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6 weight loss traps that are sabotaging your slimming efforts

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 8/07/2018 Hannah Moran
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As tricky as it can be to come up with a healthy diet and lifestyle plan, it can be even harder to stick to it.

If you’re giving it your all and still not seeing results, these known traps may be what’s holding you back.

Here are 6 weight loss traps that could be preventing you from losing weight:

1. Constantly watching the weighing scales

You should never measure your progress solely on the weighing scales results. Your weight fluctuates naturally throughout the day and constantly monitoring it won’t help.

Muscle mass weighs more than fat, so when you build up muscle, your body will be fitter and healthier, but you may not be lighter on the scales. So forget the numbers and focus on how you feel and how well your clothes fit! 

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2. You know what you should eat, but you don’t do it

You know what healthy foods you should be eating and exercise you should be doing, but you avoid it at all costs.

Chances are, if you keep viewing healthy eating and exercise as a negative, you’ll probably continue to avoid it. 

Don’t tell yourself you can’t have this or that. Focus on the positive and say to yourself you’ll drink more water or eat more greens. 

3. ‘She’s so lucky, she never puts on weight’

Jealousy of others or shaming can be a big block for people, especially if they feed the negativity by constantly comparing themselves to others.

While it’s true that some people are blessed with speedy metabolisms, that’s just life. You can’t constantly pit your weight loss progress against someone else.

4. Rewarding yourself with bad or cheat food

When having a bad day it can seem like an easy option to go for a takeway and snack on chocolate and ice cream, but using food as a reward is never a good idea.

When you finish a ‘bad’ meal, you don’t feel any better, you may even feel worse knowing you let your efforts go to waste.

5. Loosing weight on a crash diet

While looking for a quick fix may seem like the easier option, losing weight takes time, and going on an extreme diet will do your body more harm than good.

Yo-yo dieting can harm your body on the inside, and dramatic weight in a short space of time could lead you to put it all on again once you come off the diet.

6. ‘I’ll start tomorrow’

Famous last words if ever there was one. Putting off your new healthier diet isn’t going to help you to get motivated to follow threw with it.

If you keep putting it off to start next week or month, pretty soon you’ll start telling yourself to wait until next year. 


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