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9 Sneaky Ways You Are Ruining Your Weight Loss JourneyWhen it becomes incredibly frustrating, you'll start to think - what should I have done differently?

You’re cutting your sugar intake and going to the gym thrice a week. But you’re STILL NOT losing weight. Gah!

I know how you feel — believe me! Nothing can be as incredibly frustrating as working your butt off and still not seeing any results.

1. You’re just relying on exercise to lose weight.

It is a popular misconception that in order to lose weight, one must spend hours at the gym each day. Well, it’s just that — a misconception. Exercise is helpful in burning the calories that we take in. Exercising regularly also has incredible health benefits, improving our fitness, mental clarity, and overall wellness. But when we rely on exercise as our only weight loss method, I’m sorry but it doesn’t work like that.

What you can do:

Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle to improve your health, but for weight loss, watch what you are eating. Only eat healthy foods, watch your sugar intake, and avoid junk food.

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2. You’re taking certain medications.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s possible that your medications might be causing you to not lose weight. Some of these medications include anti-depressants, antibiotics, birth control pills (!), steroids, and anti-histamines. Yet probably the most notorious of medicines that induce weight gain are beta blockers and angiotensin-receptor blockers. These medications prevent migraine and regulate blood pressure, but they’re also known to cause a weight gain of 5-7 pounds!

What you can do:

Ask your doctor. Be completely honest with your doctor about your concerns and ask for possible alternative options.

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3. You’re always hanging out with your friends.

I love my friends, and if I could, I would hang out with them everyday. But here’s the thing: I probably won’t. Even if I my schedule wasn’t already bursting at the seams, always being out with my friends is so bad for my weight. Here’s why: eating out causes weight gain. I’ve put it too simply, but it’s the truth. When you’re eating out and are distracted by laughing and swapping stories with your amigas, you’re less likely to notice your body cues. You’re less likely to realise that you’re already full and more likely to reach out for another cupcake while listening to your friend’s misadventures in Honolulu.

Sadly, even though you’re eating at a healthy restaurant, you can still overeat.

What you can do:

Practising self-control is easier said than done, so just avoid eating out as much as you can. You can host a dinner party instead at your house where you can control the food that you’re serving. If you really need to eat out, make sure you’re not starving when you arrive. You can also “accidentally” spill water on your food to make it inedible (just make sure the food is not for sharing!).

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