If you’re someone who’s currently moving full-speed ahead on a fat loss diet plan, there’s a good chance that you have many different thoughts floating through your mind.
You have thoughts about what you’re going to look like in that tiny black dress you’ve had your eye on for so many years, you have thoughts of the looks you’ll get at the beach when you strip down and reveal a chiseled set of abs, and you likely have thoughts of ice cream, cheeseburgers, and chicken wings dancing around in your mind as well.
Amongst all these different thoughts, you need to be careful that you’re not falling for a few empty lies that many dieters tell themselves. If you are, you could just be short-changing yourself of some serious progress.
Let’s have a quick peak at the main ones you need to know.
“I just worked out, I deserve it!”
The very first lie you may catch yourself in is immediately after coming out of a hard workout find yourself driving through the nearest fast food joint to grab a burger or some other coveted treat.
You’re rational is that you must have just burned off hundreds of calories and since you worked so hard, you deserve to indulge – just a little bit.
But the reality behind this lie is more often than not that indulgence will contain more calories than the workout itself, hence you’ve actually just moved backwards rather than forwards.
A perfectly good way to waste a gym session as far as fat loss is concerned is to indulge in a high fat, high calorie meal immediately after.
While it is important to eat since your body does need to refuel at this time, you need to eat the right foods that supply quality protein and carbs, not fat and sugar.
“One Small Piece Won’t Hurt!”
Our next lie is the lie you tell yourself when you’re having a mad craving and decide to give in – but only for a little piece.
Well, that little piece needs to get added to your daily intake and if you have ‘little piece’ after ‘little piece’, ten pieces later you’ve just added a pound of fat to your body.
Remember, all calories count – even those consumed while standing. Add them up to your daily total and you’ll get a real accurate representation of why you may not be losing weight.
“Hmm… That must be due to all that sodium I had last night….”
Finally, the last lie we like to tell ourselves as dieters is that the three pound weight gain we see on the scale is just due to water retention from the high-sodium meal the night before.
Now, in some cases this may be true. If you did in fact eat a very high sodium meal and this weight gain appeared out of nowhere, drink a few glasses of water that day and you’ll likely find it gone the next morning.
But if that’s not the case, be honest with yourself. Have you been indulging a little more than you should have? Are foods sneaking into your diet that shouldn’t be?
The sooner you can be honest with yourself and quick blaming other factors for the weight gain the sooner you can take action and combat it before it gets out of hand.
So next time you have a head full of various thoughts, pay attention to what they might be saying. The last thing you need is thoughts that are lying to you and preventing you from seeing the success you desire.