You may think that you are doing everything right and still your weight loss efforts are stalled, or worse, you find that the scale is going in the wrong direction! You may have successfully lost weight, but now the number on the scale is going up. What’s going on here? Well, there are some common traps that people tend to fall into without realizing that they are sabotaging their efforts. These are the 3 most common:

1. Skimp on protein. Starting the day with a complete protein will increase chemicals in the brain that not only improve sleep, but also improve your mood due to its tryptophan content. This amino acid is a precursor to serotonin, the wellness hormone that keeps you happy and motivated. Serotonin is converted to melatonin, which helps you sleep at night. Less than 6 hours of sleep per day is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, insulin resistance, increased risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Sleep is critical to maintaining a healthy weight, and protein is important for restful sleep. Adequate protein in the morning reduces your appetite throughout the day and studies have shown that starting the day with clean protein instead of carbohydrates can reduce your risk of fatigue by up to 75% for 6 hours and double your energy in 30 minutes . (A better workout!) One study found that women who included protein for breakfast lost weight 65% faster.

2. Do the same workout every day. When you follow a consistent exercise program, your body becomes more efficient and you no longer burn as many calories. You have to increase the intensity or change your routine regularly if you want to maintain your weight loss. Your body is intelligently built and when you do the same 3 miles on the treadmill or the same kettle bell workout every day, your body adapts. Just vary your routine: intensity, number of repetitions, speed, and even specific exercises every few weeks to keep your body amazed and burning the maximum amount of calories. It is one of my recommendations in my book, Today is still the day.

3. Don’t drink water. Don’t get so caught up in eating healthy foods that you overlook drinking enough water. Staying hydrated reduces hunger, increases the number of calories you burn, and improves your body’s ability to burn body fat for energy. Drink 16 oz. 15-30 minutes before meals increases metabolism 24-30% for the next hour to 1.5 hours.

My basic recommendation is half your body weight in ounces and including ΒΌ teaspoon. of unprocessed natural salt for every 32 oz.

Are any of these obstacles hampering your efforts?

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