The 5 Habits that are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals
If you think you’re doing everything right and you’re still not losing weight, it’s possible one of these habits might be sabotaging your efforts. Take a look!
Out-Eating Your Workouts
The Problem: Physical activity burns calories, but it is easy to overeat to compensate. It could be because exercise makes you hungrier!
The Solution: Stave off hunger during your workout with a snack 2 to 4 hours before, and fill up on veggies such as carrot sticks or grape tomatoes (A protein shake is rarely necessary for supporting your muscles). Pro tip: The Lark Health App can track your nutrition just by talking to it!
Taking the Weekends Off
The Problem: You work hard five days a week to eat right, but you let loose Friday evening and take a weight loss break through Sunday!
The Solution: Instead of losing discipline the entire weekend, keep it to a cheat meal once a week. A special occasion, such as a night out with friends, is a good time to have your cheat meal. Pro tip: The Lark Health App can text with you to coach you through tough cravings.
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Letting Social Time Pack on Pounds
The Problem: Time with friends often includes dining at a restaurant or bar. It is natural to go with the flow, but that means you can end up eating way more than you would have.
The Solution: Find something else to do: No worries if your friends still want to meet for a meal. Just stay aware and order smart. Restaurant? Salad with grilled chicken or minestrone soup. You might be surprised to find that your friends admire your commitment and decide to follow your healthy lead! Pro tip: If you and your friends have the Lark Health App, you can share your meal history together to see if it's time to cheat, or time to stay disciplined.
Mistaking “Gluten-Free” for “Healthy”
The Problem: Gluten is a protein in grains. You may be avoiding gluten for health reasons, such as because you have celiac or such products do not agree with you (think stomach aches!). Avoiding gluten may be necessary for you, but being “gluten-free” does not make a food good for weight loss. Gluten-free cereals, breads, and flours can be refined and low in fiber and antioxidants!
The Solution: Check the label for “whole grain” if you are buying a gluten-free grain, and remember serving sizes. Gluten-free grains are just as high in carbs and calories! Pro tip: The Lark Health App tracks your food quality just by talking to it, and gives you immediate feedback!
Skimping on Sleep
Why is it so hard to take care of ourselves? You know sleep is good; it gives you energy and helps you think clearly. If you are like most people, though, you skimp. Here’s something that may motivate you to put sleep a little higher on your priority list: it will help you lose weight. Getting enough sleep suppresses a hunger hormone, helps you fight sugar cravings, and normalizes blood sugar. For a side benefit, getting more sleep can lower diabetes risk. Pro tip: You guessed it! The Lark Health App also tracks how much sleep you're getting with the low motion sensors on your phone, so you can keep on top of how that relates to your energy levels and even self discipline!