Loosing weight can be very frustrating if you have tried to cut your calories, log your food intake and diligently work out. But your fat is not budging, and we all know that the mirror does not lie. You might think that it is because of your hormones or even a sluggish metabolism. But this is not true.
The majority of people who are frustrated with their progress are making one or more of the following five nutrition mistakes.
1. You have cheat days
Most people assume that if you are slashing calories and eating healthy and less processed foods five or six days per week, you should be allowed one cheat day. This is absolutely wrong. A cheat day implies that one is allowed eating binge after days of dietary deprivation, cheat days can literally cheat you out of achieving results. While diligently watching your food and beverage intake and eating enough to fuel your body but also lose weight, a cheat day can tip you over your calorie budget for the week so your fat does not budge one bit.
If you want to eat something that is unhealthy you can go right ahead, but do so in a smart, portion-controlled manner instead of over eating.
2. You Skip Breakfast
Most people have all manner of reasons to skip breakfast. However, a wealth of research data supports breakfast and weight management. And it makes sense. If you feed your body first thing in the morning, you will have the energy you need to train hard; and the harder you train, the more calories you burn. Plus, you will not search for snacks after dinner because you are still hungry. Keep your stomach full by eating your morning meal.
3. You Are Not Eating Enough
You actually have to eat a decent amount of food at each meal so you can subsist on fewer calories per day without obsessively thinking about food. If you eat very little food than you will not be full for an extended period of time and this will lead to snacking on the unhealthy meals. Make sure you get at least a quarter of your total daily calories at each meal. And fill up on high volume foods vegetables.
4. You Are Compensating for Calories Burned
Most people burn significantly fewer calories than they think they burn. They overestimate their calorie burn and underestimate how much they eat. So you work very hard in the gym then when you reach home you over eat then when you do not loose the weight you blame your metabolism. You should look at everything you are doing, track your calories every single day and you will definitely shed off some weight.