10 Surprising Things You’re Probably Doing That’s Packing On The Pounds!

If losing weight were easy, nobody would be overweight.  Doing what it takes to lose weight is TOUGH.  It goes beyond eating well and exercising.  And it’s the little things that you do day in and day that are hardly noticeable that end up sabotaging your weight-loss goals.

To help you bust through your weight loss barriers and get back on track to shedding those pounds, I’ve compiled a top ten list of bad-habits that may be keeping you heavy without you even realizing it + my suggestions for you to overcome each of them.

BAD HABIT #1: Eating Too Few Calories.  I know I know you’ve heard it a million times “Eat less and exercise more” if you want to lose weight.  But this common misconception often brings people’s weight loss efforts to a screeching halt!  Why?  Because most don’t consider their activity level.

SOLUTION: If you’re an active person, you should actually be eating more.  If you consume too few of calories, your body goes into starvation mode holding onto every last calorie you put into your mouth.  This prevents you from losing weight.

BAD HABIT #2: Eating low-calorie or fat free foods.  This may seem like the obvious choice when it comes to weight loss; however what is lost in calories and fat is often made up for in simple carbohydrates, sugar, and chemicals.  Empty calories are broken down quickly and often cause your hunger to rebound.

SOULTION: Eat real food in moderation.

BAD HABIT #3: Not drinking enough Water.  Fatigue is an early sign of dehydration. Most people misinterpret that sluggish feeling as hunger, and eat more in order to gain energy.

SOLUTION: Drink ½ your body weight in ounces/day to make sure you’re properly hydrated.

BAD HABIT #4: Not Getting Enough Zzz’s.  When you’re sleep deprived your body craves energy.  And for far too many of us, when we get tired the last thing we’re reaching out for is an apple to munch on.  Our bodies crave SUGAR and CAFFEINE as a quick energy boost to get us through our day.  But these two sources of energy are usually short lived, causing us to crash and burn only to repeat the cycle again.  In addition, studies have found that when you’re sleep deprived your ghrelin levels (stimulates hunger) increase while your liptin levels (satiety signals) decrease, causing you to feel hungry more often.

SOLUTION: Moral of the story…if you snooze then you lose! (Sleep more and you’ll lose more)

BAD HABIT #5: Not eating enough protein.  Eating enough protein is essential when it comes to losing weight.  Protein not only boosts your metabolism, but it also helps curb cravings for junk food.

SOLUTION:  Eat more healthy protein

BAD HABIT #6: Distracted eating. Watching tv, playing around on the internet, multi-tasking, etc. while eating distracts you from paying closer attention to your fullness cues and the amount of food that you’re consuming.  This makes you more likely to overeat without even realizing it.

SOLUTION: Put down the distractions and set aside 15-30 minutes to sit and really ENJOY your food.  Cutting out mindless eating will allow you to enjoy your food, feel satisfied, and eat less.

BAD HABIT #7: Doing too much of the same thing.  Variety is the spice of life.  When it comes to working out, choosing a variety of activities is key.  Your body is an incredible vessel and can adapt very quickly.  So when you do the same exercises/workouts week after week, they become less effective because your body isn’t being challenged enough.  As a result, less muscle is gained and fewer calories are being burned.

SOLUTION:  Shake it up a bit!! Mix things up every couple of weeks to keep your body guessing.

BAD HABIT #8: You’re not lifting weights.  There’s this common misconception that if you want to lose weight you must do a LOT of cardio.  Cardio is important to help you shed fat, however, lifting weights and gaining muscle will help keep your metabolism firing long after your workout is complete.

SOLUTION: Mix weights in w/ your cardio workout

BAD HABIT #9: Using artificial sweeteners.  Studies have found that artificial sweeteners confuse the body’s regulatory systems that control hunger.  When you eat, your body expects calories.  When you consume artificial sweeteners, and your body receives no calories,  your body will crave more and more food.  This will essentially slow down the body’s ability to register fullness.

SOLUTION: Avoid artificial sweeteners.  If you have a sweet tooth, occasionally choose natural alternatives.

BAD  HABIT #10: You eat too much & too frequently.  We’ve all heard it time and time again that eating 5-6 small meals a day is an important factor in keeping your metabolism firing all day long.  However the word small is relative.  What you perceive to be 250 calories could in fact be 350-400 calories if you’re not careful.

SOLUTION: Count calories and portion control for a few weeks if you feel like your meals may be a bit too much.

CONCLUSION

If you see yourself doing any of these 10 bad-habits that’s making you fat, the good news is you have the power to change!  For every bad habit, there’s a good habit.  The more and more you incorporate healthy choices into your daily routine, the quicker these choices will become healthy habits.  One by one start replacing one bad habit for one healthy habit and you will not only be shedding bad habits, but some serious pounds too!

Hope this helps!

Yours for more confidence, more often

Kristyn Haster

Kristyn Haster

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Kristyn Haster

Kristyn Haster is a Lifestyle Blogger, Weight Loss Trainer and Self-Confidence Coach living in Boulder, Colorado. As Editor of LiveLethal.com (Crazy Confident You) Blog, she helps woman break out of their shells, gain total confidence and fall in love with life again.

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