In the beginning of a weight-loss journey, you’re probably going to go in guns blazing. But, that might be to your detriment and here’s why …
Losing weight often comes down to the simple-sounding formula of burning more calories that you take in. Seems simple enough: eat less and move more, right?
But anyone who has tried this approach for weight loss will know that it is a lot harder than you think. Everyone who tries to lose weight will bump their heads along the way, and each one of us is guaranteed to make these mistakes on the road to a slimmer waist.
Scarier still, is that most of the time we don’t even realise that we are doing it.
I compiled a list of the top whoopsies that we are all guilty of when trying to shed fat:
1. Overdoing the protein treats
Protein is essential for a well-balanced diet, but when you overdo it, the excess is stored as fat. Even when we are following a strict diet, we tend to grab high-protein shakes and bars as the treat we long for, but these aren’t as guilt-free as we think.
These bars are sugary and loaded with extras to get them tasting as yummy as they do, so it pays to be picky when choosing your protein snack.
Rather opt for a fresh alternative when the need for a snack strikes, like nuts, seeds or fresh fruit. These natural alternatives are perfect for quelling the mid-afternoon craving without the guilt.
2. Skimping on the veg
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of having your recommended 2,5 cups of fresh veg each day. Yes, you should be eating vegetables with each meal to get the recommended burst of nutritious goodness into your diet.
Sometimes, something as simple as adding tomato to your breakfast, or an extra cup of greens to you dinner makes all the difference
I like to eat all the colours of the rainbow, so make sure you stock up on vegetables that add colour to your plate too.
3. Rushing your weight loss
Rome wasn’t built in a day and weight isn’t lost overnight. Many people drop quite a few kilograms in the first few weeks of their programme, but that is water weight and cutting out carbs. It is known as an artificially high-drop which peters out eventually.
Once the initial bulk of your weight is off, your weight loss will slow down, but don’t be despondent – it’s all part of the process.
Don’t climb off the wagon entirely, or assume that you need to starve yourself for results. You haven’t stopped losing weight and you don’t need to resort to drastic measures to lose weight again – just trust the process.
Post first appeared on All4Women.