When you're trying to lose weight, you will always hear people talk about counting calories. The basic rule you're constantly being told is "the less calories is better". Sometimes, this doesn't work though. Here are 6 things to consider when you're trying to keep the weight off by counting calories:
1. Starvation Leads to Slow Metabolism
When you're on a short-term diet and you're restricting your calorie intake to only about 1000 calories a day, you will definitely lose weight fast. But after this short-term diet, you will gain all the weight back just as fast. This is because your body's metabolism slows down and you end up storing all the calories instead of using them. This will lead to more weight gain in the long run.
2. Overcompensation For Skipped Meals
When you skip a meal like breakfast, you tend to get hungrier throughout the day. This will lead you to snack unnecessarily and also to eat a bigger lunch or dinner. The enemy of any weightloss plan is an over-sized portion of food. Eating breakfast consistently will reduce the need to overeat at lunch, thus you'll stay well within your recommended calorie range and still manage to stay on track with your weightloss goals.
3. Snacking Way Too Much
Some people are very good at keeping track of their calories during meal times, but tend to completely overlook what they're snacking on in between. These snacks can be very calorie-heavy if they're sweets or biscuits. Snacking is not a bad thing, just as long as you're taking those snack calories into consideration.
4. Not Snacking Enough
Snacking can maintain a higher metabolism, especially if you're snacking on nuts. Nuts are rich in protein and can actually help you on your weightloss journey. Smart snacking is the way to go, because all those calories are useful calories that will go towards ultimate weightloss.
5. Drinking Too Many Calories
If you're a fan of drinks after work, or even soft drinks at mealtime, you may be packing in more calories than you realise. Liquid calories are easy to let slip because you don't realise you're consuming any. But every cocktail and every sugary drink it heavily laden with enough calories to equate to a small meal. Many people don't realise just how many calories their drinks contain. Which is why, as a rule of thumb, drink water whenever you can.
6. Setting Yourself Up To Fail
The media bombards us all with imagery of all these slim, sometimes skinny, celebrities. And we want nothing more than to look like that after our weightloss journeys. We want to be slim too. It isn't impossible, most of the time. But it is impossible to do it in 2 weeks. Setting unrealistic goals is the surest way to make sure we don't ever achieve those goals. Small goals matter still matter. Set yourself achievable goals and you'll keep winning.
At the end of the day, a huge part of losing weight is self-acceptance. When you accept your bad habits, you're taking the first step to changing them. And when you accept that you have to make lifestyle changes, you're on the first step to keeping the weight off. On your journey towards these weightloss goals, always remember to be kind to yourself, because sometimes that's all it takes to keep yourself motivated.