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8 Missing key micronutrients

If you don’t cut smart, a reduced-calorie diet could leave you short on the vitamins and minerals your body needs. “Being in a caloric deficit may mean you aren’t getting enough of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed to keep your body running at an optimal level,” DeLeon says.

In order to make sure you’re fueling your body to optimal levels, she recommends you supplement with an omega-3 product, a multivitamin, and branched chain amino acids.

9 Relying on Sports Drinks

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Finally, one last way that you might be sabotaging your progress is through an over-reliance on sports drinks, especially those with lots of sugar in them. Sure, you want that extra edge, but drinking down added sugar and empty calories isn’t the best way to go.

“While some sports drinks provide great benefits during intense training and can improve your athletic performance, they are not necessarily intended for weight loss,” DeLeon says. They’re also not a substitute for whole foods, so don’t think you can power through your day on liquids alone!

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