Have you already tried all the existing diets including no-carb, fat-free, and low-protein ones? If you’ve followed a diet with no solid food or tried to count the calories of every meal and yet somehow all of your attempts to lose weight haven’t been successful by now, you may realize that something’s wrong with all of these techniques. In this article, we’ll explain what could be causing your weight loss plateau.
Bright Side gathered the most common mistakes we make when we want to lose weight.
1. You eat proteins and carbs separately.
The fans of a separate food diet are sure that you should eat proteins and carbs separately, otherwise you will need to worry about food rotting in your stomach.
However, the simple principles of anatomy totally ruin this theory. The level of gastric acid in your stomach makes the process of rotting impossible, and there’s the duodenum between your stomach and the small intestine which perfectly digests proteins, carbs, and fats at the same time. Moreover, different enzymes are needed to digest proteins and carbs.
What to do: forget about separating the food you eat. If you eat proteins and carbohydrates separately, your digestive system can’t work properly, and you’ll only acquire stomach problems instead of seeing positive weight loss results.
2. You don’t use a knife when you eat.
Our brain needs about 20 minutes to realize that we’ve eaten something and to estimate how full our stomach actually is. But we often manage to eat so much food during these 20 minutes that, as a result, our brain starts signalizing about overeating.
What to do: cut every meal you eat into small pieces and use a knife. Firstly, it will make the process of eating slower and will boost your digestion. Secondly, it will seem to you that you’ve eaten more than you actually have.
3. You eat too much healthy food.
You may think that if you eat only salads, steamed fish, and fresh fruits, you shouldn’t worry about gaining weight at all but, unfortunately, it’s not true.
One tablespoon of olive oil contains about 150 kilocalories, there is the same amount of calories in a half of a large avocado. If you add a tomato, a cucumber, and pumpkin seeds to make a salad, your light vegetable snack will turn into a real dinner of 500 kilocalories.
What to do: studies show that eating too much, no matter whether you eat sweets or vegetables, is dangerous for your health and also affects your waistline. So if you want to keep fit, you should always pay attention to your portion size.
4. You are fond of detox diets.
Fresh juices and smoothies are certainly useful for you but not in the case when your diet consists only of them. If you follow this kind of diet, your body loses water and muscle mass instead of fat. In the end, you’ll quickly gain back the weight that you lost.
What to do: instead of juices, choose whole vegetables and fruits. With them, your body will get all the necessary vitamins and fiber, which is important for smooth digestion.
5. You count calories.
The calorie content of foods is counted by burning a sample of a product in a hermetic chamber. This amount of calories is usually written on the nutrition facts label on a product. However, nobody can actually count how many calories will be digested by your body.
Also, you can’t count precisely how many calories you burn during your usual day. That’s why the process of counting calories won’t help you lose as much weight as you want.
What to do: when choosing a product, pay attention to how healthy it is and how many vitamins and micronutrients it contains instead of how many calories there are. Don’t forget that a handful of almonds will be much healthier for you than a half a chocolate bar, although they both contain 300 kilocalories.
What helped you lose extra weight and get a smaller waist? Share your advice in the comments!