Health & Fitness

Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes To Lose Weight Faster

New York Smash Magazine  



By Kate McKay


 

 

 


Feeling stuck on your weight loss journey? Discouraged by your lack of gains in your overall fitness and health? Check out these five mistakes that so many of us make when we embark on our weight loss journey. By avoiding these pitfalls, you will be over the rumble strip and back on the freeway to your weight loss in no time.

Mistake #1: Setting Unrealistic Goals

Dream big, but take into consideration what is biologically possible for a human being. Lose five pounds in a week, build bolder biceps in a month. Give yourself a realistic but challenging goal that excites you, so you will keep at it and be fired up to attain it.

Set a big, audacious goal, then break it down into bite-size chunks, put your head down, and pursue it like you mean it…even when you do not feel like it! This is how successful people attain their goals. They push right on through the “I don’t feel like it” and then bask in their success on the other side. You can do that, too. You just have to want it bad enough.

How To Avoid This Mistake:

Make a plan that you know you can stick to long-term.

Don’t go to extremes like over-exercising or crash dieting. Once you figure out a sustainable, practical plan that works for you, stick to it. No excuses.


Mistake #2: Not Eating Breakfast

It’s called “breaking-a-fast” for a reason. Your body has not had nutrition for hours after waking up. Your body is a temple, so be kind to it and refuel. When you wake up, your body craves a healthy protein and a complex carbohydrate to fuel you through your day — not coffee and a donut. Start a routine of fueling your body in the a.m. with clean food; it will jumpstart your day.

How To Avoid This Mistake:

 

No matter how pressed you are for time in the morning, make it a priority to eat a light and healthy breakfast. 

Mistake #3: Booze Binging

No, it is not OK to have too many cocktails to count and think your body can adjust to such high levels of alcohol, sugar, and calories all in one evening. A lot of people use the excuse, “I only do it on the weekend” or “I just like wine/vodka/beer, what is so bad about that?” Alcohol in excessive amounts wreaks havoc on your fitness and wellness goals. Stick to 1-2 drinks and hydrate with water between each drink to stay properly hydrated. Don’t set yourself back by obliterating your successes with an excess of alcohol. Your body will thank you. Self-respect means honoring the body you have; booze binging simply does not follow that. You deserve better than that.

How To Avoid This Mistake:

 

Avoid alcohol as much as possible. When you must drink, stick to 1-2 alcoholic beverages at the most, and keep drinking water in between.

Mistake #4: Not Staying Hydrated

I know, I know, I hear all the time that drinking water is a total pain in the neck, but it is a habit that is a crucial part of your health and wellness goals. Your body tissues love the flush, including your skin. The optimal amount is no less than 50 percent of your bodyweight in ounces of water. Initially you may feel bloated; however, your body does adjust to the extra fluid. Soon you will notice a healthier glow to your skin, a flatter belly, and even less fatigue, as studies have shown that drinking more water increases energy and alertness. Bottoms up!

How To Avoid This Mistake:

 

Water should be your primary beverage of choice. You can stick to the common “8 by 8″ rule: drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which is 1.9 liters. If you exercise, you may need an extra 1.5  to 2.5 cups of water, according to Mayo Clinic.

Mistake 5: Not Getting Enough Sleep

The truth is that when we don’t get enough sleep, we are more likely to lose commitment to our fitness goals, make poor choices with food, drink less water, and have an increased chance of injury. Don’t let that be you! Commit to going to bed close to the same time every night, be sure to get adequate exercise every day (30 minutes daily exercise is recommended), and be careful not to drink alcohol too close to bedtime, which can disturb your sleep. Turn off your phone. Leave it out of your room if you have to in order to ensure a good night’s sleep.

How To Avoid This Mistake:

 

Get enough sleep every night. Sleep deprivation causes overeating, lack of energy and other side effects that deter us from reaching our goals.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you will experience greater vitality and a healthier physique. You deserve to live an amazing life! Take small steps daily to live fit, and watch your overall happiness and pleasure in living increase!