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5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals
2. Depriving yourself
One of the most common mistakes people make is depriving themselves of the foods they enjoy. If you restrict your diet, you can become irritable or even stressed out, but many people continue to think that deprivation is best when it comes to weight loss. Current data suggests that this method can do a lot more harm than good. For one, being hungry can be demoralizing — it can make you feel like you’re lacking something or missing something.
When you’re hungry, it can also activate areas in the brain that think you’re starving, making the impulse to eat even stronger. This can be a vicious cycle, especially if you are trying to lose weight. The point of a diet or workout routine is to make a lifestyle change, something you will do for the rest of your life. If you can’t imagine living the rest of your life the way you are now, losing weight will be difficult for you. Deprivation never works, and the key is to find not only foods you like, but also ones that are good for you.
3. Eating and exercise
When you have a goal to lose weight, it is important to exercise. In fact, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do. However, exercise can also make you hungrier because you’re using more calories.Exercise makes you want to eat more, but you have to be aware of the amount of calories you’re taking in and never exceed what you are burning. You will always need to monitor your caloric intake when you’re trying to lose weight and keep your cravings in check. Don’t use exercise as an excuse to indulge in more food and think that you’re “working it off.”
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