Weight Loss: What Is Really Stopping You?

Losing weight is not impossible, it’s just a lot harder than people think. I talk to people all the time who want to lose a few pounds – or maybe more than that – and can’t seem to figure out what they’re doing wrong. Maybe you’re drinking the calories or perhaps you just don’t know what’s going in your mouth?

As I’ve said, it’s not impossible to lose weight, so be realistic – what is really stopping you?


The Triple Threat


Alcohol

No, you don’t have to give up booze all together if you’re trying to lose a few pounds, but something many people don’t realise is how bad it actually is for your weight loss plan. Of course we all know by now that alcohol is high in calories (it’s pretty easy to drink up to 500 calories in an evening) but did you know that it also increases your appetite and slows down your metabolism for the next 24 hours? So you’re drinking the calories, eating more than normal and your metabolism is actively working against you! Makes you think twice about that second glass of wine…

Give up processed food for good!

Easier said than done, but this is one of the best things to do to lose weight and keep it off, and to live a really healthy lifestyle. Natural foods are broken down much faster in the body and are easier to burn off than the crap that could last through Armageddon, not to mention stick to you for years! Anything with a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce or haven’t heard of should be off limits.

Educate yourself

Ignorance and denial, your diet’s two biggest enemies. I appreciate that “common sense” is not a universal term and perhaps the nutritional information of all food is not something you know inherently, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn. Learning about what goes into your food and how much fat, calories, saturates and sugar you’re eating is the best way to make a change. If you really know what food is best for you, you won’t allow yourself such serious denial, either. We’ve all been there – “a few biscuits aren’t that bad,” or, “I can have a whole pizza for lunch today because I worked out!”

Of course, every once in a while it’s not the end of the world to eat like this, but if you’re really serious about losing weight, you need to be realistic with your diet.

 

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