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Habits that impact your weight loss

When I am coaching clients on a weekly basis, I see patterns that keep them from losing as much weight as they should, could or want to. Here are some habits that might keep you from losing:

  • NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. This is a big deal. The body needs rest time and regeneration time. Metabolism is better in people that get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, experts say.
  • NOT STAYING HYDRATED. Water, water, water. It is so important for many reasons. Drinking at least 64 ounces per day, is a good baseline. Water helps hydrate your cells, and helps you flush your body. Also, water helps fill you up if you feel hungry; especially hot water, like hot tea.
  • NOT HAVING A “SNACK DRAWER”. I instruct clients to have snacks with them at all times. In their purse, in the car, in their desk at work. Have what you need on hand at all times so you won’t get too hungry and then eat something you should not.
  • YOU FEEL LIKE ALL CELEBRATIONS REQUIRE EATING AND DRINKING. I was raised in a family that celebrated big milestones with food and alcohol as the norm. I have learned to celebrate other ways, such as going to the beach, getting a massage, manicure or pedicure, or just going shopping! If I do go out to celebrate, I choose foods and drinks that keep me on my mission.
  • YOU SKIP MEALS. This was a big issue for me, as well. I would start the day with nothing, go all day without eating and then eat one or two big meals. I used to say, “the less I eat the fatter I get”. I have learned how important it is to start the metabolism burning by eating something every morning, usually protein. I choose to drink protein shakes, because I still don’t love eating breakfast. Under eating can be just as bad as over eating. I have also learned to eat something every 3-4 hours to keep my engine burning.
  • YOU DON’T EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN. This is one of the biggest lessons I teach. Eating protein is so important for many reasons. Protein is the building block of every cell, tissue and organ in our body. It helps you to maintain muscle mass, and that is very helpful for helping you lose weight. Protein digests slower than refined carbohydrates. Also, protein makes us feel full.

These are just a few habits that keep you from reaching your health and weight goals. Take one step at a time, make small changes daily, and watch the scale move down!