Tired of weighing yourself everyday and still not losing weight?

Have you increased your duration of exercise to 1.5 hours instead of 1 hour and still not losing weight?

Hold on!!

Maybe you are making some blunders in your regime that is not allowing you to lose weight.
Weight loss and weight management can get tricky, especially, if we don’t understand the science behind it. Sometimes we feel that in spite of putting so much effort, we are not getting results? This is because a few mistakes in our weight loss journey don’t let us reach our health goals.

A few of these mistakes which people commonly make while trying to lose weight.

1. Having an unrealistic weight goal

Very often, people want to achieve weight loss very fast and they set expectations which are not healthy. For e.g., losing 10kg in 10days. This is a highly unrealistic weight goal expectation. To achieve these unrealistic expectations, we tend to take extreme measures and harm our health in the long run. Consistency is the key when it comes to weight loss. We should try and make small healthy changes gradually every day to achieve a healthy weight loss. A healthy target for weight loss should be around 2kg to 3kg of weight loss per month which is realistic and achievable too.

2. Weighing yourself every day and just focusing on the weighing scale numbers

Weight loss is not just about the numbers on the weighing scale. Weight on the scale can even fluctuate because of water loss or retention. The more important thing is your body composition and fat loss.
Go for a body composition analysis before, during your weight loss regime. This will help you understand if you are actually losing fat and gaining muscles or you are losing only water and muscles. Also, waist and hip measurements before, during and after your weight loss regime gives a better picture. This is because if you have lost ‘inches’ then that means you are losing fat.

3. Skipping meals or starving to lose weight

Skipping meals can induce nutrients deficiency and drain people of their stamina who are trying to lose weight. Instead of cutting down on meals drastically, it is important to include quality wholesome meals which include enough protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals along with complex carbohydrates and fats.

4. Having a regime that is not doable with their daily routine

Not everyone can follow intermittent fasting if they are used to eating frequently and vice versa. Or not everyone can workout in the gym or do yoga if they like to go for brisk walks. A nutrition regime should be customised as per your work schedule and lifestyle pattern. We often tend to follow a friend’s nutrition regime but it may not work with our eating and exercise pattern and therefore not yield the same result and makes us question what went wrong. Therefore, it is important to carve a regime that works for us.

5. Increasing your physical activity but not taking care of nutrition

This is one of the most common mistakes that people make while following a weight loss regime. They increase their physical activity levels but their diet remains the same. This doesn’t help as along with exercise; the protein and fibre intake also have to be increased. A well-planned nutrition regime is a must for sustainable weight loss. Supplements which provide high protein content and fibre along with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients like Good Nutrition’s Smoothie Mix can also be added to support your goal of weight loss.

These are some of the commonest mistakes done by weight watchers. So, if you are trying to lose weight, avoid the mistakes listed above and work your way towards a more consistent and wholesome way of weight loss.

Good Nutrition

Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator

Nidhi Makharia Agarwal is a qualified nutritionist and dietitian, as well as a certified Diabetes educator, with 12+ years of experience in the field of nutrition. She has worked in various nutraceutical companies and also as a nutrition writer and practicing nutritionist. Nidhi started her training as an intern with the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital and the Wadia Children Hospital in Mumbai. She has worked with a leading Indian nutraceutical company for 8 years. Currently, Nidhi has her own venture; The Aahar Clinic for healthy living, which she founded in 2018. She has also lent her expertise as a nutrition counsellor to a diabetes project co-initiated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Indian Dietetic Association. Additionally, she works with food and nutrition start-ups as a nutrition consultant. Nidhi holds a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics. She is also a certified diabetes educator. Nidhi is based in Mumbai.

 
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