1. Eating too much of healthy foods

Just because a certain food is considered ‘healthy’ does not mean that you can eat as much of it as you like. As losing fat comes down to calorie balance, it’s easy to overeat on foods that we think are fair game. For example, a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter contains around 350 calories! Although considered a healthy snack, this is the calorie equivalent of a portion of regular fries from McDonalds. Download the calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal and keep track of the food you are eating. Moderation is key, even with healthy products.

2. Not exercising enough

You think that a light stroll in the park or a slow twenty minutes on a cross-trainer is going to be enough to start dropping body fat? Think again. Lighter activities like slow walking or gardening might seem like sufficient exercise but longer calorie burning sessions are required. Gardening for an hour burns around 200-400 calories. An hour of jogging burns around 600-800 calories. To put it simply: dig out those workout trainers, as you won’t make progress unless you put in the hard work.

3. Not creating a support network

If you have a significant amount of body fat that you need shifting, it’s going to be a long journey to full health. Creating a support network can be a major key to your success. If loved ones, who you spend most your time with, are not on board with your journey, it can make things a whole lot tougher. Our recommendation: sit your family and friends down and explain how important this is to you. If you can’t gain their support then try and find likeminded people who are on the same path as you. Weight loss support groups and exercises classes at your local gym are a good starting point. If you want a more personal approach, hiring a qualified personal trainer is a sure-fire way to success.

4. Not getting enough sleep

Studies show that when we are sleep deprived we make poorer food choices. We’ve all been there. We go to bed with the best intentions of restarting our health kick, but our alarm goes off the next morning and we feel exhausted. Your sleep was anything but restful, probably because you spent hours on your phone and went to bed much later than should have. You reach for that morning coffee and ANY food that is going to give you energy to get you through your busy day ahead. Those good intentions seem a lifetime ago and, once again, you utter the words: “I’ll sta