Have you ever heard this statement, "I've worked out for an hour today so now I can eat whatever I want."? You burn fewer calories during a workout session than you may think. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average person burns about 400 to 600 calories in one hour.
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Here are five things that might be interfering with your weight-loss goals.
Too Many Options
Many people eat more when there are a variety of choices in front of them. Unless those choices consist of only fruits and vegetables, you'll end up eating more than you should. Keep it simple. Next time you go grocery shopping, stick to the basics and skip the snack aisle. If it's not in your kitchen you will not be tempted to eat it.
Pass on Seconds
Put enough on your plate the first time and stick to it. When you go for seconds you tend to eat more than you should. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to register that it's full—so just wait it out.
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Don't Use Exercise as an Excuse
An hours' worth of circuit training for the average exercise enthusiast only cancels out one to two protein bars, two to three cookies, one and a half to two glasses of wine or a quarter to half a bag of chips. Remember, you burn fewer calories than you think. Imagine doing all of that hard work just to put it back on with one night of excess eating out. Only athletes who train for competitions need a ton of calories from foods for extra energy--not the average exercise person.
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Using Smaller Sizes as Motivation
Buying clothes in smaller sizes or using a models picture as motivation may hinder your weight-loss goal. In fact, it can make you feel even worse about yourself because you're making unrealistic comparisons. If you're a size 10 and by a size four right away, the fact that you can't fit into that size may make you feel sad. Everybody comes in different shapes and sizes, embrace it.
Stop Thinking There are "Free Foods"
There are no "free foods" like fruits and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables can really tear up your stomach and cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); and it may have a detrimental effect on your insulin levels. If your digestive system is not working properly, then the minerals and vitamins needed to help the endocrine system function properly for optimum weight loss, is not working effectively either.
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