This Is the No. 1 Reason You’re Not Losing Weight

Working out| eating right| and still not seeing the results you’re after? Nothing can be more frustrating. But CrossFit competitor Christmas Abbott| author of The Badass Body Diet ($28)| knows what could be the issue.

“The biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight is they restrict themselves too much|” says Christmas. And this means not only the food choices people are making but also the amount they’re eating. Christmas adds that when you deprive the body of food| it will go into starvation mode and store what food it does get as fat. But if the foods you are eating are all foods that you hate| Christmas warns that you “won’t stick with the program| and the bigger picture of a lifestyle change is lost.”

Your best bet is to try and find a happy medium between eating enough calories to keep you satiated| but enough to also create a calorie deficit to result in a pound or two lost a week. You can’t live on kale alone| so be sure to include foods you love| and if they’re not the healthiest| either find healthier ways to enjoy them ¡ª check out these lightened-up versions of your favorite comfort foods ¡ª or allow yourself just a small taste each day| say of chocolate| to satisfy your cravings. This way of eating will be much easier to maintain for a period of time| so you’ll be more apt to stick with it and reach your goal.

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