5 Fat Loss Mistakes You Need To Stop Making In Time For Summer
Summer is almost upon us, and developing healthy habits now will ensure that you’re beach-ready once the warmer arrives. However, with so many dieting myths and fitness tips circulating social media and popular news websites it can be confusing and difficult to discern what advice you should follow and which you shouldn’t. To help you transform your body, we debunk 5 fat common loss mistakes and how you can avoid them.
The age-old myth of whether skipping breakfast can have an impact on your fat loss is highly contested. However, those that eat breakfast have a better distribution of calories and portion control, as skipping breakfast will often result in overeating at lunch or dinnertime, as well as regular snacking to compensate. Eating breakfast also helps to jump-starts your metabolism, which has a positive impact on glucose levels and your concentration levels. The key is to consume a breakfast that is high in protein and fibre, to help you feel fuller for longer and curb those sugar cravings.
Not Reading the Fine Print
With so many products marketed as organic, fat-free, low in sugar or ‘healthy,’ we often take this labelling at face value and forget to check the nutritional information on the back of the packaging. Some of the worst culprits include; fat-free yoghurt, muesli bars, bottled fruit juices, fruit breads and some types of protein shakes. These seemingly harmless products are often sugar-laden and low in nutritional value, which is counterproductive towards your fat loss goals and will often lead you to gain weight without even knowing it!
Not Drinking Enough Water
It has been proven that staying hydrated is essential to helping you shred extra fat. Regularly sipping on H2O increases the amount of calories you burn as part of your resting energy expenditure – the fat loss process that occurs when you’re not doing any physical activity. A study confirmed that in adults, resting energy expenditure has been shown to increase by 34-40% within 10 minutes of drinking water, and this process occurs for at least 60 minutes. If you find it difficult to consume enough water throughout the day try adding a few slices of lemon, cucumber or mint to help give it an extra zest.
Only Doing Cardio Exercises
While engaging cardio based exercises is crucial to maintaining good health, there has been growing evidence which suggests that running on the treadmill for hours on end is not the best method of exercise for fat loss. High intensity interval training (HIIT) has been recognised as the most effective forms of cardio as it burns more fat in smaller amount of time due to the high impact nature. Interestingly enough, a study from the Journal of Obesity noted that HIIT may play a part in decreasing abdominal fat stores around the stomach – the area so many of us struggle to lose weight around.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Many of us overlook the importance of a good night’s rest when it comes to shedding unwanted body fat. The science behind sleep deprivation is that not enough shuteye triggers a cortisol spike. This stress hormone then signals your body to conserve energy to help fuel you for your waking hours. Researchers have also found that when dieters cut back on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55%, even though their calories stayed equal. They felt hungrier and less satisfied after meals, and their energy was zapped – so be sure to prioritise your to help keep unwanted calories at bay.
While avoiding the mistakes mentioned above will help to speed up the weight loss process, the fat loss journey is one that requires discipline and patience. For those who seek immediate and long-lasting body sculpting results targeting pockets of stubborn fat that can’t seem to be shifted, SculpSure is the smarter choice. As a non-invasive laser technology that is FDA cleared and TGA listed, it is designed to help reduce excess body fat in just 25 minutes treatment sessions. Treatments work by using lasers to raise the temperature of fat cells and destroy them, revealing a more sculpted and more toned physique in the following weeks.
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