8 real reasons why you're not losing weight
Here are 8 diet tricks to help you lose weight.
Uncover the top 8 surprising reasons you’re still not losing weight.
- You don't drink water
Water is very important when you’re trying to lose weight. It helps to suppress appetite, so you're less likely to overeat.
But that's not all: When you're dehydrated, your kidneys can't function properly, so the body turns to the liver for additional support. Because the liver is working so hard, more of the fat you consume is stored rather than burned off, according to a report by fitnessmagazine.com
- You overeat
Nuts, avocados, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and dark chocolate are all natural and healthy, but they aren't void of calories.
You still need to watch how much you eat of the good stuff. For example, avocado offers a ton of health benefits, but an entire fruit is over 200 calories.
- You sit at a desk all day
According to a study by University of Missouri-Columbia, sitting for just a few hours causes your body to stop making a fat-inhibiting enzyme called lipase.
Getting up and walking for just two minutes during each of those hours burns an additional 59 calories a day, according to recent research from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Experts recommend setting a timer on the computer to remind you to move every hour.
- You're still drinking sugar
You must avoid sugary beverages in order to lose weight quickly. Even fruit juices are problematic, and should not be consumed in large amounts. A single glass can contain a similar amount of sugar as several pieces of whole fruit!
- You're not sleeping well
Spending more time in bed is the easiest way to lose weight. Good sleep is good for your physical and mental health. You need extra energy to keep up with your exercise routine, and skimping on sleep can affect your body's ability to control its appetite
- You exercise with an empty stomach
If you regularly exercise without eating first, you should reconsider: when you work out on an empty stomach, research shows that the calories burned come from muscle, not fat. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, the more muscle mass you have, the better it is for weight loss.
Not only will fueling your body help you avoid losing muscle, but also, you'll have more energy to push yourself through your workout.
- You don't get enough veggies
We all know the benefits of adding vegetables to our diet. They are super packed with a variety of nutrients and fewer calories — and all that fiber keeps the body feeling fuller longer.
- You don't eat breakfast
Regularly eating breakfast can help you lose weight, improve your mood, and even help ward off disease. Skipping it is known to cause a slew of bad chain reactions throughout the body.
Incorporate foods containing protein in your diet to give yourself sustainable energy and fiber to fill you up for hours.
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