You’ve made the decision to lose weight. You’re ready to commit to a workout routine and clean up your diet. But for some reason, your weight loss efforts don’t seem to be going anywhere. What’s the problem? It might be your mindset. To find out if it is, see if you think these five weight loss beliefs. If you do, they might keep you from losing weight.

Eat less food and move your body more

The problem with calorie restriction, according to this study, is that it slows your metabolism way down. And with a slow metabolism, it’s harder to burn fat and lose weight. There’s no need to starve yourself. Instead, get smart about what you eat. 

Eat many small meals throughout the day

On the flip side, you may believe that you should eat many small meals to keep your metabolism kickin’. But this, too, poses a problem to weight loss. Fitness expert, Jillian Michaels says “you’ll never burn any fat” this way. 

That’s because they lead to frequent insulin release. And the more insulin released in the body, the more often sugar gets moved out of the blood and into cells, where it’s stored as fat.

Breakfast is your most important meal

If you believe breakfast is the most important meal, you may eat even when you’re not hungry. But this is a big No, according to celebrity nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder. She shares that if your body isn’t hungry, it means it doesn’t need food yet. 

Eating breakfast anyway can interfere with the body’s natural detoxification process and leave you with more calories that you actually need.

Protein shakes are a must-have post-workout drink

After a workout, your body may enter into a state of ketosis and draw on fat stores for it’s energy. However, when you drink a protein shake, you flood your body with carbohydrates, interrupt the state of ketosis and allow your body to reach for easy fuel in the form of carbohydrates. This can interfere with what might have been a good weight loss effort. 

Dietary fat makes you fat

In a seven year study, two groups of women ate two different diets. One group reduced fat intake, the other didn’t. After seven years, both groups only had a one pound difference in their overall weight. In short, a healthy balanced diet with good fats ill not contribute to unhealthy weight gain. And if you want to lose weight, it’s okay to keep healthy fats in your diet.