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7 Mistakes Preventing You From Losing Weight

Healthy Habits for a Healthier and Happier Life

By Berina KaricPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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People find they want to lose weight for different reasons. Cardiologists, more often than doctors of other specialties, have to find out with patients the reasons for their stubborn excess weight, since without weight correction, it is impossible to get rid of heart ailments.

Contrary to popular belief, being overweight is not a verdict of genetics and necessarily unchangeable.

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Here are some of the mistakes we make, which usually interfere with losing weight:

1. Strict diets

Reducing the daily caloric intake below the metabolic level actually leads to the use of fat from subcutaneous tissue as "fuel". However, long-term limited nutrition is stress for the body, during which the economy mode is activated in the body - energy costs are reduced, metabolism slows down, and the process of losing weight stops.

2. Unrealistic goals

It is wrong to think that if you have a lot of weight to lose, you should aim to do it as quickly as possible. Crash diets and fasting can not only lead to the yo-yo effect, but also lead to loss of muscle mass, slowed down metabolism and other negative consequences. It is much more reasonable to set for yourself the goal of losing 1-2 kg per week, which will allow you to steadily reduce weight and keep it off in the long term.

3. Wrong diet

A recent study showed that only one third of people who are trying to lose weight are on a diet that is actually appropriate for their body type. It is very important to determine your metabolic type and choose a diet that will be optimal for you.

4. Overeating healthy foods

It is just as harmful to overeat healthy foods as unhealthy ones. Excess amounts of protein, fiber, or water can disrupt the digestive process and lead to weight gain. It is important to monitor your intake of these nutrients and eat only as much as your body needs.

5. Inactivity

Even if you are on a healthy diet, you will not be able to lose weight if you do not engage in regular physical activity. Exercise not only helps to burn calories, but also increases the basal metabolic rate, which makes it easier to maintain your weight.

6. Overeating at night

Many people who are trying to lose weight are tempted to eat more in the evening because of stress, fatigue or loneliness. Especially harmful is the habit of eating dinner after watching TV, since this meal is usually doubled without doing much activity. Therefore, it is not surprising that this type of food intake contributes to overweight.

7. Wrong food combination

You might have heard that you can "consume all the vegetables, but only fruit before a meal". This is a traditional rule of food combination, which has already been thoroughly refuted by science. People who follow it do not lose weight - on the contrary! There are people who claim that they lost a lot of weight by following this rule, but it is not based on scientific evidence and can actually lead to health problems.

The right way to combine foods for weight loss is to eat vegetables and fruits at different times of the day, not together. Also, you should avoid mixing protein with carbohydrates - these two nutrients digest differently and combining them can lead to weight gain.

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