3 of the Biggest Things that Make Us Fat and How to Handle Them
We are constantly bombarded with millions of pieces of information everyday as to how we can lose weight, and what’s causing our weight gain. Day in and day out, there is always some new piece of advice that is going to change everything. The truth is that we as a society are doing just a few things wrong. When we change those few things, we will lose weight automatically. Here are 3 big mistakes that you are probably making.
1. Enormous Portion’s – It’s possible to gain weight eating too much of anything, but with today’s calorie dense foods, it’s even easier. Calorie moderation is key to weight loss, so staying in the range of 1200-1400 calories spread between 4-5 meals per day will make huge strides in your fat burning efforts. You should never eat to the point where you feel sick, just satisfied. Eat slower and spread your meals out and you will lose weight quickly.
2. Escalator Movement – We have become a nation of 5 minute micro-wavers, and 2 minute dishwashers. We choose to make everything easier, and take out any of the hard work that used to force us to maintain a high metabolic rate. The average person today takes about 1,500 steps per day, when the recommended amount is 10,000. From now on make an effort to park a little farther, and take the stairs. I’m not saying that you need to work out 2 hours a day, but live a more active lifestyle. I recommend getting a pedometer so that you can monitor how many steps you take each day to see if you are hitting the goal. Just doing this alone, will help greatly increase your weight loss efforts.
3. Crash Diet Culture – Each day, we are introduced to the next big diet. Whether it be the Atkins diet, the soup diet, the cabbage diet, or whatever; we are always looking for the next big thing. These crash diets and fad diets are constantly messing with our metabolism by artificially making us lose weight, and then causing us to rebound back to above our original weight. Instead of following a crash diet, follow a few simple guidelines. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins each day in moderation. Don’t follow the next big thing, but instead follow what you know is a healthy lifestyle.
Stop jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon; make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle instead of following a fad diet. Eat healthy foods until you are full, live a more active life, and don’t follow the crowd and you will lose weight faster than you ever thought possible.