The 4 Most Common Weight-Loss Pitfalls

Burning fat is like driving a car. It’s not hard once you know what you’re doing, but it takes some practice. If you’re having trouble meeting your weight-loss goals, you’re probably running into one of these four common obstacles.

1. Trading Calories 

Exercise is one of the keys of long-term fat burning; however, a common pitfall is to trade calories afterwards. People think, “Well, I burned a lot of calories exercising, so I can cheat a little with junk food.”

Unfortunately, eating extra calories is almost guaranteed to negate the benefits of your exercise session. How can you avoid this trap? Stay active and eat healthy.

It’s OK to go out to a restaurant or eat dessert once in a while, but your normal routine should revolve around plenty of healthy fruit, veggies and proteins. Instead of reaching for a candy bar after strenuous exercise, grab some almonds or coconut oil to replenish your energy levels.

2. Choosing Processed 

Trying to lose weight by buying “low-fat” processed foods is like trying to run a race wearing work boots. It weighs you down and makes it harder to reach your goal, even if you are going in the right direction.

Many of these “health foods” are totally bogus. They contain way more sugar and calories than you probably think. At the same time, they’re missing natural fiber and nutrients, so they end making you hungrier than before.

The best way to lose weight is always to go natural. Apples, blueberries, oatmeal, nuts and other delicious foods give your body the energy it needs while filling you up. You eat less calories and feel satisfied.

Many fruits, veggies, proteins and herbs contain compounds that tell your body to burn fat instead of storing it. For example, moringa can break down fat faster and cut down bad cholesterol levels.

3. Giving Up 

I’ve been a weight-loss doctor for over a decade, and there are a few things I can practically guarantee. You’re going to mess up. You’re going to eat too much sometimes. You’re going to forget to exercise sometimes.

Weight loss is one of those things in life where the journey is just as important as the destination. Healthy choices, even small ones, are absolutely worth it.

You WILL reach your weight-loss goals as long as you don’t let yourself give up. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the power of science. There are lots of antioxidant superfoods that can increase fat burning and reduce cravings

4. Going It Alone 

Some people get embarrassed about losing weight, as if it were a dirty secret you have to hide. Let me tell you something — everyone wants to stay fit. Losing weight is something to be PROUD of. It says that you care about your body and have the drive to do something about it.

Instead of hiding your goals, share them with friends and family. Show off your progress. Whether you’re walking, biking or dancing in your socks, get the people around you involved too.

Losing weight is a GREAT goal. I love seeing peoples’ face light up when they proudly strut into my office, showing off a trim figure. Achieving your weight-loss goals can make you happy and give you confidence, not to mention providing phenomenal benefits for your body.