25 Roadblocks to Weight Loss

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As the time for New Year’s Resolutions rolls around, many across America find themselves evaluating their fitness goals and determining how much weight they would like to lose after 2012 turns to 2013. Yet some have already maintained a fitness regimen throughout the year, and still are not dropping the pounds that they had hoped to lose. Fit Sugar revealed 25 reasons why people on diets, and trying to lose may be stuck at a plateau of pounds.

  1. Eating too many healthy foods: While eating avocado or almonds provides the benefits of healthy fats, overdoing it can lead to an accumulation of calories.
  2. Skipping breakfast: You’ve always been told it’s the most important meal of the day, missing it misses revving your metabolism for the day
  3. Unlimited portion size: Take a tip from French women, and eat what you want, in an appropriate amount and stop before you feel full.
  4. Eating while standing: Eating in front of the fridge, or without considering the food you put into your mouth a meal can lead to excess calorie intake.
  5. Minimizing sleep: Clocking less than eight hours can sap energy to work out, and lead to cravings for quick carbohydrates to boost your mood.
  6. Exclusively eating low fat: Slimmed versions of foods may not taste as satisfying, or may seem falsely healthy, leading you to over-indulge.
  7. Not eating enough of the green stuff: Eating a diet full in fiber and nutrients can keep you feeling more full and satisfied longer than consuming empty calories.
  8. Minor activity of fifteen minutes or less does not count as cardio: Walking the dog, while better than nothing, will not make you lose weight like intense cardio for 45 minutes or longer will.
  9. You eat large chunks of food: Taking bigger bites may lead to less satisfaction, as studies show that cutting your food into small pieces may increase feelings of fullness with less calorie consumption overall.
  10. Drinking your calories: Drinking soda, or other sugary beverages ups your calorie intake without making you feel full.
  11. Your partner is not trying to lose weight: Having a relationship with someone who always wants to avoid exercise and order dessert can sabotage your goals through peer pressure.
  12. Adding toppings and sauces to everything: A healthy meal is easily corrupted by 1,000 calories of blue cheese dip.
  13. Dehydration: A lack of water not only makes you feel hungrier, but drinking cold water can make you feel fuller, and speed up metabolism, decreasing total calorie intake.
  14. All work and no play: Constant stress releases hormones encouraging you to eat more, while fun activities that counteract it, like dancing and exercise can burn calories.
  15. Kind of following a diet: Pretending to eat healthfully can make you consume more calories without feeling guilty. Pick a plan and stick to it.
  16. Eating out: Restaurant meals encourage large portions with dessert and high calorie beverages, battle the bulge by splitting meals or dining at home.
  17. Avoiding tracking what you eat: Many people falsely believe they control what they eat. Keeping a food journal keeps you honest by tracking every cookie.
  18. Exercising when hungry: This can lead to burning muscle rather than fat, which decreases your body’s ability to torch calories and recover from workouts.
  19. Skipping weight training: Cardio may burn calories, but misses building muscle mass to avoid injury and increase metabolism.
  20. Thoughtlessly eating: Consuming while doing anything else can lead you to eat more than you would if you focused on what you put in your mouth, especially while watching television.
  21. Wearing over-sized clothes: While sweatpants may be comfortable, they allow you to forget the extra roll that tighter fitting pants might remind you to lose.
  22. Starving to lose weight: Eating too few calories can stall metabolism and lead to binges on unhealthy food when the hunger becomes too much.
  23. Cutting out a food entirely: Eliminating a whole food group can harm diets by making you feel deprived, and causing nutrient deficiency.
  24. Never treating yourself: Studies show that one-time variances in up to 600 calories will not lead to weight gain, while feeling deprived and abandoning your healthy lifestyle completely can.
  25. Overeating after exercise: Snacks should be kept to 150 calories or less, to avoid undoing the benefits of the burn you just created.

Source courtesy of FitSugar. Image courtesy of Jack Fit.

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