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7 Reasons you aren’t Burning Enough Fat

Losing fat isn’t just about doing the right things for it, it also involves avoiding the mistakes that make losing fat harder. Here are some reasons that might be keeping you from burning enough fat.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba KhaliqNov 17, 2014

The Unfinished Resolutions of Losing Fat

Years and years of trying to get rid of extra body fat has only left us yo-yoing between high motivations and crumbling at the sight of cookies. There has been little or no success resulting in unfinished fat-loss resolutions and disappointments with gymming. Losing fat might be the most common fitness goal for many, but it’s not easy to achieve. While all the things you do right count big time, things you do wrong also do. If you haven’t won the fat-burning fight for a long time, it’s probably because you’re making one or more of the mistakes that follow.

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You’re Eating Too Much

It is a very common mistake to not really know how many calories you’re actually eating. For example, ordering a salad might seem like a healthy choice, but you could be getting a 600-calorie meal without even realizing it; thanks to all those sauces, dressings, ketchup, and oils. Especially if you don't regularly cook at home, you're probably eating more calories than you think.

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You’re not Eating Enough Protein

Proteins not only help build and repair muscle tissue, it also keeps you full for longer so that you feel less hungry throughout the day. A 2003 study published in "Journal of Nutrition" found that, even though two groups of overweight women consumed an identical number of calories, the group whose members consumed a diet including 128 grams of protein per day lost more weight than members of the group consuming 68 grams of protein.

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You’re Drinking Too Much

The only liquid your body really needs is water. A steady stream of sugary beverages, including your favourite mocktails, coffee, tea, and sometimes milk, will undermine fat-loss. That hazelnut flavoured latte can give you up to 300 additional calories every morning, you are making an enough challenging task of losing fat harder.

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You’re not Training Intense Enough

As you get better trained, you need to push yourself hard at the gym every time. If fat-loss is your goal, you have to create an extreme energy demand so your body can change. Lifting the same light weights day after day will not help you do this or meet any of your other physique goals.

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You’re Doing Too Much Less-Intensity Cardio

A two-hour treadmill slog will not produce the same results as an intense hour of heavy lifting will. If you want to perform cardio that will do you some good, make some of your workouts full-body workouts with short rest periods.

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You’re Stressed

Stress produces excessive cortisol in your body, elevated levels of which are responsible for increased body fat storage and other negative consequences. Even if your diet and training are perfect, excessive stress can keep you from achieving those fat-loss goals.

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You’re not Sleeping Enough

Similar to stress, lack of sleep elevates cortisol, which is a complete no-no for fat loss. Your insulin sensitivity also decreases when you're short on sleep. Both these problems combined, create a less-than-optimal fat-loss environment.

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