You eat healthy most of the time….you have some protein, veggies, some carbs on the side, and some fruit here and there. Then you have a drink or 2 during the week, you grab some chips at work, and maybe have just once slice of cake on the weekend. But for some reason, you are still not getting the results you want. You exercise, but you find yourself bored with your routine, and nothing in your body has changed.
So what is the issue here?
When trying to lose body fat or weight in general, you have to analyze your current eating and exercise habits. You cannot get away with the same eating and exercise habits you've had for the past 5 years,and expect change to happen.
So, here are 5 habits that may be preventing you from losing body fat.
You're snacking through out the day. I don't measure every single meal anymore….but when I am trying to achieve a specific goal- I do. Just 23 almonds are 165 calories, and 15 grams of fat. Its good fat, but imagine eating 5 portions of that. It adds up! (I had to learn the hard way)
You're eating until you are stuffed. It takes your stomach about 20 minutes to actually sense that you are full. If you eat until you are full, you might actually miss those cues and over eat. I also prefer not to go to bed on a full stomach- give your body time to digest your food before going to sleep.
Drinking alcohol every night. You don't have to cut out ALL alcohol, but you do have to cut down. Not only are you giving your body "empty" calories, but you'll most likely wake up puffy eyed and feeling groggy. Your liver will not thank you. Leave your 1-2 glasses of wine or beer for the weekend if you absolutely need it.
Your workouts are slacking. You don't always break a sweat, you never get sore and you are using the same weight you've been using for the past 5 years. Step your game up and PICK UP the intensity. Short and intense workouts are much more effective than long drawn out sessions on the treadmill.
You're eating too many "meal replacement bars". I love protein bars- they taste delicious! But it is very easy to begin relying on them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Limit to having one a day, and make sure its has at least 20 grams of protein. If the bar is mostly made out of granola or sugary carbs... toss it!