people struggle to lose weight and it can be incredibly difficult to get it off not to mention it does take some time. What we might not be realising is that we are making some mistakes a long the way (because why would it be straight forward and easy, am I right?)
We’ve looked into some of the most common fat loss mistakes and we’re bringing them straight to you to help a sister out, as they would say.
A lot of people are under the perception that eating less will result in rapid weight loss but this can be a dangerous path to go down. When you skip a meal your blood sugar drops, your metabolism slows down and then you result in overeating at your next meal. Skipping a meal here or there when you’ve had a busy day isn’t as severe but constant meal skipping can result in very low energy levels and cause the weight to be much harder to shift. Instead you should be eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, more specifically eat a small meal 5 to 6 times a day to aid a healthy lifestyle.
What you may find interesting as we certainly did, fat isn’t exactly the culprit of weight gain… carbohydrates and sugar is. Foods such as healthy oils, avocado, eggs, cheese, nuts and fatty fish have some great health benefits and should be incorporated into your diet. Now we’re not saying go and feast at KFC every single night, as this isn’t the fat we are talking about (damn!). Another aspect to note here is buying foods with labels such as 97% fat free. A product can still have high levels of fat within it despite these misleading marketing ploys. Therefore make sure you are always reading the nutrition labels.
Too Focussed on Calorie Counting
How many calories to eat in a day is probably one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to losing weight. While calories are important, constantly counting them mainly leads to excessive stress. Instead focus on consuming the right ratio and amount of macronutrients throughout your day. For example 40-50% carbs, 30-40% proteins and 20% fats works a treat.
Too Focussed on Perfection
A lot of the time when people are on diets they expect to be perfect 100% of the time and then once they give in and have a cheat day, they fall completely off the wagon and turn a cheat day into a cheat week. There is so much emphasis on everything being perfect that when one thing doesn’t go to plan the whole idea is thrown out the window. The best way to tackle this is to simply pick yourself up and keep going. You are allowed to have cheat meals or even cheat days. Just make sure you go back to a healthier lifestyle straight afterwards to avoid excessive weight gain.