You’ve been on a diet for weeks and have not lost weight like you thought you would. Our certified personal trainers think it may be because you’re consuming more calories than you think. Keep reading to discover seven tricky habits that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Mistake #1: Forgetting Liquid Calories
It’s easy to forget that the beverages you drink have calories. Some more than you’d think. In fact, some beverages have more calories than an entire meal. It is estimated that around 20 percent of your daily calories come from what you drink. For calories’ sake, it’s best to avoid all sweetened sodas and teas, and sweetened or flavored coffee drinks. Replace these high-calorie drinks with water, skim milk, and unsweetened herbal tea. While they taste great, liquids generally don’t satisfy hunger, so they are just empty calories.
Mistake #2 Meal Skipping
Many dieters think they’ll cut their calorie intake by skipping a meal. This is usually breakfast. Research has shown that those who skip breakfast actually weigh more than those who eat three meals a day. Our personal trainers in New York believe skipping a meal usually causes you to eat more calories during the day. You will end up eating more food later in the day because you’re so hungry. It is important to eat three meals or five small meals a day. A healthy breakfast that will keep you feeling full all morning contains high fiber and nutrients.
Mistake #3: Oversized Portions
Portion control is a vital part of a successful weight loss and weight management. Remember that your stomach, like your heart, is the size of your fist. A cup represents the size of your fist. It is important to think about portion sizes when eating out. To eat a little less, use smaller plates and eat slower so you know when you’re full. Method Fitness’s celebrity personal trainers want you to remember that portion control also applies to healthy foods, as they, too, contain calories.
Mistake #4: Too Many Extras
Most people believe that by selecting a salad, they are making a healthy choice. Be aware of adding extras to your salad. One tablespoon of dressing contains 75 to 100 calories. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that some grilled-chicken salads can have more calories than a hamburger. You want to find a good balance of healthy food ingredients, without adding too many unwanted calories.
Mistake #5: Blaming Your Genes
Many people give up on dieting or think there’s no hope when it comes to meeting their goal weight because of their genes. Just like you may share your father’s hair color or your mother’s eye color, there is a small chance you also share your parent’s body type. This is no excuse for doing nothing about trying to lose weight. Like our in-home personal trainers say, stick to your diet and exercise plan and you should definitely see results.
Mistake #6: Eating Without Thinking
It happens to everyone. You’re tired after a long day and you just want to veg in front of the television or read a good book. Unfortunately, mindless eating is often involved. You may think that since the food is not on a plate it doesn’t matter. Every bite you take counts. When it comes to a successful diet, make rules for appropriate times to eat. You should not always feel the need to eat when relaxing. Try sipping on water or tea, or even chewing gum.
Mistake #7: Eliminating All Treats
Dieters often become overzealous in their plan and completely rid the house of all the food they enjoy. This commitment may last a few days until you can’t tolerate it any longer. This can lead you to overindulge on what you deprived yourself of. It’s easy to only focus on the foods that you’re not supposed to eat when on a diet. By changing your focus to all the foods that you are able to freely eat, you’ll stay motivated and stick with it. Remember that everyone makes mistakes. Our certified personal trainers believe you should think smart and don’t let these common pitfalls keep you from meeting your weight loss goal!
Reach your fitness potential faster by coupling your good diet with a challenging exercise program. Our certified personal trainers in New York are here to motivate, instruct and encourage you to reach your fitness goals.
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