#1 Office Sedation… Do you work at a desk all day??! If you work hard and are zoned in all day in front of a computer, try getting up at least once an hour it will help increase your metabolism by 18% — Or just become a fidgeter and increase your metabolism by 54%
#2 Not Getting Enough Sleep!! This is a BIG one folks! Have you ever noticed that after a rough night with little sleep the next day your will power is zilch and you keeping reaching for sugar and carbs. There are actual scientific tests that prove that a lack of sleep causes your body to go into a carb and fat craving survival mode. Try going to bed 7.5 hours prior to when you need to wake up… If you wake up on your own you can work with 7 hours if you need and alarm you need 8+ hours. Maybe try this on a night when you’re NOT already playing catch up…
#3 Eating Too Quickly… SLOW Down! You’re not racing and there are no awards for finishing first! Take the time to savor and enjoy every bite of your food! This will help your body signal you that you are FULL sooner before you have already over eaten.
#4 Skipping Meals… You will NOT save calories by skipping meals EVER! It only causes your body to go into starvation mode, making you hungrier and more likely to overeat at your next meal. Plus skipping meals will seriously lower your metabolism! Eating smaller meals all day will keep your metabolism revved up all day!
#5 Mindless Eating… We are ALL guilty of this, your kids didn’t finish their lunch so you eat those last few bites of PB&J so it doesn’t get wasted… Or I’ll just have a handful of M&M’s while I’m standing in the pantry trying to figure out what to make for dinner… Sound Familiar!?!? Those small little seemingly harmless splurges can add up and derail your progress. Stay focused! Make sure you are always cognizant of what you’re putting in your mouth! (That’s what she said…) I know you were thinking it 😉
#6 Too Many Liquid Calories… One recent study found that Americans get 21% of their calories from liquids! That is crazy! Do yourself a favor and DON’T drink your calories! Unless it’s one of my yummy healthy protein shakes 😉
Here are some Common Beverage Caloric Stats — They add up fast folks!
- 12-ounce light beer:at 110 calories
- 12-ounce regular beer: 160 calories
- 8-ounce coffee with cream and sugar: 30 calories
- 5 ounces of wine: 120-130 calories
- 6-ounce wine spritzer: 80 calories
- 12-ounce diet soda: 0 calories
- 12-ounce soda: 150 calories
- 20-ounce smoothie: 410 calories
Well there you have it! Good luck and keep up the good work! If you keep doing the work and you don’t give up the results WILL come! So don’t give up!! A Weight loss journey is just that a journey!! It takes time and hard work over time to see BIG results! But every day you’re getting stronger and closer to your goal! So keep at it! 🙂