5 Habits Sabotage Weight Loss. Weight loss may be simple, but it’s NOT easy.
Weight Loss: Simple, but NOT Easy
Many blogs, articles, and advertisements illustrate how easy weight loss is to achieve. “Lose 30 pounds in 30 days” is a popular marketing tool. Weight loss is never a linear journey. It ebbs and flows. You know that person who goes on a “diet” and loses 30 pounds with ease. You also know that person who looks at food and gains weight. Some people are genetically blessed. Others have genetic factors, social habits, and limited resources which lead to real struggle with weight loss.
Science says that weight loss is simple. You need to consume fewer calories than you utilize in order to lose weight. It may be simple, but it is not easy.
5 Habits Sabotage Weight Loss
These 5 habits sabotage weight loss. When you recognize them, you can create strategies to overcome them. Healthy living comes from small, consistent deposits over time – just like faith! You can’t read the Bible from cover to cover once and expect to have a deep, intimate relationship with God. It takes study, consistency, and effort over time.
# 5 Unrealistic Time Goals
When you decide to lose a few pounds, it’s easy to “be good” for a week or so. Then those temptations creep in. Stress, boredom, and the coping mechanisms you developed over time. You don’t see “results” as quickly as you would like, so you “fall off the wagon”. Does that sound familiar?
Although you may not notice the change in your physique as quickly as you’d like, there are other changes that may be occurring in your body. These may include:
- better sleep
- healthier bones and organs
- elevated energy levels
- better mood
- fewer trips to the doctor
Take the time table out of your weight loss goal. Just keep working toward healthy.
# 4 Healthy Foods Treated As Low-Calorie
Not all healthy foods are low calorie. Heart healthy choices like nuts, seeds, and avocados are great for helping you feel satiated (full) and are packed with nutrients. However, nibbling on an entire bag of almonds while driving or watching a movie will certainly sabotage your weight loss efforts. Portion size and self control are important tools to put into place.
# 3 Feeding Your Thirst
You can read more about thirst and water on the Narrow Road Fitness post Water Myths. You may fall into the trap of mistaking thirst for hunger. If you feed your thirst, you will sabotage your weight loss. Some health experts suggest drinking a full glass of water before each meal to help you feel more full. (You may have heard that that somehow keeps you from digesting all the nutrients from your food. That is a myth.)
# 2 Your Social Settings
Statistically, if you are surrounded by obese people, you are more likely to be obese, too. Genetics absolutely play a role. Habits do, too. Also, even if you are not obese, but you surround yourself with junk food, you are more likely to eat it. Our self control only goes so far. If you are serious about losing weight and getting healthy, surround yourself with healthy foods. Take the produce out of your crisper drawer in the fridge. (I call it the Good Intentions Drawer) Put it where you will see it so you will be more likely to grab it when feeling the urge to nibble, crunch and munch.
#1 Hedonistic Compensation
Most fitness and health professionals will tell you that humans in general are terrible at estimation. Clients will say they use a teaspoon of butter on a piece of toast, when it’s more accurately measured as a tablespoon or more. Also, it’s common to over-estimate the number of calories utilized in a workout, and then give yourself permission to over-eat because you convinced yourself you “earned” it. In common weight loss plans where you earn “points” for calories, you may have saved your points to treat yourself. The problem is that the treat is bigger than what you acknowledge. You can read more about this at Narrow Road Fitness- Hedonistic Compensation
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