Weight Loss Sabotage
If you’re stuck in a weight loss plan and not making any progress or just not seeing the results as fast as you think you should be seeing then you will want to check out this list of factors which are most likely the cause of weight loss sabotage.
The first step you’ll want to take is to let go of the guilt or disappointment you feel if you’ve been trying your hardest with losing weight. The only place this will take you is down.
Now we’ll want to turn it around and focus on the positive, a great way to do this is to think about how good you are going to feel when you reach your goal. Envision that moment and stick with me on these tips…
Weight Loss Sabotage Tip #1
You might not like this one but you’re going to see huge changes with this recommendation. Take out alcohol for the next several weeks and notice the difference it makes especially with your midsection.
The problem with alcohol is not only that it is empty calories with no nutrients but also it takes a serious hit on your metabolism and causes you to store fat rather than burn it.
On top of that our will power gets shot and we tend to eat junk foods we normally wouldn’t otherwise eat so it can definitely be a huge weight loss sabotage factor.
Next time you’re faced with a drink go for a cranberry soda or soda with mint and cucumber and you will feel much better the next day for it.
Weight Loss Sabotage Tip #2
This second tip goes quite a far way because as much as I’m a personal fan of dairy, unfortunately most dairy products like cheese, yogurt, ice cream, frozen yogurt are all connected with unwanted calories (usually in the form of sugar or fat) that make a huge dent in our plan to lose weight.
The smart approach with dairy is is to go for low-fat cottage cheese or whey protein since then you are providing your muscles with lean protein which is the most effective for creating great muscle tone. For a very low calorie but high quality and good tasting protein go for Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion or Optimum 100% Natural Whey.
Weight Loss Sabotage Tip #3
For a while when I tried to cut down on the junk foods one area I didn’t cut down on was sauces. Unfortunately most sauces like ketchup and salad dressings have a ton of oils, sugars and other sabotaging weight loss ingredients.
The tricky part with lots of salad dressings that are fat-free is that they instead have a lot of carbs in the worst form (read my article on How to Read Nutrition Facts Labels).
Weight Loss Sabotage Tip #4
This is probably the biggest saboteur of your weight loss plan and it’s definitely one that has all to do with planning – skipping meals. You simply have to put your foot down with this one and make sure that no matter what you are getting in at the minimum 3 meals each day.
Obviously a lot of us can’t do 5-7 meals a day as it can be tricky with work and running around all the time, but we can and must do 3 meals with 2 hearty snacks like protein smoothies, fruits or nuts.
Weight Loss Sabotage Tip #5
I saved the easiest one for last and that is all about coffee. I know latte’s and mocha’s taste good and give us a boost but the sugar and cream that goes into these drinks can account upwards of 600 calories especially if we have more than one in a day.
I’m not saying don’t have it but at least make sure to have skim milk and use a natural zero-calorie sweetner like stevia to save yourself the grief of a boat load of unwanted calories.