Statistics reveal that obesity and its medical comorbidities is now a global problem. Research has proven that surgical options are some of the safest and the most effective methods for long term weight loss. There are still various pitfalls in the journey towards your weight loss goals. Recognizing these pitfalls is a critical step and in this article, we are going to address some of them.
Here are seven biggest weight loss mistakes you can make in your weight loss journey:
1. Inadequate Protein Intake:
It is well known that proteins help in weight loss. Proteins reduce appetite and make you feel full. It increases your metabolic rate and protects the muscle mass during the weight loss process. Inadequate proteins can result in a stall in your weight loss.
2. Skipping Meals:
Trying to cut down on calories by skipping meals or because you are busy is a common mistake people make. This is counterproductive as it hampers your metabolism and negatively impacts your weight loss.
3. Focusing Only on Calories:
Being overly focused on just the weighing scale or the calorie count on the gym equipment is myopic approach towards your weight loss goals. Improving overall wellness and health is more than a number of a scale.
4. Hidden Sugars:
Advertisement and glossy packaging may call a lot of packaged foods as “100% natural” but these often contain a large, almost shocking amount of refined sugar in them. For example, a bowl of most breakfast cereals contains over 20 grams of sugar in them. Single servings of dressings and ketchup can contain large amounts of sugars. Avoiding sugar has become increasing difficult, especially with processed foods. One should make a habit of reading nutrient labels to identify these contents.
5. Exercise Routine:
If you are not maintaining an exercise routine, you are surely off the track. Exercising has countless positive effects on your body and mind. Random or one-of physical activities is not very helpful in weight loss goals. Post weight loss surgery you need to maintain a regular routine to help keep weight lost, off for long term.
6. Not Staying Hydrated:
It is well known that proper hydration is key to any weight loss goals. Dehydration causes nausea, headache, and dizziness. Water helps spruce up your energy levels and flushes fat metabolites. It also keeps cravings at bay.
7. Eating Wrong Carbs:
The biggest post-op problem can be loss of hunger and not getting enough amounts of carbs. Carbohydrates are an essential fuel for our body and brain. Refined carbs like flour and sugar are processed by the body at a much faster pace, releasing excess energy while leaving your hungry. Consult your dietitian to understand which carbs are suited for your post-op needs and what is the right amount of carbs you need to eat daily to lose weight.
A close attention towards common pitfalls can go a long way in your weight loss journey. Hopefully going through this list of weight loss mistakes will help you identify some common mistakes & help you stay on right track of achieving your health goals.
At Perth Surgical & Bariatrics we have an experienced team of surgeons that can help shape your weight loss goals. To book an appointment with Dr Ravi Rao or his team, call us on 08 65581901.