#1 Avoiding the Scale

I’m not saying to be obsessed with the scale but avoiding it all together is sign that you may not like what you see when you step on it. Looking at your body weight reinforces weight-loss goals and makes it difficult to cheat your diet.

There have been many studies done that observed dieters who weighed themselves daily, they discovered that the routine of stepping on a scale helped those people lose twice as much weight as those who weighed themselves less frequently. The best time to weigh yourself in first thing in the morning naked.

#2 Eating Late at Night

This usually happens out of boredom. When you eat food late at night — anywhere from after dinner to outside your typical sleep/wake cycle — the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy. Try to get in the habit of not eating after dinner.

#3 Eating on the Go

We are a multitasking on the run society. I know when you get busy and you are going from one meeting to another the easiest thing to do is to drive through a fast food place and order on the go. The way to prevent this is preparing your food the night before. If you have your food ready to go, you will eat healthy and less calories than you would at a drive thru.

#4 Skipping Meals

17 percent of Americans admitted to skipping meals to lose weight. Skipping meals slows your metabolism and boosts your hunger. That puts your body in prime fat-storage mode and increases your odds of overeating at the next meal.

Breakfast is the most important of the day, unfortunately people grab the wrong food to eat it on the run. Donuts, bagels, and breakfast bars. Don’t say you don’t have time for breakfast; it’s easy to make a bowl of oatmeal.

#5 You Skip the Weights at the Gym

Muscles are what keeps our metabolism high and as we age, our muscles slowly start to get smaller, therefore allowing our metabolism to slow down. To counteract this, we need to start lifting weights. “No, you won’t get big and bulky. In fact, you’ll stay lean,” That’s because weight training causes you to burn more calories per workout than cardio sessions, and you continue to burn them post workout.

#6 You Can’t Give Up Your Soda

I know this was a hard one for me. For years I said I’m going to stop drinking diet coke. I made the decision too do it slowly. I read this and it happened a lot faster. What do synthetic estrogen, flame retardants and rocket fuel all have in common? As we learned they can all be found in a can of your favorite diet soda.

BPA, the synthetic estrogen, is used to soften the plastic that lines the can; colas contain caramel coloring shown to cause cancer in humans; and citrus-flavored sodas contain BVO, a flame retardant used in rocket fuel that may reduce fertility and negatively affect thyroid hormones. Nearly all popular diet sodas contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener that raises glucose levels, overloading the liver and causing the excess to convert into fat. Hummm that made my mind up really quick.

Let’s get rid of these bad habits.
Love, Lori

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