Are you dieting and exercising and still cannot lose as much weight as you’d hope? You might be making one (or more) of these common mistakes:
Getting too many calories from your drinks.
Even if you pay close attention to what you eat, you might not be doing the same with your drinks. For example, did you know a can of Coke has more calories than 10 Butterfingers BB’s? Or that a Java Chip Cappuccino from Starbucks contains 600 calories –80 calories more than a Quarter Pound with Cheese from McDonald’s? If you want to spend your weight loss, start cutting down on liquid calories.
Did you think avoiding breakfast or lunch will result in more weight lost? Think again. Skipping meals affects your blood sugar levels, leading to increased hunger, cravings for carbohydrates and insulin resistance. All of these are bad for weight loss. So instead of skipping meals, eat more times a day, but choose smaller meals. This keeps hunger at bay and fights cravings.
Eating while watching TV – or surfing the internet
Why? Because you’re too distracted to keep track of what you’re eating, so you might end up eating too much. One way to avoid this is to serve your usual portion into a bowl, rather than bringing a full bag or container of food with you to the couch. That way you don’t have to pay attention to how much you’re eating, but once it’s finished, it’s finished.
Thinking you can eat more because you’re exercising.
Most types of exercise actually burn very few calories. One hour of intense, non-stop running burns fewer than 500 calories –About 100 less than that Starbucks drink. Going for a walk for 30 minutes a day? That doesn’t even burn a single slice of bread. Unless you’re working out at a high intensity for at least 60-90 minutes a day, consider your workout a nice extra, rather than a major factor in your weight loss program.
Sugar is everywhere. Did you know most brands of salad dressings contain sugar? So does ketchup, canned soup, milk, yogurt, and canned fruit.