You exercise and fight off the urges to consume foods that are contrary to your diet. You count your calories and stay within your daily limits and you even have a coach to keep you on track yet the number on your scale has not gone down a single point. You’re tired and confused but before you curse the diet and the exercise regime consider these four common habits that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Breakfast is the meal that comes after a 10 to 12 hour overnight fast and thus it is important that you take time to eat your breakfast even if you don’t feel hungry. Your blood sugar levels drop overnight and when you skip breakfast you will be tempted to indulge in unhealthy snacks to boost your blood sugar levels. Take the time to eat breakfast no matter how little time you have in the morning because in the end people who do tend to consume less calories throughout the day.
Eating too quickly
With so much to do in so little time many people rush through meals in order to move on to the next task. Take the time to chew your food if you want to promote weight loss. This is important because your stomach signals to your brain that it is full and it takes at least 20 to 30 minutes for it to do so. With that in mind you should take your time so that your brain will catch up to your stomach and avoid overeating.
Not planning your meals
Don’t wait until you’re hungry to think about what you’re going to eat. When you do you will be tempted to eat whatever you can get your hands on in order to satisfy your hunger. Plan your meals in advance so your body does not pay the price for the poor choices you make when you’re too hungry to care. Planning also involves taking time to prepare those healthy meals that will benefit your body without promoting the fat.
Poor sleep habits
Believe it or not your restless nights are sabotaging your weight loss. Your low energy body craves sugar and other unhealthy foods as a pick me up after a restless night. Give your body at least 7-8 hours of rest every night and by doing so you will resist that hunger and unhealthy cravings that you get throughout the day.
If you’re holding on to any of these habits you could very well be sabotaging your weight loss. Recognize them, acknowledge them but most importantly get rid of them if you want real results and achieve your weight loss goals.