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10 Mistakes Most People Make Trying to Lose Weight
When it comes to dropping weight, it seems like a no brainer, right? Calories in, calories out. But if that were true, why is it so hard for so many people to lose weight?
If only the body worked the way we wanted it to! Some people seem to have an easier time losing weight than others, even if they are on the same diet and exercise plan. And everyone knows that person who eats anything they want, all day long, and they never put on a pound.
Well, although science may not have all the answers as to why your husband can cut back on a beer and drop 10 pounds in two weeks and you eat carrots all day and lose ½ a pound in the same time frame, there are plenty of things they do know about the science of losing weight.
Keep reading and find out the top 10 mistakes most people make when trying to lose weight and see if any of them sound familiar to you.
1. Going All Out on Protein
Although protein is vital to our bodies, too much protein is stored as fat. In fact, if you are eating those high protein bars or drinking high protein shakes, chances are they contain way too much sugar and fat, a bad combination! Women need only about 46 grams of fat each day and men not much more than that.
2. Avoiding Fat, Even Healthy Fat
While it is true that some types of fat make you fat (French fries, cookies), your body needs fat in order to work properly. Healthy, natural fats are incredibly satisfying. They stay in your stomach much longer, which will make you feel full for a longer period of time and plant based fats, such as nuts and avocados, stimulate the production of appetite suppressing hormones. Studies show that plant fats can also increase your metabolism and are a great source of antioxidants. Try adding a bit of fat to each meal. Add half an avocado to your salad or omelet; put a handful of nuts into your morning oatmeal, and use olive oil/balsamic vinegar for salad dressings. Find out benefits of using avocados.
3. Emotional Eating
This is eating that you might not even be aware of. Many of us reach for food due to anxiety, anger, boredom, or happiness. Many people are brought up with food as a reward or as a consolation prize when you lost a big game or after a trip to the dentist. We go on dinner dates, bring food to funerals, birthday cakes, and holiday meals are all ways that food is socially acceptable, even if you aren’t hungry.
We wouldn’t want to suggest not having a celebratory dinner after something really successful happens in your life, those things are important, but if you could find non-food alternatives to even half of your life situations, you could probably lose weight without dieting at all. Instead of having the girls over for dinner or brunch, why not go for a walk in the park? Instead of a date that involves dinner and a movie, how about a day at the lake or the beach?
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