You’ve been exercising most days of the week, eating much healthier meals, and have cut out your daily sneaky packet of chips, but you’re still not seeing the results you want subtitles for Monster's Eye. Where are you going wrong?
Don’t beat yourself up about it, you’re on the right track, but you could be failing on these simple weight loss and diet mistakes that a lot of people make. Take these into consideration, and you’ll almost certainly start seeing a difference – especially if you keep up all the hard work you’re already doing.
1. You’re not tracking your food intake. As much as possible, keep track of everything you eat throughout the day. You might be surprised by what and how much you eat. Snacks can be your biggest downfall, and the calories add up. If you do need to snack between meals, stick to small portions of biltong, yoghurt, nuts or fruit.
2. Your healthy options aren’t really healthy. On its own, a tortilla wrap can contain as much as 300 calories. Add fillings, dressings and other extras and your “healthy” option is anything but. By all means, enjoy a wrap every now and then, but stick to salad and grilled chicken fillings, and skip the sauce.
3. You’re avoiding all types of fat. Certain fats, like the type found in olive oil, avocados and oily fish are healthy for you. They help your body absorb vital nutrients and they keep your immune system in tip top shape. They also keep you fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to reach for the snacks. So, try and include small portions of these healthy fats in your daily diet.
4. You’re starving yourself. Crash diets, the kind where you basically eat nothing for a week, are bad news. Sure, you might lose weight quickly, but it’s only because your body goes into an emergency state and starts feeding off whatever it has in reserve. Most of the time, people who crash diet put the weight back on again, plus more some. Crash dieting and restricting your calories also slows your metabolism down to a snail’s pace. Slow metabolism = slow weight loss.
5. You’re eating more because you’re working out. When you start exercising regularly, it’s natural to want to eat more – especially after a workout. However, most people totally overestimate the amount of calories they burn, and underestimate how much they consume. In reality, you probably haven’t “earned” that rich and creamy pasta. Remember, you’re not working out just so that you can eat more, but because you’d like to lose weight and get fit.
Try changing just one of these habits each week, and see how much of a difference it makes.