A lot of my clients tell me they’re able to lose a certain amount of weight right off the start of a new diet, and then they plateau and they can’t lose anymore.
They’re frustrated and wondering what they’re doing wrong because they feel that they’re doing all the right things.
They’re working so hard to say NO to to all the things they want to eat and they’re working out 5 days a week....and yet the scale won’t budge. What gives?
They’re so tempted to give up, and yet they also know that if they do, they’ll feel even worse.
Since this is such a common frustration, and I want to help people get their efforts to work in their favour, I decided to put together a list of lingering habits that people commonly hang onto.
I’ve got a lot of great information here for you, so I’m going to break this list into two separate posts, for this week and next week.
1. You Overeat Healthy Foods
Just because a food is "healthy" doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you want. Some of the healthiest foods out there, like nuts, avocados and dark chocolate are good for you, but if they’re eaten in excess, they can lead to weight gain. When you eat more macronutrients than you need at one time, anything in excess is stored as fat.
2. You Haven’t Removed Temptation
Every successful plan should start with one thing: cleaning out the old and making room for the new. You need to get rid of the goal-destroying temptations in your cupboards and fridge and fill them with the healthier options. This is why I teach people how to do a kitchen clean out from the get-go in my programs.
3. You’re Not Eating Enough
It sounds like it would help, but under-fueling your body is actually just as harmful as over-fueling. Many of us have wrongfully believed that eating as little as possible in an attempt for quick weight loss, is the best solution. Not only can this lead to nutritional deficiencies, but it can actually have the opposite effect on weight loss because when you severely reduce calorie intake, the body holds onto fat and uses muscle stores as energy, which can slow metabolism.
4. You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Regardless of eating well and working out, without the proper sleep, long-term weight loss will still be hard to achieve. There’s a strong connection between weight gain and sleep deprivation, and this is because of the increased levels of your body’s stress (and fat-storing) hormone cortisol. It also sabotages the efficiency of your hunger-regulating hormones.
5. You Have All-Or-Nothing Thinking
Have you ever noticed that whenever you start a diet, you automatically begin obsessing about the foods you “can’t” have?
Now, you suddenly want them more than you did before your diet, and if you do have some, you feel that you’ve totally blown it and you might as well give up and eat the whole cake. Having an attitude of “I can have that piece of cake, I’m just choosing not to,” is way more helpful and puts you more in control.
If you do have a piece now and then, no worries, be ok with it and get right back on track. Wallowing in guilt and shame will only keep you from your goals and keep you stuck in a cycle of self-disappointment.
If this has been your issue, I encourage you to follow the steps above and let me know of any changes you see. I'll be back next week with the remaining tips!
Until next time,
May Anne xo
P.S. If you want my support and guidance, as well as personalized tips and strategies to help you lose the weight easier (without dieting), send me an email HERE and we'll set up a complimentary 20 minute Discovery Call. We'll chat and see if we'll be a good fit!
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.