Sometimes the best intentions of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle can be sabotaged by unnoticeable mistakes. Those mistakes are unnoticeable because they become habits. Habits that we adopt and that keep us from getting any results. We go on repeating them, the weight stays on, sometimes goes up, and we remain clueless asking ourselves “What in the world am I doing wrong?”. Listed below are the 8 common mistakes I see when people are trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle
Reducing your food intake, Increasing Workouts
Doing more than 45 minutes of intensive workout, and living on salads only is a perfect recipe to MESS UP your metabolism. You need food to have the energy to workout hard. Start working smart by eating clean. More workout is not better because your body requires time to repair, and intense daily cardio will only result in you losing the weight temporarily to gain it back rapidly.
Going on a low carb diet , lower than it should be
Low carb diets can set you up for colossal failure. You spend weeks limiting your carb and damaging your body and when you finally give in you literally pig out. Carbs are essential to provide you the energy needed to make the best out of your workout and help your muscle fibers repair post workout.
Guesstimating how much you really eat
The best way to know what you are eating and how much you are trully eating is to write it down. Guesstimating is a recipe for failure 100% of the time. Even eating too much good food proves to be counterproductive when you are trying to lose weight. Get a journal and keep track of what you put in your mouth.
Switching from one diet to another
Starting diet A to switch to B and C within weeks is another way to MESS UP your metabolism. You don’t want to mess it up because in some cases it can takes years to repair and you will end up carrying extra weight against your will. Pick a healthy plan, preferably tailored to you – no cookie cutters – and stick with it for at least 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on the results, adjust the same plan accordingly.
You’ve heard it growing up and still hear it today “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You won’t drive your car for miles on an empty gas tank. So having breakfast in the morning, a healthy one, is your way of starting your engine energetically for the day. If not, you will find yourself eating more than you wanted to close to bedtime.
Eating too much sugar and/or carbs.
When your daily nutrition consists mainly of carbs and high sugar food, you only want to eat more carbs and more sugar throughout the day. Pretty soon it becomes like an addiction. Make sure that at least 3 of your meals consists of vegetables, carbs and protein. Your daily fiber intake should also be at at least 20 grams a day. Consuming enough protein and fiber will keep you satisfied and away from overeating carbs and loading on sugar.
Being a Monday starter and Thursday quitter.
You’ve been bad all weekend and you decide that Monday you will start over, this time for real. You are dedicated to lose the weight. By Thursday, there is a party at your job – Cake anyone? – you eat out with a friend, you boss pissed you off and you fall off the wagon from Thursday until Sunday. Monday morning, the cycle starts all over again. After a few weeks you suffer from selective memory and claim “I don’t know what I am doing wrong because nothing seems to be working for me.” Stick with the plan and press through when you face temptation. Resisting the temptation so many times will become a habit and the next time it will be much easier for you to say “Thanks but no Thanks.”
Repeating far too much “I know what to do..”
You’ve been on a diet for more than a few months now and you pretty much look, weigh and feel the same. In your conversations with friends on what you should be doing to start getting some results, you say to them “I know what to do, to lose the weight.” Clearly, you have been doing it for a long time and it’s not working. Stop the insanity, humble yourself and get help that works.
Fortunately you can have victory over those bad choices by getting the help that you know you need. Higher a trainer, cook your own food, journal your food or simply get on Isagenix’ 30-day plan where it’s all laid out for you to succeed.
So – What do you think? Have you made any of these mistakes? What other mistake would you like to add to the list?