4. Adding stress to a highly stressful environment
Working long hours, getting less than 8 hours restful sleep each night, drinking coffee or energy drinks to make it through the day, stressing about financial or relationship problems, consuming a poor diet, sitting down for most of your day and exercising rarely or never.
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, your body is already under a great deal of stress.
Your body does not recognise the difference between physical stress and mental stress, however both are contributing factors of disease. If you begin a diet in a stressful state you are overloading the system. Illness is often the result and it may cause you to actually put weight on! You need to work on eliminating stress from all areas of your life in order to achieve a healthy body. Start by ensuring adequate sleep and minimizing the amount of caffeine you are consuming each day.
Learn to listen to your body and give it what it needs. Your body knows best.
5. Taking advice from 'self-appointed nutritionists'
It feels great when your friends, family and colleagues take an interest in your health and wellbeing. Their support can help to keep you on track to achieving your goals. Keep an eye out for the 'self-appointed nutritionists'. These are the friends and family who have an opinion on what you should or should not be eating. They may have read something in a magazine, read a nutrition book or listened to poor advice from another 'self-appointed nutritionist' and feel very strongly about their beliefs.
There is no 'one size fits all' approach when it comes to nutrition. You are a unique individual and your nutritional needs are unique to you. Always seek the help of a qualified professional when making decisions regarding your health and fitness.
Lifestyle changes can be exciting, and the results will be worth it. Enjoy the journey to a healthier you.