Ever feel like you’re doing everything right, but you just can’t seem to drop those unwanted pounds? You may be missing a few key things that could make the shift from feeling frustrated to feeling fabulous and getting results!
Let me start by saying, THERE ARE A TON OF FACTORS THAT AFFECT FAT LOSS, AND THIS BLOG IS NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE, but with my 15+ years of experience, these few things seems to be very common factors with my clients and I think they can help you too!
- BUYING INTO ALL THE HEALTH CLAIMS ABOUT “HEALTHY” FOODS: With juices, shakes and power bowls everywhere we turn, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest health crazes. While I love the idea of seeking out healthy food options, I dislike how we have been mislead into thinking that all the so-called health claims are factual! For an example of this, read my blog on “Are Acai Bowls Making You Fit or Fat.”
- BELIEVING HEALTHY = FAT LOSS! I’m NOT saying to not be healthy. . . I’m reiterating what I stated above! Healthy choices are the best way to nourish your body, but you can overdo calories with any food. Think of the Vegetarian who is really the “Starchitarian.” Just because this person believes he/she is healthier because he/she doesn’t eat meat, he/she may actually be unhealthier due to overconsumption of processed and high-starch/fat foods. (I should insert, there are plenty of Vegetarians who do NOT fall in this category, I’m using it as an example only to shed light on the idea.)
- NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. Sleep doesn’t have calories, but we know people who are sleep deprived tend to struggle with weight and have a harder time shedding fat. This has to do with a multitude of factors, but think HORMONES! Sleep is the prime time for a hormonal reset. Without 8-10 hours of sleep per night, we run into increased hunger and cravings making the idea of a caloric deficit feel impossible.
- OVER-EXERCISING: More isn’t better when it comes to exercise. Exercise is NOT the main factor for fat loss. . . nutrition is! If we over-exercise, our bodies stay in an inflamed state and we also tend to be hungrier, once again making a caloric deficit feel impossible. Find the RIGHT amount of exercise for YOU. Not too much, not too little! Eating less and exercising more only works for the short-term, so if you want long-lasting results, ditch the extremes!
- BINGEING ON THE WEEKENDS: If you have a super strict diet M-F, but you blow it on the weekends because you feel like you deserve it, you’re not doing yourself any favors. There are 52 weekends in a year, accounting for about 104 days! If you just consumed an extra few hundred calories (nothing crazy), you would pack on 7-10 pounds in a year! So make sure to be mindful 365 days a year! Find your moderation!
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