We have all heard that it is hard for women to lose weight. You can struggle for years and only lose a few pounds. There are several reasons why this may be. However, sometimes the reason women cannot lose weight is because of the diet they are using. Here are the top ten diet mistakes that prevent you from losing weight.
1. Crash Dieting
Women love to use a crash diet to lose weight. Crash diets are not the best way to lose weight. When you crash diet, you are losing muscle tissue. Muscles are vital for burning fat. Therefore, you can lose the weight, but your body will look flabby and have a harder time boosting up your metabolism. Also, crash diets do not lead to permanent weight loss. When you get off of it, you can gain the weight back easier, because your metabolism has been slowed down by the diet.
2. Focusing on the Scale
Stop stressing over what the scale says. A lot of times the number on the scale does not represent how a woman really looks. When you are exercising, your body can be decreasing your fat cells while building your muscles. The scale cannot show you that. All it shows you is that you have not lost that much weight.
There is a difference in five pounds of fat and five pounds of muscles. If you look in the mirror, you can see the noticeable difference in your body.
3. Too Much Cardio, No Strength Training
Exercise is a great way to lose weight. Most women focus on cardio exercises so that they get flat stomach and never take up strength training exercises. Strength training not only burns calories, it helps increase your metabolism so your body can burn calories hours after an exercise. Interval training is also more effective than just doing cardio-only exercise.
4. Skipping Breakfast
Breakfast kick starts your metabolism. That is why it is the most important meal of the day. When you wake up, your body has gone a lot of hours without food. It is in starvation mode. Breakfast gets it out of that mode and gives you the energy to get you through the day.
Also, a balanced breakfast prevents you from overeating later in the day.
5. Using Diet Pills for Weight Loss
Many women use diet pills to lose weight. Most of them pick the latest fad pill. There is little evidence if they work or not.
6. Eating Too Little
To have a healthy and fit body, you need to eat a minimum of three square meals a day. You should also eat at least two healthy snacks a day.
Most women do not eat enough. They will skip or skimp on breakfast. Therefore, they do not have that much energy during the day. The body uses the conserved energy, and that means the metabolism has no fuel. Also, when you go all day without eating, you tend to overeat at night. This is a horrible way to lose weight, because you will not be able to burn off the calories.
7. Eating Out Too Much
Yes, you are busy and cannot make lunch and dinner every day, but eating out too much and excess sugar intake can lead to weight gain. Eating out is bad, because you have no control over the food.
It is best to cook meals that have fresh ingredients and easy to make.
8. Emotional Eating
People eat when they are feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry and sometimes elated. People associate foods with different emotions. For example, for women, sweets are a comfort food. When a woman feels overly emotional, she will rely on sweets to help her control her emotions. This means you are eating unhealthy foods when you are not hungry.
9. No Consistency
Your diet needs to be consistent. You cannot try this diet one day and move on to another the next. You cannot have breakfast every day and then stop eating breakfast. Consistency is the only way you will get good weight loss results from a diet.
10. Lack of Sleep
When you sleep, you burn calories. Sleep also helps re-energize your body. Also, when you do not sleep, your cortisol levels are elevated. This can cause you to crave unhealthy foods. You need to make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep if you want to lose weight.
If you avoid doing these ten things, you will be able to see a difference in your overall weight loss efforts.