Feel like you don’t lose weight even if you stick to your diet? Here are the top 8 mistakes that might be slowing your weight loss
Mistake #1: You Have a Wimpy Breakfast
If you usually spread some butter on a piece of toast and run to work or to school in the morning, you’re causing yourself a real problem. A breakfast that’s is packed with protein could help curb your cravings later in the day.
Mistake #2: Cardio Is Your Go-To
Thinking that doing only cardio workouts will make your burn more fat is a myth.
If you introduced some weights in your workout routine, this will help amp up the baseline amount of calories you burn each day, which will help you lose weight faster.
Mistake #3: You Only Use Light Weights
Even if you spend some time in the weight room, you may be afraid of choosing the biggies. But here’s the secret behind it: Using heavier weights for fewer reps can burn more calories than using lighter weights for more reps, according to past research.
Mistake #4: You Don’t Eat Before You Work Out
If you think you’re keeping your calorie count down by avoiding grub pre-workout, get this: In new research out of the University of Arkansas, women who ate a high-protein meal before moderately exercising for 30 minutes boosted their calorie burn more than the ones who didn’t chow down.
Mistake #5: You Only Work Out on Your Own
People who join a weight-loss intervention group are more successful. Even if you don’t want to join a big group, you can team up with friends or relatives and go at your weight-loss goals together.
Mistake #6: You Stress Yourself Out About the Scale
Dieters who learned stress-management techniques lost more poundage than the ones who didn’t get the training. Learn to avoid anxiety and emotional eating, and you could speed your weight loss up in the process.
Mistake #7: You Down Diet Soda
Think you’re steering clear of liquid calories by drinking diet? In a recent study, overweight and obese dieters who went for diet beverages ended up consuming the same amount of daily calories as full-sugar drinkers anyway. So step away from the diet soda, and sip on some H20 instead.
Mistake #8: You Skip Dessert (But Not the Bread Basket)
When you pit pre-meal bread against dessert, it’s actually better to go with the sweet stuff!