Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are simply attempting to stop the weight from building back onto your middle, there are a number of ways that you are likely holding yourself back without even knowing it! Belly fat can be the most stubborn to try to lose but can be the easiest to gain. Give yourself an advantage to discover what you’re doing to sabotage your weight loss efforts so you’ll be able to stop it as soon as possible.
To start, you should know that a small amount of belly fat is actually good for you. Trying to get rid of all of it can actually work against your health. So if that’s what you’ve been up to, remind yourself that last small amount of fat is actually vital for the protection of your stomach, intestines and other internal organs that are actually quite delicate and need all the help they can get. It is the excess fat that should be prevented, if possible. The extra fat cells, known as visceral fat cells, which are located deep within the area of your abdomen can lead to an inflammatory chemical called adipokines, as well as the production of adipose hormones. This increases the risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Use the following weight loss tips and tricks to be able to avoid sabotaging your weight loss efforts and start promoting success.
• Stop low-fat dieting – Fat from food and fat on your belly are not necessarily directly linked. Yes, fat contains a lot of calories, but healthy fats are vital not only to your health, but also to weight loss! Low fat dieting has been proven to be ineffective and could actually harm your ability to effectively lose.
• Depression – If you’re feeling more than just a little blue and if it is a problem that has been around for a while, then you might want to talk to your doctor about the chance that you might have depression. It is important for you to take your mental health into consideration for a number of very important reasons but it’s also important to note that it could be causing you to make poor eating choices while reducing your physical activity. Talk to someone if you think you may be depressed and help both your physical and mental health.
• You’re eating packaged foods – Everything from frozen lasagnas to jars of spaghetti sauce and bottles of cola are much higher in sugar, unhealthy fats, and even sodium, which could be sabotaging your weight loss progress. The next time you pick up a bottle of cola, have a look at the sodium level. Do the same for the sugar in spaghetti sauce. You might be surprised at how much junk you’re taking in without even realizing it. Start cutting packaged foods out of your life and replacing them with whole foods, instead.
• You’re not getting enough magnesium – if you’ve fallen victim to the myth that bananas will kill weight loss, or if you haven’t been eating enough leafy greens, then you may not be getting enough magnesium, which is a mineral that is well known for being a vital component for weight loss. Do yourself a favor and start adding half a banana to your morning smoothie (save the other half for tomorrow) and have a little salad for lunch that includes some dark leafies. The difference will amaze you.