Those embarking on a weight loss journey, especially after bariatric surgery, must be prepared to face new challenges further in order to achieve their set weight loss goals. Losing weight can be both stressful and tough especially when you don’t see yourself achieving the results. Actually, there are these common diet mistakes that can lead to your weight being stagnated or no weight loss at all.
We have for you some diet mistakes which you must avoid when you are trying to lose weight.
- Not Drinking Enough Water
The juices and sodas that you have been drinking to keep yourself hydrated are the extra calories that you are adding unknowingly. Water helps to cleanse your body of waste, boosts your metabolism and is an appetite suppressant too. Ideally, drinking 7-8 glasses of water a day is considered as good quantity to be consumed, but if you are the one who exercises and sweats a lot, then go ahead and drink some more water. This keeps you hydrated and energetic. You may also add a dash of lime juice as the pectin present in it also helps to fight food cravings.
- Do limited healthy Snacking
Make mindful choices even for snacking, as for weight loss each bite counts. Your weight loss surgery or weight loss journey would be all in vain if you don’t stick to a healthy diet – snack just twice or thrice a day and not more. Make healthy choices, go for fresh fruits, green salads, low calories beverages and roasted options.
- Not Eating Enough Protein
If you are missing on your protein, you cannot lose weight. High protein food intake lowers appetite, boosts metabolism, and changes many weight-regulating hormones. It works in several mechanisms and is one of the most important nutrients for weight loss. Protein has a high thermic effect (the process of digesting and metabolizing food), which is why it boosts metabolism. When ingested in the right amount, you will be able to burn up to 100 calories more each day. Studies have shown that people have dropped their calorie intake by 440 calories each day when they ate the right quantity of protein. It also helps in suppressing late-night snacking.
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So, if you are not losing weight, check whether you are eating your proteins properly – eggs, chicken, almonds, cottage cheese, milk, lean beef, quinoa, lentils are all high in protein.
- Supplements are Important
There are many types of minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals, and essential fatty acids that are required by our body to function healthily. You might think that you are eating healthy by adding fruits, vegetables, beans, fish, grains, etc. but they may not provide you with enough of these necessary minerals and vitamins. This may result in Vitamin deficiency. When your body is not healthy, your body will not function well. This is why it is necessary that you take prescribed nutritional supplements to complete the requirements of your body. When your body is strong internally, it will function and perform well and initiate your weight loss, which you think has been stagnated.
- Exercise and Indulge in Outdoor Activities
For an obese person, losing weight cannot just happen with a restricted diet. The body gets used to the calorie intake at some point and the weight tends to stagnate. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, as less as 30 to 45 minutes of workout would be adequate for you to keep continuity in weight loss. There are many interesting outdoor activities such as swimming, trekking, basketball, rafting, surfing, running,badminton, lawn tennis, football etc. which can help you burn those extra calories instantly. Remember, bariatric surgery that you went through will help you only if you help yourself. So, quit being a slug, put on your sneakers and sweat out those calories.
Follow a balanced diet, drink enough water and include some physical activities in your routine to make your weight loss journey a success.