The view of the scales can sometimes be frustrating: Especially when we are practicing 100 per cent clean eating and have even denied ourselves little cheating on the weekend, but our weight still does not want to move down.
Don’t lose your motivation! In addition to hormonal fluctuations in the female monthly cycle and water retention, there are countless other reasons why weight can stagnate despite the adoption of the greatest amount of discipline.
It is worth taking a closer look at your diet. These are the 5 most common weight traps:
- Wrongly estimating portions
Don’t forget: Portion sizes play a role even if we eat healthy food according to the Clean Eating principle. Excessive stuffing of oneself is always counterproductive. It is ideal if one feels 80 percent full after every meal. Slow eating and thorough chewing will help you to eat smaller amounts and still be full faster.
Watch out for the snack trap too. Even healthy snacks can make the scales soar upwards if one reaches for them too often.
- Forgetting nutritional values
Pay attention to nutritional values! That doesn’t mean that you have to count calories, but many, especially vegan, dishes or healthy snacks contain lots of nuts like cashews or almonds and dried fruits like dates and apricots. They may be healthy, but unfortunately they also contain a lot of calories. An example: Only a small handful of walnuts has 200 kcal.
- Liquid calories
Smoothies and cold-pressed juices are healthy if they are freshly squeezed, nutritious varieties, and not the traditional pasteurized, often sugared products from the supermarket.
But note: Smoothies and cold-pressed juices are not thirst quenchers, but should be treated as a complete meal! This becomes particularly clear when you look at the list of ingredients: the fruit and vegetables processed for an average smoothie cup or in a bottle of juice usually fill more than one plate.
- Drinking enough
If we don’t drink enough, it can slow down the metabolism. 1.5 to 2 liters of still water or unsweetened fruit or herbal tea should be consumed daily. Sugary juices or lemonades are of course taboo here.
- Excessive Sport
Sport is part of a healthy lifestyle – but here, too, it is important to find the happy medium and not to torture oneself with top performances. Too much training increases the release of cortisol. This hormone brings less sugar and fats into the muscles and therefore more into the fat cell. The muscle then uses protein to gain energy. This can even lead to the loss of the hard trained muscles while the fat cells remain firm.