It can be hard to dedicate yourself to a diet but not see the results you think you should be achieving. Unfortunately, losing weight while dieting can present many pitfalls that can limit the amount of weight you can potentially lose or stall weight loss completely. Here are some common mistakes that can derail your diet and make it harder to achieve your goals.
Calories, or carbs, have a tendency to sneak their way into your daily eating habits without you ever realizing it most times. You likely have been sitting around after your workout and ended up eating foods that you probably shouldn’t, like potato chips or cookies. Keeping a log of every food item that you eat will help keep sneaky calories from sabotaging your diet.
It is important to find a balance in your exercise habits to prime the body for optimal weight loss. On one hand, exercising too little doesn’t give the body the opportunity to burn off excess calories and keep the body in a fat burning mode. On the other, exercising too much can increase hunger levels in the body that cause you to overeat following periods of exercise.
Maintaining a regular sleep cycle is important to ensure continued weight loss can be achieved. While sleeping, your circadian rhythms help restore hormones in the body that are pivotal to function optimally. It is also not uncommon for a lack of sleep or damaged sleep patterns to result in additional weight gained by the body.
Depending on your diet of choice, the foods you are consuming may be too limited to ensure sustainable weight loss can be achieved. Under a strict diet, limiting certain food groups can mean that they will be overeaten in the future on a cheat day or when weight loss goals have been achieved. Find a balance in your foods and try to avoid restrictive diets for the best long-term results.
For some individuals, weight loss can seem impossible. If you have over 20 pounds to lose to get to your goal weight and a proper diet hasn’t made much of an impact, you may be suffering from metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. If this is the case, your body is more likely to store calories that a normal functioning metabolic system would have no problem compensating for.