WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #1: YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A QUICK FIX AND WANT TO “TRICK” YOUR BODY INTO LOSING WEIGHT.
99% of diets are set up to play a little TRICK on your body and manipulate it into losing weight. This is usually done by cutting out a macronutrient group (think protein, carbs or fat) or limiting calories. This ALWAYS sets you up for failure, since you can only trick the body in the short term and it will always end up rebelling back, but often with a few extra pounds.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #2: OVER EXERCISING WHILE CUTTING CALORIES
Too much exercise, especially when the diet is poor or calories are too low is a sure way to send your body running for safety by slowing the metabolism.
When there is a chronic energy deficit (fewer calories coming in than going out), over time the body starts thinking food is scarce. This results in the body holding on to fat as a way to protect itself. To make an analogy, think of your body like a house. If you’re not making enough money to pay your electricity bill, what do you do? Well, you turn down the heat in your house to compensate. The body operates in a similar way.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #3: A LOW PROTEIN DIET.
A diet low in protein will s-l-o-w weight loss. WHY? The liver and detoxification processes are PROTEIN DEPENDENT. Not to mention a healthy liver is a prerequisite to proper blood sugar management and conversion of thyroid hormones.
So reconsider a low protein or vegan diet if you’re looking for long-term health.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #4: YOU CUT OUT ALL THINGS CATEGORIZED AS “SUGAR.” While cutting sugars like high fructose corn syrup, fake sweeteners, and agave is great, some people take this too far and also cut out truly nourishing sugar—fruits, fresh fruit juices, maple syrup, molasses, & honey. Cutting out sugar completely can send your metabolism into a tail spin, hindering your body’s ability to store glycogen.
WEIGHT LOSS MISTAKE #5: DEPRIVING YOUR BODY.
In my practice excessive weight gain signifies a pretty severe nutritional deficit. How do you resolve a deficit? (Hint: it’s not by limiting depriving your body of nutrients (limiting calories= restricting nutrients). I mean if you think of your