No matter how hard and consistently you exercise and pray for a lower number to appear on the scale, certain habits will hinder you from achieving your fitness goals. Many of us have hit a plateau or are unable to make any progress and have no idea why. If you find yourself running in circles and getting no results, it may be that you have unhealthy addictions that are keeping you stagnant and you may not even realize it. Here are four addictions that are messing up your fitness.

Sugar

While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a cookie here or there, you will want to be careful because consuming too much sugar can be detrimental to your fitness goals. Sugar is not only attached to some of the most deadly diseases and chronic illnesses, but it is also likely the blame for the excess fat around your waistline. Sweet Defeat says that excess sugar consumption leads to inflammation within the body which causes high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. It can even lead to depression with the constant sugar highs and lows you experience. As delicious as it is, sugar is highly addictive and will ultimately translate into fat. If you want to continue consuming sweets, do so sparingly and try eating them before workouts so you will have a higher chance of burning it off.

Alcohol

It may be tempting to down a couple of shots of vodka following a long, strenuous workout, however, doing so religiously means that you probably are a functional alcoholic and drinking on a daily basis will set you behind in more ways than one. Statistics from The Recovery Village say that you’re not alone — just under 20 percent of alcoholics are functioning alcoholics. Firstly, drinking a lot of alcohol can potentially dehydrate the body as it acts as a diuretic. This can lead to muscle cramping making it difficult to achieve a satisfying workout. Alcohol is also so potent that it can diminish the nutrients within the body making you both hungry and fatigued. Lastly, alcohol is loaded with empty calories, so you are bound to gain weight or become unable to burn fat off.

Soda

If your goal is to become fit, soda is out of the question. While the caffeine content may be beneficial for your workout, sodas are loaded with sugar and empty calories—both are detrimental for your health. Men’s Journal says that it is estimated that a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains a whopping 39 grams of sugar! Consuming that much sugar at once will cause a huge spike in your insulin levels leaving you feeling more hungry and in an overall weakened state. Do yourself a favor and try lemon water instead.

Too Much Exercise

Your resting period is just as important as your workout. Though regular exercise is imperative when trying to improve your overall wellbeing, you must allow your body time to recover. Healthline says that without allowing your body time to reboot after a workout, it will begin to rebel. During the resting period, your body repairs any damaged tissues and works to replenish your energy. Not taking time off after a few exercise sessions can lead to both muscle aches, cramps and soreness making you more prone to injury.

Attaining fitness requires more than pumping weights at the gym or spending hours on the treadmill. In order to improve your aesthetics and feel better holistically, you have to pay attention to the tricky little things that may be throwing you off track.

For help attaining your fitness goals, and for support to kick the habits that are preventing you from reaching those goal, schedule a free fitness assessment with one of our personal trainers and get back on track with your personal fitness journey!