The pandemic and the sedentary lifestyle made most of us gain extra weight. While many of us have already shifted to a healthier routine, the scale doesn’t seem to budge. Is that the case with you too? Worry not, you are not alone. Here are some of the most common mistakes that might be hindering your weight loss goals.
You are not eating enough
If you are someone who believes that eating less will make you lose weight, then you are mistaken. Eating a low-calorie diet might make you lose weight initially but after some time, these unrealistic plans are hard to stick to. When we follow a diet, our brain thinks we are in trouble and goes into starvation mode and slows down the bodily processes, which are necessary to burn calories – including thyroid, metabolism and blood pressure, which can lead to weight gain.
Eliminating food groups
If your diet restricts you from eating a certain food group, then it’s time to move on from that diet. Do not eliminate any complete food group like protein, carb and fat from your diet. These are a must-have in your diet as they provide you with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
You followed a diet, lost weight but now have hit a plateau. As per studies, monotonous diets can lead to a plateau and to lose weight you need to shock your body by trying new things from time to time.
70 per cent and 30 per cent exercise
Overexerting yourself by exercising too much will not help you lose weight. Regular workouts do play an important role in making you lose weight, but going overboard will never help and might even backfire.
Studies have shown that diet plays a bigger role (70 per cent) in losing weight as compared to exercise (30 per cent).
You are not moving enough
Sitting for long is called the new smoking. When you sit for too long without moving, your body stops producing lipase, a fat-inhibiting enzyme that plays an important role in achieving your weight loss goals.
You need to sleep more
Sleep plays an important role in your weight loss journey. Not sleeping for 6 to 8 hours every day can affect your weight loss journey. Sleep-deprived people have slow metabolism as compared to people who sleep for 6-8 hours every day.
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