Monday 3 June 2019

What Not To Do When You're Trying To Lose Weight

*This is a collaborative post*

When standing on the scales or when looking in the mirror, many of us often see the need to lose a few pounds. After doing so, we will often feel better in ourselves, not only in terms of our health, but through greater feelings of self-confidence too.

If you're planning on losing weight then, or if you are in the midst of trying to do so, we wish you every success. Here are some diet trends that might help you lose those pounds sooner rather than later. However, to be truly effective with your weight-loss plan, there are certain things you shouldn't do, and these include the following.

#1: Don't give up on your exercise routines

You may have started keeping fit with the good intention of losing weight (and preserving your health in general), but there may be times when you are tempted to miss a day or two, especially when the weather is cold or when you have other things to do with your time. However, while a day off here or there is okay, it might become a habit if you're not mindful, and that could scupper your weight-loss plan altogether, especially if you then spend your time being inactive. We appreciate it's not always easy to stay motivated, but our tips in this article might make life easier for you, and return you to some kind of exercise sooner rather than later. You will then start to lose those pounds rather than gain any by spending longer hours on your sofa!

#2: Don't drink a glass of wine with your evening meal

You already know that too much alcohol is bad for you. Not only might it cause you to act irresponsibly when you've had a little too much to drink, but it can affect your lifespan too, as heart disease and cancer are just two of the health risks that arise as a consequence of drinking alcohol in excess. If you know you have a problem with alcohol in this way, then giving up is a no-brainer. There is some useful advice at if this applies to you. However, even if you're able to drink in moderation, giving up is a must if you are intent on losing weight. There are around 125 calories in every glass of wine you drink, and if you're prone to a tipple or two more, you can do the maths yourself. Instead, go for a non-alcohol alternative; not only will you lose weight quicker this way, but you will also do your overall wellbeing a boost as well.

#3: Don't lose out on sleep

According to The Sleep Doctor, sleep deprivation has a direct correlation to weight gain. When you miss out on sleep, your body experiences hormonal changes that can increase your overall appetite. And not only that but according to the linked article, you are more likely to make less-reasoned choices when you are feeling tired, so when you're hungry, you might opt for junk food items instead of those foods that you have been reliant on in your diet plan. Of course, being tired during the day also means you are less likely to do anything active with your time, so going back to #1 in this short list, this might also impinge on your motivation to keep up with your usual exercise routine. Therefore, ensure you get a good night's sleep if you want to lose weight rather then gain it!

#4: Don't justify a treat day

Many of us take a treat day now and again, wrongly assuming that it's okay to indulge in less healthy foods one day a week after eating foods attributed to our diet plan the rest of the time. Or we might reward ourselves with a tasty (and not very healthy) snack after a particularly rigorous workout at the gym or the park. We don't need to tell you that this is problematic, because those treats aren't going to do a lot for your weight plan. You need to cut out the justifications because you will struggle to see any real results otherwise. Rather than treating yourself to unhealthy foods, reward yourself in other ways. Buy yourself something nice to wear from the store, for example, perhaps in one size too small for you to give you the incentive to keep up with your weight-loss programme. Or treat yourself to a delicious and healthy meal that won't sabotage your usual diet.


If you are serious about losing weight, take note of what we have advised here. If you don't, it might take you a longer period of time to lose weight, or you might not lose it at all. Be mindful then, and hopefully, you will see the positive weight results the next time you stand on the scales or cautiously glance into the mirror!


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