Mistakes to Avoid When You Want to Lose Weight

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Too Stressed

Chronic stress leads to inflammation, which impedes weight loss efforts. "The link between stress and weight gain is real," says the Cleveland Clinic. "

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Sedentary Lifestyle

Prolonged sitting may cause weight gain and slower metabolism, impacting blood sugar, blood pressure, and fat metabolism. It also weakens muscles and bones.

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Too Much Sugar

Excessive sugar harms health and contributes to weight gain, though evidence linking it directly to the obesity epidemic remains insufficient, says cardiologist Chiadi E. Ndumele.

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Lack of Sleep

Inadequate sleep hampers weight loss by disrupting various processes. Improving sleep hygiene to achieve the recommended seven to nine hours nightly may aid weight management

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Avoiding Weights

Don't avoid weights if you want to lose weight! "Strength training helps you lose weight and keep it off by building muscle tissue," according to Beaumont Health.

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Not Enough Protein

Your body needs protein to build muscle. Protein is also important for satiety.

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Too Many Calories

It can be useful to track calories to make sure you're in a deficit. "Losing weight essentially comes down to one thing: By burning more calories than you're eating

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Get Your Heart Rate Up

Cardio—even gentle cardio like walking and hiking—is great for fat loss. "Cardio's role in helping you shed pounds is burning calories.

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Drink More Water

Drinking water helps weight loss in many ways. For example, drinking water before a meal can help prevent overeating.

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Not Food Prepping

Prepping your food ahead of time eliminates decision-making about what you will eat. "With anything in life, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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Set Realistic, Sustainable Goals

Trying to lose an unrealistic amount of weight in too short a time may undermine your efforts.

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