19 Common Fat Loss Mistakes You MUST Avoid

If you’re frustrated because you do “everything right” yet fail to lose those annoying pounds of fat, then you’ll LOVE this article!

If you’re frustrated because you do “everything right” yet fail to lose those annoying pounds of fat, then you’ll LOVE this article!

It reveals the 19 most common fat loss blunders that sabotage the results of many dedicated dieters, so that you can avoid them.

Plus, you’ll discover science-backed tips and tricks that will help you to lower the number on your scale.

So, whether you want to whip yourself into shape for a photoshoot, or feel proud of your body when you look in the mirror, this article has got you covered.

Let’s dive right in.

1. You’re Not in a Calorie Deficit

To lose weight, you must be in a calorie deficit.

It’s simple:

  • You’ll lose weight if you consume fewer calories than you burn.
  • You’ll gain weight if you consume more calories than you burn.

Lots of studies back this up, and it has to do with the first law of thermodynamics, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed energy in an isolated system.

An experiment by Mark Haub, professor of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University, offers an interesting example of this.

For two months, he consumed Doritos, Oreos, Twinkies, and protein shakes while maintaining a deficit of 800 kcal per day.

The result?

Professor Haub lost 27 pounds in two months and trimmed his body fat from 33.4% to 24.9%.

Here’s what to do:

If you want to lose weight, your first step is to make sure you’re in a calorie deficit.

The following four-step formula helps you to calculate your optimal daily calorie deficit to lose weight.

Step 1: Calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR)

Use the Harris-Benedict Equation (revised by Mifflin and St. Jeor in 1990) outlined below:

• BMR = (10 × weight in kg) + (6.25 × height in cm) – (5 × age in years) + 5

Step 2: Adjust to your activity multiplier

Select the option that best describes your current situation and apply the multiplier to the number you obtained in the previous step.

  • Sedentary (little or no exercise and a desk job) => BMR x 1.2
  • Lightly active (light activity with light exercise or sports 1-3 days a week) => BMR x 1.375
  • Moderately active (quite active with moderate exercise or sports 3-4 days a week) => BMR x 1.55
  • Very active (highly active with hard exercise or sports 4-6 days a week) => BMR x 1.725
  • Extremely active (hard daily exercise as well as activity and physical work) => BMR x 1.9

Step 3: Adjust to your current situation

  • If you’re a male and your body fat is below 15% or you’re a female with body fat below 23%, subtract 300 calories.
  • If you’re a male and your body fat is between 16%-25% or you’re a female with body fat of between 24%-31%, subtract 400 calories.
  • If you’re a male and your body fat is above 25% or you’re a female with body fat above 33%, subtract 500 calories.

Step 4: Adjust if necessary

The number you have by now represents how many calories you should consume each day for efficient weight loss.

It is, however, important to note that this is a rough estimate.

Owing to individual differences and dieting-induced physiological changes that may occur over time, you might have to adjust this number.

Here’s how:

  • If you lose between 0.5% and 1.0% of body weight per week, maintain your calorie intake.
  • If you don’t lose between 0.5% and 1.0% of body weight per week, reduce your daily intake by 200 calories every seven days until you reach that target.

2. You Neglect this Weight-Loss Nutrient

If you want a simple and tasty way to rev up weight loss and keep the lost pounds off, then eat more protein.

Why does that work?

It’s because your food reward system has a strong appetite for protein. Consuming enough of it helps you to control your calorie intake.

Or, in other words, if you don’t eat enough protein, you’ll feel hungrier, which means it’ll be harder to control food intake and slim down.

This was well illustrated in an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by scientists from the University of Seattle.

During the study, scientists instructed their subjects to raise their protein intake from 15% to 30% of their daily calorie intake.

And as a result, they automatically consumed, on average, 441 fewer calories per day, which led to an average weight loss of 11 pounds in 12 weeks − just by eating more protein!

Impressive!

The primary reason that an increase in protein helps you to lose weight is that this macronutrient is effective at suppressing hunger and raising satiety.

That’s because protein increases the satiety hormones GLP-1, Peptide YY, and cholecystokinin while reducing the hunger hormone ghrelin.

What’s more, consuming enough protein also makes you less prone to muscle loss on a diet, which not only benefits your sex appeal, but also your metabolism.

Here’s what to do:

Consume between 0.8 and 1.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight (1.8-2.7 g/kg).

So, if you weigh 180 pounds, get between 144 and 216 grams of protein daily.

This supports fat loss and muscle maintenance while still leaving space for calories from carbs and fat.

3. You Eat the Wrong Foods

As already specified, calorie balance ultimately determines whether you’ll gain or lose weight.

That’s why you can shed pounds by eating Doritos, Oreos, and Twinkies, as Professor Mark Haub did in his experiment.

But that doesn’t mean should load up on junk food. Far from it!

It’s still crucial to optimize your food selection if you want to lose weight.

That’s because certain foods are more satiating than others, and if you make those your diet staple, it’ll be easier to maintain a calorie deficit.

Croissants, for example, contain around five times as many calories as boiled potatoes. But researchers have found that potatoes are seven times as satiating!

So, if you get a large share of your calorie intake from croissants, you’re more likely to suffer severe hunger pangs, and it will be hard to maintain a calorie deficit.

If, on the other hand, you replace croissants with potatoes, it will be easier to satisfy your hunger and control your calorie intake.

To see a real-life example of that, let’s look at interesting research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In this study, scientists compared the difference in satiety between high- and low-energy density diets.

For five days, twenty subjects could eat as much as they wanted on a high-energy density diet.

Then, for another five days, the same subjects could indulge to their heart’s content on a low-energy density diet.

The result?

On the low-energy density diet, the participants experienced fullness after they consumed an average of 1,570 calories.

But to experience the same level of fullness on the high-energy density diet, they had to consume 3,000 calories. That’s almost double the amount of energy!

No wonder people who eat more fruit and vegetables tend to weigh less.

Here’s what to do:

Consume mainly low-energy, high-volume food such as fruit and vegetables. You’ll experience fewer cravings, find it easier to control your calorie intake, and thus be more successful at shedding unwanted pounds.

Important: the satiating effect of fruits and vegetables take a hit when you juice them.
That’s because juicing breaks the dietary fiber, which increases the absorption rate and thus leads to a more significant spike in blood sugar levels.

Besides, juicing also removes the chewing process, which is why fruit and vegetable juices make it easy to chug down a lot of calories in a short time.

For these reasons, steer clear of juicing, and instead eat your fruits and vegetables in their whole state.

4. You Don’t Keep Track

To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn. We’ve already covered that. And while that sounds simple, there’s one problem:

Most of us are terrible at estimating our calorie intake. We underestimate how much we eat by up to 45% and under-report our daily energy intake by as much as 2,000 calories.

The solution?

Count calories. It helps you to control your calorie intake. That’s why dieters who count calories tend to lose more weight and fat than those who don’t.

An analysis of 37 weight-loss studies, for example, found that weight-loss programs that use calorie counting lead, on average, to 7 pounds (3.3 kg) more weight loss over one year than those that don’t.

And another study established that dieters who monitored all their food intake lost significantly more weight after 18 weeks than those who tracked theirs less often.

Subjects who did no tracking at all even tended to gain weight!

Here’s what to do:

If you’re not already counting calories, start with it today.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to cronometer.com and create a free account.

Step 2: Insert the foods you eat on a daily basis.

To measure intake with more accuracy, use a scale to weigh your food rather than a measuring cup.

Also, weigh foods in their uncooked form because cooking can alter their water content and influence the number on the scale.

Step 3: Meet your daily calorie and protein needs.

Focus on hitting your daily calorie and protein target.

The ratio between carbs and fat is less important for weight loss, so you have more leeway to adjust those numbers to your personal preferences.

Step 4: Repeat this cycle daily.

As time progresses, you’ll get better at estimating your calorie intake, especially if you eat the same foods most of the time.

While it’s best to keep tracking your daily calories and protein, it’s also okay to rely more on eye-balling once you become better at this measuring game.

5. You Don’t Lift Weights

Resistance training is a must if you want to optimize weight loss and your physical appearance. That’s because it:

  • Prevents dieting-induced muscle loss, which benefits both your sex appeal and metabolism.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity and elevates levels of the fat-burning hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine.
  • Helps you burn calories, which makes it easier to maintain a calorie deficit.

While the number of calories you burn during resistance training is quite low – an average of 224 calories in 60 minutes of exercise for a 155-pound person – the number you burn after your workout is impressive.

One study, for example, measured the metabolic rate of seventeen trained males after they did a high-intensity strength-training routine to failure with short rest periods between sets.

And as the result, their metabolic rate was, on average, 24% higher the day after the workout.

This caused them to burn an extra 452 calories over a 22-hour period, which is roughly the same amount of energy a 155-pound person expends if he or she uses the stair step machine for one hour straight.

Here’s what to do:

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6. You’re Sedentary Even Though You Work Out

Being a desk-bound worker or couch potato (maybe even both) hurts weight loss. That’s because being sedentary limits the number of calories you burn each day.

As a result, you’ll have to consume fewer calories to maintain a deficit compared to what you could take in if you were more active.

That’s why being sedentary makes it harder for you to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight.

Besides, being inactive for extended periods also reduces insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. This, in turn, impairs fat burning and can increase hunger levels.

Here’s what to do:

Be more active.

Even small changes can make a big difference to your calorie output, insulin sensitivity, and glucose tolerance.

Want some tips to get started?

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or use a bike instead of a car, or buy a pedometer and aim for at least 10,000 steps daily.

In addition, cardio activities such as using the elliptical or doing HIIT training are also excellent options.

7. You Consume Too Many Sugary Drinks

Did you know that the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of sugar (82 grams) per day?

That’s about 28,864 grams of added sugar per person per year, which amounts to a whopping total of 120,000 calories!

The main problem with those calories is that they aren’t effective at satiating hunger, especially when you consume them in liquid form.

As a result, sugary calories tend to be consumed in addition to the energy you already ingests, which is why there’s a close link between added sugars and increased body weight.

In fact, one study on children found that each daily serving of a sugar-sweetened drink increased obesity prevalence by 60%.

Here’s what to do:

Reduce your intake of added sugars, particularly those in liquid form.
Instead, replace sodas, fruit juices, and other sugar-loaded drinks with sugar-free alternatives such as water, coffee, and tea.

8. You Don’t Manage Stress

We all get frazzled now and then. It’s completely normal to stress out over a presentation at work or to fret about a conflict with a family member.

But for more than 40 million Americans, chronic stress is the crippling reality of day-to-day life. They are always in a “fight or flight” mode.

That, in turn, can cause insulin resistance, and hyperinsulinemia, two conditions that can increase the risk of overeating by elevating levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

That’s why stress can prevent you from losing unwanted pounds.

Here’s what to do:

To reduce stress, simplify your life, practice deep breathing techniques, and surround yourself with positive people.

If you feel completely overwhelmed by the burdens of life, consider seeing a psychologist.

9. You Don’t Sleep Enough

People sleep less and less.

This has profound consequences, not only for our general health and well-being, but also for our body weight.

Why?

Because sleep deprivation lowers the levels of satiety hormones such as leptin while raising the hunger hormone ghrelin.

That, in turn, stimulates an increase in food intake and makes it harder to maintain a calorie deficit.

No wonder there’s a close link between sleep deprivation and excess body weight.
Hence, one meta-analysis of 634,511 participants found that bad sleep increased obesity risk by 55% in adults and 89% in children.

But that’s not all.

A randomized crossover study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that sleep deprivation also hurts fat burning and causes muscle wasting on a weight loss diet.

Throughout the 14-day study, overweight adults were divided into two groups. The subjects in the first group slept for 8.5 hours each night while those in the second group only slept for 5.5 hours.

For the duration of the study, all subjects consumed 1,450 calories on average per day.

The results?

After two weeks, both groups had lost a similar amount of weight, which makes sense given that they all ate the same number of calories.

But those who slept 8.5 hours lost more than two times as much fat (1.4 kg vs. 0.6 kg) and retained much more muscle mass.

In fact, the total weight loss seen in the sleep-deprived group came from 80% of lean body mass!

Here’s what to do:

Prioritize sleep.

For most people, the National Sleep Foundation recommends between seven and nine hours a night. And while that’s a good general guideline, you might need more or less.

If you wake up groggy each morning, common sense says you need to get more sleep.

10. Your Bacteria Are Out Of Balance

Your body contains trillions of bacteria, and most of them are found in your gut.

Those gut bacteria are involved in many crucial processes, such as producing certain vitamins and communicating with your immune system.

And your gut bacteria also influence the production of various appetite-affecting hormones, such as ghrelin, leptin, and peptide YY.

That’s why healthy gut flora can aid your efforts to become lean as they help you control your food and calorie intake.

Research on mice, for example, found that when obese ones received a fecal microbiota transplant from lean ones, they lost weight.

And it also worked the other way around: when lean mice received a fecal microbiota transplant from obese ones, they gained weight.

Interesting, right?

But it’s not only animal studies that have produced such results. Human research also indicates that gut health may influence body weight.

One study, for example, found that there are significant gut microbiome differences between identical twins when one has a healthy body weight and the other is overweight.

Here’s what to do:

To support your gut bacteria, take probiotics, consume resistant starches, reduce stress, and add probiotic-rich foods to your diet. The latter include sauerkraut, kombucha, and fermented yogurt.

11. You Suffer from Water Retention

If you do everything right, but you still don’t lose weight, you may suffer from water retention.

Hence, it’s not uncommon for dieters to lose five pounds of fat over the course of five weeks without seeing changes to the number on the scale.

That’s because water retention often obscures weight loss, both on the scale and in the mirror.

This often happens because levels of the “stress hormone” rise when you’re in a calorie deficit, which, in turn, can increase water retention.

The more severe your calorie deficit, the more cortisol your body secretes, which makes you more prone to water retention.

That’s why people who follow a very low-calorie crash diet often retain large amounts of water.

Here’s what to do:

To lose weight, you must be in a calorie deficit. But this doesn’t mean it’s best to slash your calorie intake as much as you can bear.

Such an aggressive approach not only sets you up for muscle loss and severe cravings, but also for excessive water retention.

That’s why it is better to maintain a moderate calorie deficit of around 300 to 500 calories a day.

On top of that, lower your stress levels, limit your salt intake, get enough sleep, and be active throughout the day. These four steps will also help you reduce or prevent water retention.

12. You Overdo Refeeds

Refeeds can be awesome!

These are planned periods when you strategically raise your calorie intake, which gives you a bit of a break from dieting.

This short respite bolsters diet adherence and reduces the likelihood of binge eating.

Besides, refeeds offer other benefits. For example, they raise metabolism, refill glycogen stores, increase testosterone levels, lower cortisol levels, and decrease dieting-induced water retention.

That’s all great!

But there’s still a problem.

Many people go overboard on their refeeds, which then undoes their weight loss results of the last few days, if not weeks.

So, let me make one thing crystal clear: a refeed is not an excuse to shove every food substance within reach down your throat!

If you follow your diet to a tee throughout the week, but go all-out on your refeeds, that’s most likely why you don’t lose weight.

Here’s what to do:

To refeed effectively and boost weight loss instead of undermining it, you need to follow a few rules.

Rule 1: Set your refeed frequency.

  • If you’re a male with body fat above 16% or a female with body fat above 25%, refeed once every 14 days.
  • If you’re a male with body fat of between 12% and 16% or a female with body fat of 21% to 25%, refeed once every 10 days.
  • If you’re a male with body fat below 12% or a female with body fat below 21%, refeed once every 7 days.

Rule 2: Plan your refeeds so that you’ll know exactly on which day and at what time you’ll have your refeed.

Rule 3: During your refeed, increase your daily calorie intake back to calorie maintenance (as outlined in the first tip).

Rule 4: Get the extra calories primarily from carbs, as this macro is most effective at resetting leptin levels. Besides, this increase in carb intake refills your glycogen stores, which aids workout performance.

Rule 5: Once you’ve finished your refeed, get immediately back on track with your regular diet.

13. You’re Deficient in One or More Key Nutrients

It an ideal world, we would get all our daily vitamin and mineral needs through diet (or, in the case of Vitamin D, via the sun).

But that’s not reality.

Factors such as soil depletion, junk food, stress, a lack of food variety, sub-optimal nutrient absorption, and an indoor lifestyle can prevent us from meeting our daily nutritional needs.

That’s why, statistically speaking, we’re all nutrient-deficient.

Such nutrient deficiencies are bad, not only for your health, but also for your figure.

That’s because deficiencies can impair metabolic rate, damage hormonal health, impede athletic performance, and reduce fat burning.

An example is zinc. Lacking that mineral can lower your metabolism by downregulating thyroid hormone production, as shown by a case study published in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.

The researchers found that a zinc-deficient woman could raise her daily resting metabolic rate by 527 calories just by supplementing with the mineral for two months.

That number equals 3,689 calories a week, which represents more energy than that contained in a pound of pure body fat.

Other nutrient deficiencies that can hamper your body shape are calcium, iron, and Vitamin D.

Here’s what to do:

The ideal way to check your nutritional status is by doing a blood panel test.
Your doctor or health practitioner can then see if you’re deficient in specific vitamins or minerals, and if that’s the case, tell you how to fix the problem.

Not only will this benefit your figure, but it will also improve your health, which leaves you with more energy and makes you less prone to sickness.

If you can’t get a blood panel test done, make sure that at least you eat a varied diet that includes nutritional food sources such as vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, tubers, etc.

It can also be beneficial to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin.

14. You Lack the Male Hormone

Gas prices go up; testosterone levels go down.

There’s no correlation, but it’s a reality we all must face.

Over the last 20 years alone, the average testosterone level in males has dropped by 17%.

And, owing to factors such as inactivity, junk food, lack of sunlight, and exposure to estrogenic compounds, those levels will only drop further and further.

This has far-reaching consequences, among them decreased muscle mass, reduced sexual performance, and increased fat mass.

(In females, low testosterone is also problematic, although it is less common.)

In particular men who carry excess fat are likely to suffer from low testosterone because body fat stimulates the aromatization process, which converts testosterone into the female hormone estrogen.

This creates a vicious cycle that makes it harder and harder to slim down.

But why does low testosterone production impede fat loss?

There are three main reasons:

  • Low testosterone impairs fat burning.
  • Low testosterone reduces metabolic rate.
  • Low testosterone stimulates the formation of new fat cells.

For a real-life example of how testosterone affects body fat, let’s look at a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

In this randomized, double-blind study, researchers treated a group of healthy young men with a GnRH agonist, which lowers free and total testosterone levels.

The results after 12 weeks were significant.

The scientists found an inverse dose-dependent relationship between testosterone and body fat levels.

They noted that a decrease in testosterone from 600 ng/dL to 300 ng/dL – which is still in the healthy testosterone range (250-1,200 ng/dL) – caused a 36% increase in fat mass!

Here’s what to do:

If you’re a male and you don’t know your testosterone levels yet, get them tested.

In case you suffer from low testosterone or just want to boost your levels to improve your health, well-being, and body shape, this article will help you out.

It contains a detailed section on how you can improve your testosterone levels naturally.

15. You Don’t Eat Mindfully

In our hectic modern world, most meals are eaten amid some distraction, typically in front of a TV or a computer.

The problem is that such environments automatically increase food consumption, as shown by a meta-analysis of 24 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers found that people who eat when distracted consume, on average, 10% more than those who eat undistracted.

And when they ate meals distracted in the evening and late at night, the increase reached 25%!

Here’s what to do:

Eat mindfully.

To do that, slow down while you eat, cut out all distractions, focus on and enjoy each bite, and listen to your body when it signals that you’ve had enough.

This decreases calorie intake, reduces the likelihood you’ll binge, and can cause significant weight-loss results.

16. You Don’t Chew Your Food Enough

Researchers at the Harbin Medical University in China found interesting results when they compared the eating habits of sixteen obese and fifteen lean men.

The obese individuals swallowed their food much more quickly than the slim ones.

This made the researchers curious and led them to conduct another study to assess the difference between chewing a piece of pork forty times instead of fifteen times.

The result?

Those who chewed their food fifteen times consumed, on average, 11.9% more calories.

They also had much higher levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin 90 minutes after their meal.

That’s why failing to chew your food well enough increases calorie consumption and decreases post-meal satiety.

As a result, it’ll be harder to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.

Here’s what Catherine Collins, chief dietitian at St. George’s Hospital in London, noted:

“When you gulp down your food, you don’t realize you’re eating so much.

“But chewing for longer makes you more likely to notice the taste, smell and texture, which makes you more aware of what you’re eating and how much.

“As a result, you’re less likely to feel hungry again ten minutes later.”

Here’s what to do:

Slow down while you eat and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. You’ll automatically consume fewer calories and will feel more satisfied after your meal, which makes it easier to obtain and maintain your ideal body weight.

17. You Believe in Quick Fixes

Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight.

It’s the result of consuming too many calories over an extended period.

And while most people know that, ironically, many do believe in quick fixes.

Then, when those don’t produce the desired result, they get frustrated and quit.

I’m sorry to tell you, but there are no shortcuts when it comes to shaping and keeping a figure that makes you proud every time you look in the mirror.

Here’s what to do:

Accept the fact that you have to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight.

This takes work and dedication, and it’s something you should integrate into your lifestyle.

18. You’re Addicted to Food

A study done in Newfoundland, Canada had 652 adults fill out the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which is a 25-point questionnaire to assess food addiction.

The results were interesting.

The researchers found that 5.4% of the participants met the criteria for food addiction.

Those subjects were, on average, 11.7 kg (26 pounds) heavier, had 8.2% higher body fat,

8.5% more abdominal fat, and scored 4.66 points higher on the BMI scale.

In other words, the study showed a strong correlation between food addiction and excess weight.

Another study including 134,175 women over the age of 45, produced similar results. Of the subjects, 5.8% met the criteria for food addiction.

In this one, the researchers also found that people who suffered from food addiction tended to have a much greater body weight.

The reason food addiction increases the risk of excess weight is that the condition causes uncontrollable binge-eating, which makes it almost impossible to lose weight.

Here are the eight most common symptoms of food addiction:

  • Being obsessed with thoughts of food
  • Having food cravings despite being full
  • Eating to relieve worry or stress
  • Eating much more than you intended
  • Eating until you feel stuffed to bursting point
  • Feeling guilty afterward, but still following the pattern
  • Making up excuses in your head for why it’s OK to keep eating
  • Repeatedly failing at the goals you’ve set regarding your eating style

Here’s what to do:

If you have an unhealthy relationship with food or you fit the criteria for food addiction, get professional help. Otherwise, it’ll be a near-impossible task to lose fat and keep it off.

19. Your Body Produces Sub-Optimal Amounts of This Hormone

There are many different hormones involved in weight loss. Two important ones are T3 and T4, which are produced by your thyroid gland.

Both of these hormones have a huge influence on your metabolic rate. Here’s why:

  • If your thyroid secretes more of these hormones, your metabolic rate is higher; thus you will burn more calories every day.
  • If your thyroid secretes fewer of these hormones, your metabolic rate is lower; thus you’ll burn fewer calories each day.

That’s why hypothyroidism – a condition in which the gland fails to secrete enough thyroid hormones – makes it harder to lose weight.

Hypothyroidism also increases the chance of weight gain. People affected by the condition gain, on average, between 15 and 30 pounds (7 to 14 kg) of weight in the first year after they are diagnosed.

Here’s what to do:

The three most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, and weight gain.

Other signs and symptoms are constipation, dry skin, a puffy face, hoarseness, thinning hair, and muscle weakness.

If you exhibit one or more of the above symptoms and you seem to do everything right, but still can’t lose weight, get your thyroid checked.

Fortunately, this condition is relatively easy to treat if diagnosed. So, if you experience one or more of the symptoms outlined above, reach out to your medical professional.