What Not to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

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What Not to Do When Trying to Lose Weight
Losing weight can be quite a challenge, and sometimes, even when you feel like you’re doing all the right things, you still see no results.

What Not to Do When Trying to Lose Weight

Losing weight can be quite a challenge, and sometimes, even when you feel like you’re doing all the right things, you still see no results.

This is naturally very frustrating and can lead to a rebound or further weight gain in the long run. It could be, however, that the things you’re doing are actually hindering your progress. Here are some things to avoid when trying to shed that extra weight.

Focusing on the scales

It’s very common to judge your progress by the number you see when you step on the scales. Doing this, however, is highly inaccurate because your weight is influenced by several factors and can therefore fluctuate and misguide you. Things like how much food or liquid you’ve consumed and how much is left in your system, water retention, and hormonal changes (particularly in women) can all affect your weight on a scale.

Additionally, if you’ve been working out, you could be losing fat and gaining muscle, meaning that you might remain the same weight or even increase eventually. Judge your progress by how your clothes fit and how you feel. If you prefer having a number to go by, grab a measuring tape and keep track of your measurements, particularly around your waist. Take monthly photos to track your progress - you will notice how much your body has changed, even if the scale isn’t really moving.

Not exercising right

When it comes to losing weight, exercise is very important, but neither extreme is healthy. If you don’t exercise at all or enough, especially when already reducing your calorie intake, you are likely to lose more muscle mass rather than fat, and also slow down your metabolism.

On the other hand, over-exercising can also weaken your metabolism, as well as increase stress and impair the production of adrenal hormones which regulate stress response. Lifting weights and doing cardio a few times a week in moderation will help to minimize the amount of lean mass you lose and boost fat loss and your metabolic rate.

Not sustaining your body

The first thing that most people go for when trying to lose weight is a diet. What a lot of people don’t know is that many diets, especially when done for a long time, can lead to nutritional deficit and also hinder progress. Even though you might see results initially, you’re likely to hit a plateau.

Dieting should not mean starving yourself or depriving your body of nutrients and good food. Make sure you consume plenty of protein and reduce sugars and unhealthy fats. Start your day with a wholesome breakfast and lower the carbohydrate intake throughout the day. Avoid binge eating, but see that you eat well and snack on healthy foods when necessary for optimum results.

Remember to be patient with your body; weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process that takes time, determination, and consistency. Fuel your body with the right foods and enough sleep and you’ll be on the road to a healthier and happier you.

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