Common mistake people make in their teens and 20's that affect health

Our society has set ridiculous standards of beauty and letting the way you look define you. This impacts everyone a certain way but takes the biggest toll on the younger majority. Lots of teens embark on their journey to lose weight and while taking care of your health is great, most people don’t do it the right way. Here are some common mistakes almost everyone make in their journey towards fitness and also how you can fix them:

The problem: Depriving yourself of entire food groups.

How to fix it: Our body needs all macronutrients and micronutrients to function properly. When we talk about fat loss, all that matters is calories. Those calories could come from an apple or a chocolate bar. As long as you’re in a caloric deficit, you won’t gain weight eating a chocolate bar either and neither will your resistance to eat one eventually result in you going all out. That being said, you should focus on whole foods mostly and incorporate some treats to satisfy your cravings.

The problem: One bad day followed by guilt and a week of unhealthy eating

How to fix it: We’re human and just like any human being out there, we make mistakes. You cannot stay true to your diet 365 days a year. One bad day doesn’t mean you need to ruin all your progress by guilt eating throughout the week. Enjoy your meal, move on and get back on track the next day.

The problem: Not eating enough vegetables

How to fix it: Majority of the people ignore their veggies and how important they are. Vegetables are packed with nutrients and help keep you full. Not to mention, they’re extremely low calorie and make for great high volume foods in very few calories. I cannot stress enough on how important it is to incorporate veggies into your day.

The problem: Weight loss pills

How to fix it: As simple as it gets, if weight loss could be achieved through a pill, no one in the world would be overweight. All medication comes with endless side effects and hardly and results. Put in the work. Don’t rely on pills.

The problem: Trying to lose drastic amount of weight in little time

How to fix it: How many times have you heard “I want to lose weight for XYZ event?” Countless times. The truth is there is no way to lose weight ‘fast’. You didn’t gain weight overnight, you won’t lose it overnight either. Yes, someone out there with a blessed metabolism might have done it but that doesn’t mean everyone can. Focus on losing a healthy amount of weight slow and steady so you can sustain it.