Are you struggling to lose weight, despite your ongoing diet and exercise routine? You may be inadvertently following some detrimental habits that could be sabotaging your success. Many people make hidden mistakes during their weight loss journey – and they may not even know they’re making them.
Perceived Calories vs. Real Calories
Even if you’re keeping a mental list of everything you’ve eaten in a day, you may still be consuming more than you mean to. People tend to underestimate the amount of calories their food contains, leading to higher intake levels and lackluster weight loss results. At WildBerryMD, we have tracking apps that can help you keep an eye on your diet and accurately total the number of calories you eat per day. Our clients have seen major results by cutting just 100-200 calories a day from their current intake.
You’ve counted the calories from your sandwich – but what about the mayonnaise, ketchup, or aioli? We find that eating ‘hidden’ calories from items like condiments and creamy salad dressings can make a big impact on weight loss. Also, coffee creamer is a culprit as well when it comes to hidden calories. Instead of these calorie-heavy additives, try fresh lemon with a dash of olive oil, fresh cilantro and pepper. You can also sample dressings that are low in carbs and fat to achieve your weight loss goals.
Low Protein Intake
If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, you may be feeling hungrier more often and eating more calories to compensate. Lean and organic sources of protein like chicken, fish, eggs, turkey, grass fed beef, and vegan burgers can be a huge help. On average, adult women need 60 grams of protein per day, while men need 75. Getting enough protein is so important for your metabolic functions, and it’ll help you feel fuller for longer.
Eating Out Too Often
It can be a lot of fun to go out to dinner with friends, but it’s hard to know the exact additives, oils, or dressings that went into making your meal. It’s completely fine to eat out every so often, but try to make the majority of your meals at home. If you’re strapped for time, try easy options like lean turkey, chicken or salmon burgers. Add healthy steamed vegetables or green salad to boost your veggie intake, and make enough for 2-3 days to reduce the amount of cooking you’ll need to do throughout the week.
Many people are their own worst enemies when it comes to weight loss. When you criticize yourself for eating an unhealthy meal or not reaching your goal weight as quickly as you would like, you’re only setting yourself up to feel even worse. Research shows that staying positive and recognizing your accomplishments is much more beneficial than needless self-critiques. No matter what happens, you are making real lifestyle changes and taking steps in the right direction.
Using Products and Plans that Are Not Right for You
Everyone’s metabolisms and lifestyles are different. The weight loss plan that works for a friend or neighbor may not work for you. WildBerryMD uses personalized science based on your health history, medications, lifestyle, age, and possible hormonal imbalances to create a customized weight loss plan. Getting the right nutrients and medications is key to long term weight loss. We use FDA approved medications that will get results and help you recalibrate your metabolism.
Ditch unhealthy habits and achieve your weight loss goals with WildBerryMD. To schedule an appointment with our professional staff of medical weight loss doctors and coaches in Tucson, call (520) 762-1557 or send us a message here.You can also catch up with us on Facebook and Instagram.