We can talk about weight loss for days or weeks but what we ignore more than often is whether the process we are following has a positive impact overall on us or are we putting our bodies through a whole level of different stress that can cause issues in the long run.
If you are one of those people who are working really hard towards getting into a leaner shape and look good feel good, then you must avoid these 9 common mistakes that can affect your health.
1) Completely Cutting Carbs
Carbohydrates are an essential part of our nutrition plan. We need carbohydrates as they give us energy to perform our daily activities, movements, training etc. Complete elimination of carbs can cause internal weakness and lack of energy as your body. Also our cravings for high sugary stuff starts to rise which can manipulate with our blood sugar levels.
It is better to replace bad carbohydrates with good sources of carbohydrates. You can download a copy of Grocery Shopping List from Free Resources.
2) Missing Meals
I have personally met so many people who have one solution to weight loss – Missing Meals or Skipping meals. The first meal of the day breakfast is often missed thinking which leads a eating a big lunch and slightly less bigger dinner. By doing that we actually boosting our fat storage tendency.
By skipping a meal, we put our body into a starvation mode. When we have our first meal which in this example is lunch, as an average individual we end up eating more than we need because our body needs energy. While we do that our body recognizes a lack of food so it starts storing whatever food it gets in the form of fat to use it as a source of energy. Therefore, instead of missing meals starts consuming 5 small meals a day which boost our metabolism and weight loss tendency.
Ok this an important one that you want to put in check every time you feel like snacking. Majority of times when we feel like having a snack or sweet cravings, it is because we are not hydrates enough. In simple words, we haven’t had enough water. In such a situation our body creates signals to our brain that it needs something and our conscious brain thinks of that something as “food”, which is where most of us mistake our thirst with hunger.
Check yourself next time it happens, you might just be thirsty.
4) Spending Hours doing Cardio
Another common mistake a lot of people, especially women, make is spend hours on cardio machines in the gym. I have seen people doing a hard-core group fitness session for 45 minutes and then go for a second one straight after that. It is a known fact and also proven by research that our body burns more fat with weight training as compared to running on treadmill.
My tip is to spend no more than 45 minutes on weight training (light or medium); or a cardiovascular training. The most effective is when you train with a training partner or join a group fitness activity that helps you push harder.
5) Artificial and Cosmetic treatments
A BIG NO! There sure our very expensive surgeries, or treatments one can go after to suck that fat in or burn the fat cells through artificial equipment’s. But before you go in that path make sure you are aware of the side effects (internal and external). These are short term treatments that is good from the outside but are still harming you from inside and the results are guaranteed.
Fitness is about changing your habits which is an internal process instead of an external change
6) Sleeping Patterns
Too much or too less of anything is bad for us and same goes for sleep. When we are not getting enough sleep our body’s cortisol levels (stress hormones) increases. This means that body isn’t getting enough recovery and is constantly under stress. This impact our immune system and metabolism, therefore, leading to internal weakness as well as improper digestion of food. This means the body has higher toxin levels which are converting into fat.
On the other hand, sleeping for 9-10 hours also impacts the overall function of the body. Sleeping long hour’s puts a body in a long fasting set up. People in this category eat huge meals after waking up and also suffer from internal weakness because of lack of body movement.
TIP: Sleep 6-8 hours a day and go to bed early to start your day early.
7) Late Night Snacking
This one is tied up with the sleeping patterns. Late night snacking or mid-night snacking is very common amongst people. This usually happens to people who either haven’t had proper dinner; or working late hours; or simply love eating anytime of the day.
Having food too close to sleeping hours can be harmful at a lot of levels as you are putting your organs to huge work while sleeping. Our organs needs proper rest, therefore, one must give at least 2 hours to let the food settle before they go to bed. This means dinner on time with proper nutritional value.
8) Over indulging on Social Occasions
Alright! Think we all are guilty of indulging in delicious food on social gatherings and there is nothing wrong with that either. The only problem is when we over indulge ourselves more than our body needs. A good tip to enjoy food in social event is by reducing your carbs couple of days prior to the event, this process is called carb cycling. Another better option if you want to stay good with what you pick is by having protein shake 30 minutes before arriving at the event, as protein will keep you full for long time and you won’t feel like over indulging at all.
9) Use Workout as An Excuse to Binge Eat
A very common mistake that even I have made initially due to lack of knowledge about nutrition. Just because we have done a good training session doesn’t allow us to eat whatever we want. In fact, we must be very careful of what we are feeding our body and try to educate ourselves about proper nutrition and a balanced meal. Taking workout as an excuse to eat anything is pretty much why so many people are shocked to see NO results in their weight loss journey.
Well whatever your goal is – fitness, weight or fat lass, muscle building, or lean muscle mass – paying attention to avoiding these common mistakes can accelerate your results. The hard work you are putting will start to give you results, believe it or not.
Thanks a lot for taking time to read these points, hopefully they are helpful to you and your loves ones. After all, health is our biggest wealth.
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