1. You aren’t Fueling for Workouts:
Yes, you are getting the workouts in, but you’re starting with an empty tank. This is no good. Studies show that exercising/ burning calories on an empty stomach, does the opposite of what we want. The caloric burn comes from muscles vs the fat you want to be burning. You need your muscles mass to help keep your engines burning all day – meaning burning fat. Proper fueling will also give you more energy and strength in the workout!
2. You’re an Emotional Eater:
Are you mindlessly snacking while peering into the fridge? Studies this is a combination of boredom and emotional eating. Snacking/eating in this way is not great because you really have no idea how much you are actually consuming. We tend to over track the calories we think we are burning and grossly underestimate the amount we eat. The best things to do are to plan your snack, weigh it, count it – whatever you need to do to get one serving, then plate it all. Boom, you stay within your calories and have a grip on your weight loss.
3. You’re not getting enough Protein:
You are really great at getting your fruits and vegetables in – but what about the protein? In order to build lean muscle you must be eating protein. There are so many options to choose from: fish, chicken, lean beef, ,pork. The benefit with protein is also that these foods take more time to digest, which translates into burning more calories while your body processes them.
4. You’re a Cardio Junkie:
Yes, cardio is great especially for weight loss, however, you will see real results once you incorporate lifting weights. And not the baby weights, heavier weights that challenge you and force your body to change. Strength workouts boost your hormone levels and in doing so your body burns more fat for up to 24 hours after a workout. And ladies, it is a 100% myth that you will bulk up by lifting weights. It is simply not true. Give it a try and watch as you sculpt your shoulders, tush and legs.
5. You always choose Fat-Free foods:
There is always a pay off when choosing fat free or low fat products. Often times you will see an increase in either sugar or sodium – to help maintain the flavor and texture of the actual product. They also can have added chemicals to make up for the part of the food item that has been removed. Another thing to note is that you may not be satisfied by the fat free or low fat version, thus ending up eating more! Instead we encourage to eat the food you are craving or want in its real form, simply be sure to measure your portion. Now isn’t that sounding better? You will feel satisfied and still maintain your healthy goals.
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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