Here are some of the BIGGEST errors I have found to be true in most of my clients.
We may not notice it, but when our emotions run high, we tend to try and find an outlet Most likely, that outlet is food. We use food to help calm us down, distract us, numb us, or deal with the fact that our boss is psychopathic.
Along with stress, we use food to cope with our emotions and with life in general.
Lack of sleep
Another thing that contributes not only to weight gain but also to the poorer state of being overall is the lack of proper sleep. You see, when we don’t get enough sleep every night, we tend to be more cranky and emotional throughout the day. This then leads to poorer self-control as well as poor decision-making skills.
So if you want to lose weight, start to prioritise your sleep every night and you’ll wake up fresher and more ready to start the day with your weight loss goal in mind.
“Rewarding” yourself with treats or thinking you “need” wine every night to “destress”
After a long and tiring day, it’s only right that we get to reward ourselves, right?
The reason why you feel like you ¨need¨ a wine to relax at the end of the day is that you’ve been on the go running about like a headless chicken all day every day.
When you finally do stop, you need something to bring the adrenaline and cortisol down, and ––gets the job done, cos you ‘deserve it. The problem is, that chocolate binge or a nightly glass or two adds up and this will absolutely desiccate your fat loss goals.
Well yes of course we could go into how you could go to your local yoga studio, light incense candles, or start meditating more and all that stuff, now don’t get me wrong this stuff is GREAT, but that’s just the band-aid. The real solution is emotional intelligence and managing your state throughout the day so you don’t get your knickers in a twist in the first place.
Eating too little
Yes, you’ve heard that right. Eating too little and being too strict with yourself can lead to more weight gain in the long run.
Whether it’s due to busyness, decades of dieting, or a combination of the two, most women undereat during the day and arrive home starving and exhausted at the end of the day.
Essentially, what happens is that when you deprive yourself of proper meals throughout the day, your hunger and cravings start to pile up and it all bursts out once you get the chance to relax and eat as much as you want.
Over time their weight creeps up which is all very confusing since they think that they’re ¨barely eating¨.
Not just physical fatigue, but also emotional and psychological fatigue can take its toll on us. It does this by making us have lesser self-control and poorer decision-making skills. Under-eating we live off of stress hormones, when we fail to put ourselves first, we run ourselves into the ground physically, mentally, and emotionally. Obviously, the gym session and home cooking are no longer a priority.
Fat loss is an emotional problem.
Understanding & learning how to manage our emotions can come a long way when it comes to weight loss. No meal plan or diet, no matter how good, will help us lose weight, in the long term. If you want to be healthy physically, you must also learn to be healthy emotionally.