Here’s what you might be doing wrong!
Excited and determined to follow your diet? Find yourself keeping temptation at bay? Then why is it that you discover that it isn’t working? Why aren’t you losing weight even though you’re sticking to your diet? There are several reasons for this. Here are the common ones…
Lack of protein
Ensure that every meal you eat has some protein. Lean meat, fish, beans, low fat dairy or nuts are high in proteins. The thing is that protein requires much more calories to digest than carbs. Which means that you can burn more calories by digesting your food when you include protein in your diet.
Lack of calcium
When your body does not have enough calcium, it takes longer to lose weight. Calcium helps your body to burn fat. What you can include in your diet are non-fat or low-fat dairy products instead of whole-milk products. Ensure that you include calcium in at least two of your meals everyday. Dieters who consume more calcium daily lose almost twice the amount of weight as people who didn’t.
A snack is supposed to be a small in-between meal, which fills you up temporarily. It should roughly consist about 150 calories. Any thing over that and you’re most likely to be over snacking.
If you think that by skipping meals or having lighter meals instead of a proper breakfast or dinner will help you lose weight, faster, think again. When you do this, you unintentionally end up eating more than normal because when your body feels hungry after skipping meals, you either consume more than you would have or you eat the wrong types of food.
Binging on the weekend
Some people follow their diet religiously all week only to let go during the weekend. As tempting as this idea may sound to you, allowing yourself these extra calories may actually be hindering your diet plan. Instead, allow yourself a small treat daily or every other day. This is more beneficial than denying yourself calories you need daily and consume them just on weekends.
If you’re on a diet, you should make it a habit to keep a food diary. When you don’t keep one, you will often find that you’re forgetting everything you’ve eaten during the day.
Keeping a diary and noting down every meal will help you in keeping a thorough record what you’ve consumed and deter you from overindulging. It will also tell you where you might possibly be going wrong with your diet.