Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid
We’re at that time of year when many of us are trying to drop a few lbs. The Christmas chocolates and treats are finally running out, and you have set yourself a New Year’s resolution or target to reach a certain weight or improve your fitness.
Many of us go on extreme diets, look at Plastic surgery or join a gym at the start of a new year because we are unhappy with our bodies, our fitness levels or our appearance. But, even though weight loss goals are common, a lot of us are still making the same mistakes. Let’s take a look at the main ones and how you can avoid them.
If you are calorie counting, skipping breakfast can seem like the easiest way to eat less and lose weight. In some cases, it can work. If you are strict with it, intermittent fasting, and only eating for 8 hours a day, can be very successful. But if you aren’t careful missing breakfast can backfire terribly. You’ll be more likely eat larger portions, snack throughout the afternoon, eat later into the night or even have a huge binge.
Not Eating Enough
If you want to lose weight, you eat less, right? Well, yes, up to a point. However, dropping too many calories can see your body enter starvation mode. When this happens, it stops burning fat as quickly, and your weight loss slows. Aim to reduce your calorie intake by no more than 500 a day for a steady and healthy weight loss.
Exercise is just as important as diet when it comes to sustained weight loss and is another reason you shouldn’t cut too many calories. Exercising without enough food fuel could make you ill and reduce your bodies abilities. You certainly wouldn’t be able to push yourself as hard as you need to in order to burn fat and increase muscle and stamina.
Only Doing Cardio
Cardio exercises are those that get you moving, make your heart beat faster and leave you feeling out of breath. Things like running and swimming. These exercises burn the most calories and are what dieters tend to focus on.
But, if you want to lose weight and gain a lean and toned body, strength training is just as important. Firstly, because, the stronger your muscles, the better your cardio performance and the more calories you’ll burn.
Secondly, because strength training like Pilates and weight-lifting increase your metabolic rate. This means that unlike cardio exercises, you continue to burn extra calories for up to 36 hours after you leave the gym. So, if you lift weights, then go for a walk that evening, you’ll burn up to 3 times more calories than you would if you’d been for a run that morning instead.
Finally, losing weight can leave your body confused. Something often referred to as skinny fat. You’ll have lost weight, but you’ll still be flabby. Strength training tones your muscles and helps you to look great.
Restricting Your Diet
Cutting whole food groups, or completely banning yourself from the things that you enjoy, can have a similar effect to skipping breakfast. Instead, allow yourself a little of what you love, or have the odd day off eventually. Chill out a little and love yourself!