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This is why you’re overweight

Posted by: [email protected] on February 24, 2016

The world of weight loss can be confusing, filled with fad diets, calorie counting, and exercise plans that seem to get stranger every year. That’s why we’re here to clear a few things up for you. Here’s 6 things you should change to drop the pounds – and keep them off!

1. You’re not snacking smart.

You probably don’t actually need to snack between meals at all, if you’re eating regular, nutritionally-balanced meals. But if you do feel the need to snack, pick something filling and protein-based for a healthier option than breaking out the sweets.

2. The struggle between eating for your body and #treatyoself

Everyone deserves a little indulgence every now and then, but it’s no good rewarding all your good work with a junk food binge. A treat is exactly that – a treat. So don’t scoff the entire block of chocolate in one go just because it’s there. Learning to stop after a little of whatever your (not-so-guilty) pleasure might be  is key to successfully keeping off the kilos.

3. You’re not eating enough vegetables

Make one meal a day all about your 5 a day – by increasing your vegetable intake you’ll not only get all those good vitamins and fibre, but you’ll eat less overall. In fact, studies have shown that people who ate a salad or soup with their meal ate 100 less calories.

4. You’re skipping meals

You might think that by skipping meals, you’ll eat less calories, and therefore lose weight. But by skipping meals, the body’s metabolism slows down and stores more fat. You’re also more likely to overeat later to compensate, plus you’ll have less energy to get to that workout. It’s far better to eat regularly, but to make sure what you are eating is a healthy choice.

5. You’re not drinking enough water

Studies have suggested that those who drink water before a meal lose more weight, although scientists don’t agree on whether the water itself is causing the weight loss, or whether it’s just associated with behaviours that then cause it. Either way, it’s a good habit to get into. If you’re dehydrated, you’re likely to eat more – so next time you feel peckish, drink some water first, wait a while and then whether you’re actually hungry. And if you make water your drink of choice, you’re less likely to go for high-calorie options like juices and soft drinks.

6. You’re hitting the gym but not the kitchen

Regular exercise is fantastic for our bodies in all sorts of ways. But for those looking to lose a few, all the exercise in the world won’t have any effect if you’re not eating right. Make sure to focus on making changes to your eating habits as well as your workouts.

 

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