Have you been following your weight loss plan to the T, but aren’t seeing results? You might be unknowingly preventing your own weight loss. Check out this list to see if any of these unintentional weight loss sabotage habits apply to you.
1) Your Workouts Are Always the Same
One of the biggest weight loss killers when it comes to exercise is a workout that’s stuck in a rut. If your exercise plan always consists of 30 minutes on the treadmill and a circuit on the weight machines, try mixing it up with an alternative form of cardio like rowing or biking, and target different muscles in your lifting regime. Try out interval training, too, if you usually do your cardio workout at a consistent pace.
2) You Diet Obsessively
All or nothing dieting doesn’t really work in the long run. Sure, it’s good to pay attention to what you eat, but denying yourself the occasional treat just makes you want it more – and you’ll probably eat more of that cake later if you don’t let yourself have a bite or two now.
Likewise, a strict diet with no wiggle room is a diet, not a lifestyle change, which is what you really need if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
3) You Skip Breakfast
Cutting out a meal means you’re cutting out calories, right? Well, yes, but you’re doing yourself more harm than good in the long run. By skipping out on your morning meal, you’re setting yourself up for increased hunger and snacking later to make up for the lost calories.
Plus, because your blood sugar levels will be low, you’ll be more likely to go for sugary treats to keep you alert and energized, rather than healthier snacks like nuts and veggies.
4) You Rely on “Diet Food”
Frozen meals marketed by a weight loss companies can be easier and healthier alternatives to stopping at the drive-thru on your way home, but relying on them too much can put a dent in your weight loss progress. Pre-packaged meals and other processed foods, “diet” branded or not, are still higher in sodium content and lower in nutrients than whole, unprocessed foods.
If you’re pressed for time, try spending one evening per week cooking up freezable meals that are high in natural ingredients like lean protein and antioxidant-packed veggies.
5) You’re Not Eating Enough
While a main tenet of many diets is “eat less,” be careful not to eat too little. We humans have not quite evolved to the point of being able to separate intentional weight loss from hunting and gathering failure, so when your body doesn’t get enough calories, it goes into survival mode.
Not eating enough calories can make your body hold onto more fat in an attempt to help you survive the famine, and it also means that you’re not getting enough nutrients to supply your body with all the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy function.