Today I’m continuing my weight loss series. If you missed the first two posts, you can find themhere and here.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #1: YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A QUICK FIX AND WANT TO “TRICK” YOUR BODY INTO LOSING WEIGHT
99% of diets are set up to play a little TRICK on your body and manipulate it into losing weight. This is usually done by cutting out a macronutrient group (think protein, carbs, fat) or limiting calories. This ALWAYS sets you up for failure, because you can only trick your body in the short term, and then it will always rebel back, but often with a few extra pounds. Stop thinking anything good ever happens overnight, because this is a weight loss killer and it sets the stage for tricking your body into achieving counterproductive short-term results.
And a little newsflash: You need to be HEALTHY to lose weight (NOT the other way around).
That’s RIGHT! Weight loss the CORRECT way is achieved by working towards health as a first priority. If you focus on a multifaceted approach to GET healthy, weight loss can be achieved naturally. Weight loss that is sustainable. Long lasting. Healthy. Sanity saving. Successful.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #2: OVER EXERCISING WHILE CUTTING CALORIES
Too much exercise, especially when your diet is poor or your calories are too low, is a sure way to send your body running for safety by slowing your metabolism.
When you have a chronic energy deficit (fewer calories coming in than going out), over time your body starts thinking that food is scarce. This results in your body holding on to fat as a way to protect itself. To make an analogy, think of your body like a house. If you’re not making enough money to pay your house bills, what do you do? Well, you may turn down the heat in your house, turn off lights when you are not in the room, and perhaps even fire your cleaning lady to compensate. Your body operates in a similar way. When you do not have enough calories coming in, your body saves energy by reducing your body temperature (slowing your metabolism), turning down your digestive juices (making your digestion weaker), reducing your pulse, and slowing your thyroid function (resulting in less energy). These are all built-in survival responses by your body, to help you go longer on less food.
This is the EXACT opposite of what you want to do when you are trying to get healthy to lose weight! If you need to hear more about this, don’t miss this interview on Why Your Metabolism Was Fast, But Now It’s Slow.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #3: A LOW PROTEIN DIET
A diet low in protein will s-l-o-w weight loss. WHY? The liver and detoxification processes are PROTEIN DEPENDENT. Not to mention, a healthy liver is a prerequisite to proper blood sugar management and conversion of thyroid hormones.Reconsider a low protein or vegan diet if you’re looking for long-term health and weight loss. Continue Reading >> Page 2