Old habits are hard to break, but these habits may be keeping you from achieving your weight-loss goals. If you’re serious about losing weight, it’s time to take a look at your current lifestyle and make smart changes.
We’ve pinpointed the bad habits you need to break to kickstart your weight-loss:
Going for fat-free—all the time.
Choosing a fat-free diet doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthier nor does it mean it is non-fattening. Fat is the main reason why most foods are flavorful. So when you take it out, new components are added to make up for it. Usually, that component is sugar. Zero fat also does not mean zero calories. So if you subscribe to the idea that it’s okay to have as much as you want as long as it’s fat-free, it’s best to scrap that notion today.
It sounds so easy: skip one meal, you save a ton of calories. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Your hormones for hunger and satiety work best when nourished every four hours. If not, it can cause you to overeat later during the day.
Not only do alcoholic drinks pack on calories and sugar, they also lower inhibitions and make you prone to mindless eating. If you have to drink, make sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach and pace yourself.
Many resort to crash dieting, especially when there is a sudden occasion that requires you to be in great shape. Resist the urge to deprive yourself. Regular crash dieting slows down your metabolism, and you’re likely to gain all the weight back. Also, anything that deprives your body of essential nutrients is definitely not a long-term solution.
Cookies, cakes, pizza– everyone has their kryptonite when it comes to dieting. But eliminating it from your grocery list will only heighten its appeal and make you more prone to overeating. Allow yourself to eat your favorite food in moderation and eat it mindfully.
Don’t feel bad if you find yourself guilty of some of these habits. As long as you don’t give up in trying to make the changes outlined above, you’ll definitely see some progress.