27 Oct Not Losing Weight? 5 Things You Might be Doing Wrong
If you’re determined to lose weight, you’re not alone — the CDC estimates that more than 66% of Americans are trying to either lose weight or maintain their current weight.
But a large number of those people, unfortunately, find themselves not losing weight.
There’s a lot of bad advice out there that seems like it should work, but actually does more harm than good. If you’re trying to lose weight and not seeing results, here are five things you might be doing wrong.
1. Only Focusing On Cardio
Cardio is great for improving heart health and your lung capacity. If you’re trying to lose weight, though, it’s not enough.
You should include both cardio and weight training into your exercise routine to really see great results. Weight training increases your muscle mass and can help prevent injuries by making you stronger.
Instead of camping out on the treadmill, try lifting weights as well.
2. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Yes, you really do need your beauty rest.
Not getting enough sleep can make you more likely to gain weight. There are a number of possible explanations. You might be getting less sleep because you’re stressed, for example, which would make those pounds cling to your body.
Or maybe since you’re not sleeping enough, you’re too tired to move around frequently, let alone exercise.
Whatever the reason, make sure your head hits the pillow early enough to get a good night’s rest.
3. You Eat Low Fat Foods and You’re Not Losing Weight
For years, companies told us that fat was bad for us. It seemed to make sense on the surface — eating fat would make you fat, right?
Fat is an important macronutrient that your body needs to digest food properly. Eating enough healthy fats can help pace digestion and keep food in your stomach longer, which means you feel full.
Plus, all those low-fat foods are loaded with sugar to help them taste better. This makes them even unhealthier than they would have been with fat.
4. You’re Eating Too Much Food
A high-calorie diet is one of the main reasons people are not losing weight.
Exercise is an important piece of the puzzle, but you may be underestimating how much you need to exercise to offset your extra calories.
Portion control is an essential part of any weight loss plan.
5. You Skip Breakfast
Not eating breakfast might seem like an easy to cut calories and avoid the problem above, but it’s called “the most important meal of the day” for a reason!
If you don’t eat when you wake up, your body will hold on to more calories because it’s not getting enough nutrients. Eating breakfast regularly, on the other hand, will help to boost your metabolism.
Research has shown that people who eat breakfast every day are actually more likely to lose weight — so be sure you make time in your morning for a bite to eat.
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