Could you be contributing to your own weight loss plateau? Your weight loss slump could be due to a few commonly made mistakes. It could be a matter of a few small tweaks to your eating routine to get you out of your slump! Here are 5 common weight loss mistakes to avoid. They may seem simple but can make a huge difference in your progress.
Mistake #1 Eating large meals 3 times a day.
Solution: Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day – doing this will help regulate your blood sugar levels control cravings and keep overeating at bay. Of course it’s a given your more frequent meals should be nutritious.
Mistake #2 Letting more than 5 hours pass between meals.Going more than 4-5 hours without refueling your body will send you into a spiral of cravings and hunger, slowing your metabolism.
Solution: Eat every 2-3 hours never go more than 4 hours without refueling your body.
Mistake #3 Lack of protein at every meal.
Solution: Add a lean complete protein at every meal. Protein helps you burn fat build muscles and keeps you feeling full longer.
Mistake #4 Eating too quickly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to get the memo that you are full. So if you eat too quickly you’re likely to eat more than you need.
Solution: Don’t eat on the run. Take some time to sit and eat and allow your food to digest properly.
Mistake #5 Overeating. No, I don’t mean binging. Believe it or not, overeating by only a few hundred calories a day can be more damaging to your weight loss. We are usually more aware when we overeat by binging and pigging out, but we rarely notice when we overeat healthy food.
Solution: Be mindful of those few extra bites after you’re full. Make sure your calories are in check even if you’re eating healthy foods.
If your weight loss has stalled despite your best efforts, it might be helpful for you to take a good look at your eating habits. It could be that one or more of these small habits is the culprit in sabotaging your efforts.