Losing weight can be challenging. Sometimes even the things we think we are doing right turn out to be wrong. Listed below are five weight loss secrets that can help you avoid sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Overestimating The Amount Of Calories Burned In A Workout
If you are using a calorie expenditure table to determine the number of calories burned when exercising, you are more than likely overestimating calories burned.
This is because most calorie tables overestimate calories burned by an average of twenty percent.
The best way to accurately determine the number of calories you burn is to use a heart rate monitor.
Not Building Muscle
Although aerobic workouts burn a lot of calories and are great for you, one weight loss secret that many people overlook is that strength training is needed as well. Strength training builds muscle and muscle speeds up your metabolism and burns more fat, thus promoting weight loss.
If you are working out, eating healthier and still not losing weight add some strength training to your routine and more than likely you will see the scale gradually start to go down.
Drinking To Much Alcohol
Alcohol slows down your body’s ability to burn fat. Instead of burning off food your body will first burn off the alcohol that you have consumed.
Alcohol also makes you more likely to snack because it desensitizes the part of our body that regulates hunger.
It is also high in calories and has no nutritional benefit. Having an occasional drink is fine but more than a couple per week and you may be sabotaging your weight loss and health.
While skipping meals sounds like a great way to drop unwanted pounds, it can actually have the opposite effect.
When your body goes without food for long periods of time your metabolism begins to slow down.
Skipping meals can also cause you to eat more than you normally would have when you do have a chance to grab some food.
Instead of skipping meals eat five to six small ones throughout the day. If your calorie intake goal for the day is 1600 calories plan to have five 320 calorie meals each day.
Setting Unrealistic Weight Loss Goals
Many people looking to lose weight set unrealistic goals. They watch people on television who have lost 20 pounds in a month and set that standard for themselves.
Reality is healthy weight loss takes time. Healthy weight loss is considered between one and two pounds each week.
Those who lose weight at this rate, tend to be more successful at keeping it off longer.
Although these five weight loss secrets may seem simple, they can have a major impact on your weight loss success.
All the best,