4 Habits that Cause the Rebound Effect
Don't want to be part of the majority that keeps forgetting to stay on their diet? Or even worse, did a great diet for a couple of weeks and started seeing the results, but now seems like you're bouncing back on the lost pounds? Keep reading, you'll find the four common habits that might be derailing you from your way towards healthy eating and shed some pounds.
Every new year we hear the same resolutions... the most common... weight loss. By the time the clock hit the 12 o'clock spot many of us decided that with new times came a new lifestyle. And it was a good resolution... if you kept a good diet and stayed compromised to it, hopefully even did some exercise... but by the time we reach February or March (sometimes mid-January) those resolutions magically turn into long lost promises in the back of our minds.
Making the decision to lose weight might be harder than it seems; in reality the hardest part is getting used to eating healthy foods, doing exercise and avoiding diet rebounds; this can only happen if you change any bad habits.
Many nutritionists agree that the first step to a successful weight loss is by establishing a timetable to define how many pounds you want to lose and for how long you want to do this (try to make it as long as you can, say... forever?... trust me, the outcome could be giving you more years to live). This timetable is essential to reduce the possibility of any diet rebounds. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine offers information of what are four habits to avoid and not waste your figure:
- Temptations/Cravings: Keep your goal close to your heart, think of the good outcome this is bringing to your life. It is also positive to learn to differentiate between good and bad fats; find out how to achieve a balance between the two, this could be the key to maintaining your weight loss.
- Avoiding stairs: This is easier to happen when you feel like you are off track from your diet. So, try to befriend the stairs instead of opting for the elevator. Besides, being a good cardiovascular exercise, it will also help you know when those "extra pounds" are coming back.
- Overeating: Once you've lost weight it is easy to believe that all is well in paradise, making you believe that you "deserve" a bigger portion of your favorite dish, which exceeds the daily intake of calories.
- Quitting the gym: Your body is always doing one of two things, building muscle or burning calories. So by having met you weight loss goal is no excuse to give up your exercise routine and stop from checking the scale. Also, exercising regularly can help balance hormones and make it easier to maintain your goal. It will always be a good idea to fit an exercise routine in your schedule, no matter how busy it might be.
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