Losing excess weight and keeping it off is HARD. I remember when I first started on my weight loss journey, I had such a hard time losing weight initially that I almost gave up. I didn’t see or feel immediate results for about a month – even when I thought I was doing everything “right”
I want to share with you these five common mistakes that people make when working on weight loss, that may hinder your progress.
- Only focusing on the number on the scale
Many factors can affect scale weight, including fluid fluctuations, muscle mass gain and the weight of undigested food. You may be losing body fat even if the scale reading doesn’t change much
2. Eating too many or two few calories
Consuming too many calories can stop you from losing weight. On the other hand, too few calories can make you ravenously hungry and reduce your metabolism and muscle mass.
3. Not exercising or exercising too much
A lack of exercise can lead to loss of muscle mass and lower metabolism. On the other hand, too much exercise is neither healthy nor effective, and it may lead to severe stress.
4. Choosing low-fat, fat-free or other “diet” foods
Fat-free or “diet” foods are typically high in sugar or other harmful substitutes and may lead to hunger and higher calorie intake.
5. Having unrealistic expectations
Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and giving up altogether. Make your goals more modest to increase your chances of successful weight loss.
Do you identify with any of these? I will be breaking down each one of these mistakes in the upcoming weeks posts. Be sure to come back and/or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss future posts.