Pitfalls in Weight Loss

By: Gary Grewal

Losing weight can be one of the hardest things to do in life. No matter how hard you try or how well you try to stick to the plan, sometimes it is not possible to lose weight. Usually there are several pitfalls that cause you to gain weight and thus by avoiding these pitfalls, you can lose the weight that you desire.

One definite pitfall is sleep deprivation or sleeping less than you are supposed to. A healthy person should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day and if you are getting less sleep, then you may be pushing yourself to weight gain. Throughout various studies, it has been shown that if you sleep less than the required amount, your body will lower its metabolism rate to counteract the effects of the sleep deprivation. Thus, you should sleep the required amount every day for losing weight and for general health purposes.

Another pitfall that you will need to avoid is dehydration. It is important for you to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Just like the sleep studies, it has been shown that by drinking water your metabolism rate will be increased. (Also as a side effect you will dilute the toxins and flush them out from your body by drinking lots of water) Another thing that you can do to increase your metabolism is by eating small amounts frequently. As contrary as it may sound, eating more will actually help you lose weight. The reason for that arises from the fact that your body will increase its metabolic rate and burn calories in order to digest the foods that you eat. So by eating frequently, you will be able to keep your metabolic rate up and your body will be burning calories while being busy for digesting your food.

Of course, eating frequently does not mean eating lots of nighttime snacks in front of the TV on the couch. On the contrary that is a major pitfall that you want to avoid. If you want to lose weight, than you will have to stay away from all kinds of night snacks. Also just as importantly, another thing that you want to avoid is definitely drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol is one of the worst damages that you can do to your body in your quest for weight loss. First of all, alcohol contains lots of calories and it is practically a liquid meal. Since most alcoholic drinks are fermented from sugar, you will end up gaining more calories than even eating a full meal when you consume alcoholic beverages. Also as another negative attribute, your liver will be too busy trying to digest alcohol and thus your liver won't be able to metabolize fats properly and these fats will be deposited in your body as dead weight.

As you can see, there are several pitfalls that you need to avoid in order to be able to lose weight. However, the greatest mistake that you can make is not having a realistic goal about your weight loss. If you are dreaming of miraculous cure to lose ten or thirty pounds in a week then you will not succeed. You should be realistic and you should always focus yourself on your weight loss goals.

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