While we understand that staying committed can be tough even through the lulls, even if you’re meeting your goals at a slower pace than you’d like, progress is progress.
However, something that prohibits people from losing the weight that they want to get rid of at the rate they would like to see it happening is that they are making common weight loss mistakes.
Take a look at the most prevalent errors that occur to ensure that you are not falling victim to these mistakes and sabotaging your own progress.
Common Weight Loss Mistakes
Not drinking enough water
Staying hydrated is an important step to losing weight. While many people use the motto that they “drink when they’re thirsty”, that is simply not enough.
By the time you are “thirsty”, your body is already dehydrated. In fact, most individuals are in a constant state of minor dehydration, because our body does not send strong cues that we need water.
Staying adequately hydrated will raise your metabolism, keep you fuller longer – which cuts down your appetite, flushes out toxins, and helps you digest food quicker.
All of these things help you lose weight and feel better, which is why it’s so important to consume eight cups or more per day of water, particularly if you are looking to lose weight.
You’re not tracking things
On a weight loss journey, many people rely solely on their memory to remember what actions they’ve taken or what they’ve eaten.
Tracking your diet and exercise on a day-to-day basis can help ensure that you are following your plans, which will increase the rate in which you are losing weight.
This also allows you to see what’s working and not working when you begin to see results, as you can look back at what measures you’ve been taking and when they happened.
You’re not eating enough food
While people typically associate weight loss with eating less food than usual, it is in fact possible to cut down your calories and food intake to a level too low to help you lose weight.
When you aren’t getting enough calories in a day, your body will go into “survival” mode, causing your metabolism to slow in order to preserve as much energy as possible.
In turn, your weight will stay the same or could even increase – having the opposite effect than what you desire. For this reason, eating enough healthy and nutritious foods when you’re on a diet is an absolute must.
While losing weight can be hard, don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Avoid these simple yet common mistakes in order to see faster results and feel better while working through your weight loss journey.