Worst Ways to Lose Weight:
Solutions For Unsafe Weight Loss Habits
If you’re like most people, losing weight is at the top of your list to look good and feel good. Unfortunately, the task of doing so isn’t easy, especially since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic… Stay at home orders have forced people to become inactive, ultimately causing people to gain “pandemic pounds.”
But even before the pandemic came to be, weight loss has always been something that’s been difficult for many people to achieve, and it’s mainly because people approach it in the wrong way...
Weight loss isn’t a fast and speedy process; you can’t eat salads for a week and expect to lose 20 pounds. Weight loss truly is a journey. Now, there are methods to give your weight loss journey a boost while also practicing healthier lifestyle habits as well.
For example, you might be eating healthy and working out but somehow hit a plateau and you’re no longer losing weight. Hitting a plateau is ultimately your inability to burn fewer calories than you were able to at your heavier weight. In other words, the way you were losing weight before, is no longer working, so you need to switch up your routine.
Some ways to overcome plateaus is to intensify your workout, take a closer look at your diet, and simply cut more calories. One way people cut more calories and switch up their diet is to start a raw juice cleanse. This shows significant results faster because it’s such a change in your normal routine.
Just think about how you’re going from healthy foods that also contain carbs to a healthy juice with only nutrients, prebiotics and probiotics, and antioxidants… Your body will shed pounds almost immediately!
Nonetheless, people still choose to achieve optimal health and fitness in all the wrong ways, either because they’re completely uneducated on their methods or they simply just don’t want to put in the work to achieve the results they want… it’s usually the latter.
But to ensure you’re approaching your weight loss jpurney the right way, take a look at some of the worst ways to lose weight.
Setting Unrealistic or Unattainable Weight Loss Goals
On your weight loss journey, setting a goal is the first step to getting started. If you’re like lots of people, you’ll come up with these goals that, in your mind, are achievable, but the reality is that they’re not achievable for your level of fitness. For someone who’s already in shape and exercises regularly, your goal might be achievable for them because they’re already conditioned physically and mentally to put in the work.
But if you’re someone just starting out, you don’t need to set these big goals that aren’t realistic for yourself because what you’ll end up doing is setting yourself up for failure before you can even give yourself a fair shot at achieveing your goal.
Start yourself out with goals in small increments. One to two pounds lost per week is a great goal to start with, plus it’s healthy weight loss that’s absolutely achievable. Having a goal to lose 50lbs in three months just isn’t realistic.
You want to give your body the chance to have small wins. Once you start seeing the results of your small goals, it will motivate you to do more and step up your goals. But remember… small incremental steps is key here.
Skipping Meals/Starving Yourself
You’ve probably heard the reference of food being our body’s fuel, right? Well, it’s the absolute truth. Oftentimes, people will skip meals thinking that it will help them lose weight when all that’s doing is depleteing your body of the nutrients your body needs to properly function and survive.
In fact, when you skip meals or engage in starvation tactics, you body will go into what some call “starvation mode” and hold on to the fat your body has stored because it’s trying to preserve it to survive; it’s a direct link to why you’re not losing any weight. Just imagine how frustrating it would feel to have skipped so many meals and not have lost a single inch or pound from your body…
There’s a right and a wrong way to fuel your body. Eating cheeseburgers, fries, brownies, and processed foods isn’t going to fuel your body properly. Eat foods rich in nutrients and protein. Juice cleanses are a wonderful way to cut carbs without cutting the essential nutrients yoru body needs.
Basing Your Progress On What the Scale Says
If you know anything about the human body, you should know that muscle weighs more than fat. So if you’ve been working out and eating healthy, the scale might show a number that you don’t like or that you’ve never seen before simply because your body is getting leaner from muscle gain… It can indeed be discouraging but you just have to stick to working out regularly and eating healthy.
Don’t obsess over what the scale says because it can lead to frustration, which can then lead to quitting, and that’s the last thing you want to do. Try and focus more on how you feel. Are you getting better quality sleep? Has your blood pressure improved? How does your clothes fit you?
Just because the scale says one thing, that doesn’t mean you’re not making any progres