Expert Tips: 5 Mistakes We All Make When Trying To Lose Weight

October 27, 2017

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Another summer reached its end and colder months are now arriving, but you still haven’t managed to get that summer body you crave so much. And with all the holidays (that are nothing but food festivals) coming up during fall and winter, you are probably thinking – “Oh well, I can always try again next year.”

But even though Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can indeed be mean to your body, don’t give up just yet!

All of us who are on a mission to lose weight are probably, aside from all the efforts, making certain mistakes that we aren’t even aware of. Shedding pounds can be really tricky and there are numerous habits that can hinder you and slow you down on your journey towards a healthier and slimmer you.

With that being said, here are 5 mistakes you might be making trying to lose weight.

1. Being Impatient

Before you start dieting and working towards a slimmer body, you need to learn one thing: it is a process.

Sometimes even a long, grueling one during which it often feels like you are putting in too much effort, but see little reward.

The key here is to give it enough time, and the fruits of your labor will start showing eventually.

“It’s easy to become impatient and frustrated when you’re trying to lose weight and haven’t seen the results yet,” says Dr. Luke James, the medical director at Bupa Health Clinics and an expert on losing weight. “Stick with it for at least eight weeks and you should notice a change.”

2. Not Eating Enough Protein

Protein is great for fat loss,” says Dr. James. “It helps build and preserve lean muscle tissue and can increase the amount of calories you burn. It’s also a great source of energy that helps you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to snack.”

This is why you should try swapping your carbs for protein. Instead of eating toast or cereal every morning, go with a boiled egg, or munch on some almonds during snack time instead of grabbing a bag of chips.

Protein shakes are also a healthy option.

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3. Eating Too Much Sugar And Carbs

Now that we are in the “eat less carb” area… We must know that cutting down on calories isn’t the only thing that we need to do. The key lies in holding back from carbohydrates and sugars, that’s when real weight loss begins.

“Try cutting back on the amount of simple carbohydrates you eat, like pasta and bread, and substituting for healthier alternatives like courgetti,” says James.

However, make sure you don’t cut out carbs completely. The trick is to consciously limit your carb intake and keep it in the green. And that’s where our next mistake comes in:

4. Dieting Too Much

Whatever you do, just make sure you are not crash-dieting! Changing one’s diet and food intake so suddenly and so drastically is an unhealthy and unsustainable way of trying to lose weight.

The way to go is replacing unhealthy foods with healthier options rather than cutting them out altogether.

5. Not Getting Enough Sleep

One of the most common and well-concealed mistakes we make while trying to shed some pounds is not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can have a serious effect on our weight:

“We all have two hormones that affect our appetite: ghrelin and leptin,” says Dr. James. “When we don’t get enough sleep, our ghrelin levels (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) rise, and our leptin levels (the hormone that makes us feel full) drop. This means that when we’re awake, we tend to eat more but feel less satisfied.”

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