As a trainer, I come across many different types of people trying to lose weight. What strikes me each time, are the wrong ideas they have about losing weight. This also explains why they either lose weight and gain it back, or don’t lose any weight at all. Knowing which pitfalls to avoid when you’re trying to lose weight is essential to lasting success. I’ll spill the beans on a few of them.
If you think that you can quickly lose weight by starving yourself, think again. Cutting out entire food groups and eating minimal calories is dangerous. You might suffer a nutritional deficiency, feel sick and moody, and you’ll also lack energy to exercise or do anything else for that matter. Sure, you might lose some weight at first, but your metabolism is bound to slow down, which stalls your weight loss. Also, when you start eating normal again, you’ll gain the lost weight back and then some.
Exercising Too Much
Working up a sweat in the gym everyday for hours at a time isn’t necessary to lose weight. More so, it can negatively affect your progress. According to Dr. Mercola, a bestselling author and owner of the Dr. Mercola’s Natural Health Center, exercising too much can cause insomnia, weaken your immune system, increase the stress hormone cortisol in your body and heighten your risk of injuries. Mercola also stresses that overexercising and not allowing your body enough recovery time in between workouts can excessively stress you heart and trigger heart problems.
Skipping the Weight Room
Women especially tend to skip the weight room and opt for cardio instead. They’re often afraid of bulking up and getting muscular like men, or they just don’t know how to use the different weight and machines. Many women attempt to lift weights, but don’t lift enough weight for it to be effective. Lifting weights stimulates muscle tissue which burns up more calories just to exist. Strength training will also make your clothes seem bigger, because you lose inches; muscle takes up less space than fat. For the resistance to be effective, always use challenging weights that make the last two repetitions of each set tough to complete.
Although you can lose weight through diet and exercise, if you eat oversize portions, you might be sabotaging your progress by consuming more calories than you think. Instead of eating a whole pack of cookies, eat just one or two. Rather than eating a full restaurant portion, take half home to eat the next day. You might find eating from smaller plates and drinking from smaller cups effective, because it tricks your mind into thinking you’re getting full servings.