Mar 03, 2017
What is the first thing that pops in your head when you sit down to make a plan for weight loss? Going on diet, joining a gym or following a celebrity diet plan? Well, no matter what adventure you choose to go ahead with; sooner or later you’ll realise that it was a big mistake. Change is certainly not easy but you can grapple with it by making a small start and gradually incorporating more changes while you adjust to the previous ones. Even if you find a perfect weight plan for yourself, it would be hard to stick to it for a long time. Below are few things that you should never do if you’re starting a new diet.
If you think cutting dairy or gluten products completely from your diet will help you achieve your weight loss goals, you may want to think again. Ditching certain foods or foods groups entirely does more harm than good, besides, it can mess with your weight loss goals. When you restrict yourself from eating something especially something you’re very fond of, it only increases your cravings for that restricted food. Eventually, you binge on the restricted food when you get the chance.
If you’re serious about your weight loss plan, instead of ignoring your hunger cues, you should learn to respond to your own hunger and fullness signals. If you feel fuller after eating a portioned out meal, you are more likely to stick to your new diet over for a long time. Feelings of deprivation is the last thing you need, if you don’t want to throw yourself off the healthy-eating bandwagon. Therefore, even when you’re trying to lose weight it is imperative that you eat to your satisfaction. Don’t be hard on yourself and be responsive to your needs.
If you think going balls to the wall from day one is the only way to follow a diet and exercise regime, you’re wrong. You can easily do that by incorporating the changes into your life in phases. In fact, it won’t be wrong to tag it as the ideal way for incorporating any sort of change in life. So, be smart and make changes to your diet and exercise habits at a pace you’re comfy with.
To religiously follow a new diet and exercise plan, you need more time and effort but that doesn’t mean that you’ve to sacrifice your sleep to workout. A good sleep is what keeps your hunger and satiety hormones in balance and besides, it is when your muscles are repaired. Don’t let your workout spoil your sleep cycle. If that’s not enough for you to understand why should get proper sleep, you may want to read what a recent study has to say about it. According to the study, when people didn't get enough sleep, they ate an average of 385 more calories than usual the next day.
Not fond of running yet you’ve included it in your workout plan because it burns more calories than yoga? You’re more likely to to put off your workout and you may not burn any extra calories at all. Finding it hard to follow what we mean with that? Well, when it comes to workout plans, always include exercises that you enjoy because that will help you burn more calories. Image source : Getty