If you want to lose weight in a healthy manner and with long-term results, where you lose weight for good, there are some things you need to do or not do in order to achieve it. Below are some things you should NOT be doing when you’re trying to lose weight.
1. Making yourself go hungry
If you do it long enough, losing weight by not eating or eating very little is counterproductive. For one, the body will go on crisis mode and will conserve the energy it has by slowing down your metabolism. When you get back to eating regularly your body, because it’s on crisis mode, lessens the amount of calories that it burns and stores the rest as fat. Other than slowing your metabolism, however, not eating properly is detrimental to your health because it deprives your body of the necessary nutrients to function properly.
2. Snacking on processed foods
Processed foods have sodium content that causes your body to retain water instead of expelling unnecessary liquids. You’d be surprised but when you lose water weight, you can actually lose up to two pounds. So, stop eating cookies, chips, spam and other processed foods. If you feel the urge to snack, binge on fruit instead.
3. Letting your mind go wild
Your mind can be your own worst enemy when it comes to losing weight. Weight loss takes time and if you don’t quiet your mind so that you’re able to control your eating habits and patiently wait for the results, nothing’s ever going to happen, or you’ll circle around the same cycle of losing weight and gaining it right back. So, relax and meditate and, more importantly, visualize your ideal end results. There are many meditation programs out there like the Silva Method. Try one of them and don’t stop until you see results.
4. Constantly weighing yourself
The problem with our culture nowadays is that people want instant results, but this simply isn’t possible when it comes to weight loss. Your body needs time to process your actions to put out the appropriate results. If you’re trying to lose weight naturally by using diet plans, you should be patient enough to wait eight weeks before standing on the weighing scale.
5. Not seeking out a support group
Did you know that any goal is more easily achieved when you have a support group? Think of Alcoholics Anonymous and other anonymous groups. Being overweight is a condition that’s being experienced by millions of people, yet people who are trying to lose weight usually do it alone and anguish in the process. Make your efforts more fun, and let others learn from you, by seeking support. Search for a support group online and regularly contribute.
Like anything else, losing weight is a goal worth pursuing. In nature, no animal is ever overweight. That said, the natural state of your body is perfect. Always keep that in mind if you have serious doubts that you can lose weight. Yes, you can, however, you have to do things in a certain way in order for things to change.