It’s a universal truth that weight loss is a difficult process that takes dedication and the right mindset, but sometimes even that doesn’t seem to be enough to help you shed those extra pounds. It can be frustrating to feel like you’re not making any progress in your weight loss journey, but before you take any drastic measures to alter your lifestyle check this out! You could be doing these simple, but unhealthy things, that are hindering your ability to lose weight. Here are some factors that affect weight loss and easy ways to fix them.
You Have Unhealthy Sleeping Habits
What they say is true: better sleep at night will help you avoid gaining extra pounds. When you’re not getting enough sleep at night, or you’re having a fitful, restless sleep, you’ll spend the day suffering from a lack of energy that could cause you to reach for something sugary and caffeinated to keep yourself awake. Although it may keep you energized long enough to finish that project at work, it’s only leading to more empty calories and contributing to your unhealthy sleep cycle, which is in turn also making your metabolism slower.
Fortunately, kicking your bad sleep habits isn’t as difficult as you may think! By turning off your phone, TV, or other electronics an hour so before bedtime you’ll make it easier for yourself to fall asleep on time—and stay asleep. If you’re having problems sleeping through the night it could be because you’re taking naps during the day. Cut out the naps and replace them with a cold glass of water or a brisk walk outside and you’ll find yourself sleeping longer and more peacefully in no time.
You’re Taking in Too Many Calories
It may seem too obvious, but don’t brush it off. Studies show you may be taking in more calories than you actually realize. If you’re not accurately aware of how many calories you’re taking in you can’t be sure you’re expending as much as you need to.
All it takes to fix this problem is paying closer attention to what’s in the foods you’re digesting. Try counting calories, whether on your own or with the help of an app, to make absolutely sure you’re not going over (or severely under) what your ideal caloric intake should be. It’s not something you have to do for the rest of your life either, but just long enough to get an idea of how much you should be eating of what each day. After a while, you won’t even need an app to know whether you’ve hit your limit or not. Two free apps you might want to try are Yazio Calorie Counter or My Fitness Pal.
You’re Eating Too Much
You might think it’s okay to graze as long as it’s not on sugary, fatty junk foods, but you’re wrong. Eating too much of anything is not good for your body, even the food is considered healthy. Too many calories are too many calories regardless of whether it’s coming from a chocolate bar or a bowl of fruit. By binge eating even healthy foods you may be jeopardizing your diet and you’ll end up paying for it later.
If you find yourself snacking too much one of the easiest things you can do for yourself is to drink a glass of water instead the next time you get the urge to munch on something. Water will make you feel full and stop you from putting extra calories in your body. If water doesn’t do it for you, though, try chewing gum. Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum will keep your mouth busy without having to worry about wrecking your diet.
You’re Just Expecting Too Much
There is no magical, cure-all diet when it comes to weight loss. You’re not going to wake up after a day or even a week of dieting and find that you’ve somehow lost 20 pounds. Weight loss is a long process that should be more about fixing your eating habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life rather than a way to lose as much as possible as fast as possible. That being said, it can still be very discouraging to see that the scale hasn’t changed much even when it feels like it should have.
Fixing these habits is all about changing your mindset. Losing weight is a long-term goal and results aren’t instantaneous. Good things come to those who wait. It takes work and dedication and it can take a long time, a lot longer than you may want, but in the end, maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be what it’s all about. You may never look like the models or the athletes in magazines, but there’s nothing wrong with that. All that matters is that you’re healthy and comfortable with your own body.
Do any of these habits sound familiar to you? Let me know what you think in the comments below.