Numbers never lie – they may fib a little though.
The scale can be a great tool you can use to track your progress on your weight loss journey. But it’s not a great indicator of what’s really going on with your nutrition and how far you are from reaching any goals centered around your nutrition.
While it can be easy to take the number glaring back at you as the end-all-be-all of your body’s current state, the habits you carry out day to day are really what sets the tone for how much weight you’re actually able to lose.
But what happens when you don’t see the results you hope to see the next time you jump on the scale? Or what if you hit a brick wall and can’t make the numbers move any further or at all? The culprit here is most likely the way you’re handling your nutrition. Let’s check out three of the most common mistakes many dieters make when they set out to drop the pounds.
Slow it down – you’re expecting too much, too fast
The class reunion, your friend’s wedding, or that big company formal are rearing their ugly heads and the pressure is ON to lose the weight and lose it FAST. So you frantically count every single calorie, obsess over every morsel, and basically become a walking nightmare to be around. You think you’re doing a great job and you expect the weight to magically slide right off starting week 1 but get a rude awakening when nothing happens. WHY?! You’re expecting results too fast. Your body is a well-oiled machine and you need to give it time to adjust and adapt. It took you this long to put ON the weight, why would it be easier to get it OFF? Consistency is key. Before you know it, you’ll be in a better place because you stuck to it instead of expecting overnight success.
A deficit knows best
Through the low-fat, low-carb, soup diet, cabbage diet, cayenne pepper shot diet, and the countless other fads in the diet world, one fact has always remained constant – if you burn more calories than you consume, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. This one simple rule has been buried under diet bars, magic pills, and melt-your-fat myths that have had this ratio at their core, but never really emphasized it. It’s simple science. If you burn more than you consume, there will be a deficit. In the deficit is where the weight comes off. That’s it. No big mystery. Put in less calories, burn more calories.
Do you even protein, BRO?
Abs are most definitely made in the kitchen and you can’t outwork a bad diet. These are just a few of the ways in which it’s painfully obvious that nutrition plays a major role in your fitness and weight loss efforts. Where to begin though? Try to focus on eating whole, real foods. There are unlimited amounts of “diet” foods out there that will trick you with clever marketing and fancy packaging. Your body doesn’t need any frills – just whole, real foods. So instead of focusing on the wrong food groups, fill your body’s needs with protein, complex carbs, fiber, and all the veggies you can get your hands on. Not only will your pant size go down, but your overall health and happiness are sure to improve as well.