Are you struggling to lose that last little bit of belly fat? If you are on a mission but not seeing any results, it might be because you are making some of these mistakes.
1. You’re Too Impatient
There are so many programs that promise a quick fix overnight. They get everyone’s hopes up, and when they don’t work, we think we did something wrong. The truth is, successful weight loss and weight maintenance is achieved through a lifestyle change. You can diet all you want, but if you can’t commit to that long term, the weight will come back. Be patient and be kind to your body and the results will come in due time.
2. You’re Eating Too Much Sugar
Sugar is a killer. It’s extremely addictive and it’s the one substance we all crave from birth. Sugars have helped us survive as a species because they’ve helped us gain weight. In modern day, though, we are not threatened by starvation. Eating excessive sugar in processed foods is the fastest way to sabotage your goals.
3. You’re Not Eating Enough Protein
Proteins are the building blocks of muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns when you’re not exercising. Try eating more plant-based proteins because you’ll get more nutrients than from animals. Beans, whole grains, and even vegetables like peas are great sources of protein, fiber, and nutrients.
4. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Did you know that waking up early to squeeze in a gym session might actually be doing more harm than good? Adequate sleep is necessary for weight loss because otherwise your hormones will be out of whack. To compensate for lost energy, your body will crave more food than you need to power you through your day.
5. You’re Doing The Wrong Exercises
The first thing you want to do when you have belly fat is crunches. But did you know that everyone has a six-pack? You can strengthen your core however much you want, but if you have a layer of fat covering your abs, you’ll never see them. Cardio is necessary for shedding those extra pounds.
6. You’re Doing Too Much Exercise
Props to you for chasing your dreams hard, but this race is a marathon and not a sprint! Your body needs at least one day a week to recover, so don’t overdo it or you may injure yourself.
7. You’re Not Eating Enough
If you eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, your body thinks you’re starving and turns into a fat storing machine. Don’t restrict and don’t be afraid of indulging once in a while if it keeps you going on your diet. Remember, moderation is key.
8. You’re Constantly Stressed
Cortisol is the hormone we all hate. It’s released when you’re stressed and it makes you crave those comfort foods that wreak havoc on your waistline. Try incorporating yoga or meditation into your workout routine.
9. You’re Not Keeping A Journal
A common mistake people make is paying attention only to the scale. When you exercise, your body holds more water weight to insulate your damaged muscles, which makes you appear fatter. Instead, track your progress by recording your circumference measurements.