Childhood obesity has shockingly gone up by 400% over the past 300 years. Weight loss can seem to be pretty very hard to achieve. Sometimes we feel like we’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results. We may actually be hindering our progress by following misguided or out-dated advice. Here are 5 common mistakes we make when trying to lose weight.
1. Skipping meals
One of the most common weight loss mistakes is skipping meals. Skipping meals slows down our metabolism and also makes us much more likely to snack and overeat later in the day.
2. Restricting yourself too much
One of the most common pieces of advice for weight loss is to reduce portion sizes. It works when it is done right. But if we reduce portion sizes in such a manner that we are constantly feeling hungry then it’s obviously unhealthy! Also when our calorie intake is too low, our metabolism slows down which makes it harder to lose weight.
3. Lacking proper hydration
Are we drinking enough water? Well, probably not. The more hydrated we are, the better we feel and perform. If we are having below-optimal levels of hydration then it can vastly impede brain function, both from the perspective of cognitive function and the regulation of the nervous system. More water intake also leads to increased fat loss through improved kidney function and improved metabolic processes of fat loss.
4. Doing too much exercise
As soon as we think of weight loss techniques, the most common thing that comes to our mind is doing exercise. But, it is a classic mistake to do way too much exercise. With exercise, we might be burning some calories for a particular hour. But our body is slowly burning less and fewer calories the other 23 hours of the day which can eventually halt any progress we are making.
5. Having cheat days and cheat meals
Almost everyone might have said at some point, “Today is my cheat day!” Of course, you can have a cheat day but remember that having cheats days and cheat meals are a weight loss mistake which you should avoid. Just imagine having a few days of sticking to the diet and then a cheat day with lots of carbs, vegetable oil, and sugar. Well, isn’t it obvious that cheat days is one of the biggest weight loss mistakes?
Child obesity can lead to reduced confidence and depression. One of the finest tactics to prevent childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of the entire family as most children do what they see.