As it’s the beginning of 2017 and everyone is making their best efforts to eat healthy, get active and lose weight, I thought it was the perfect time to share the top 5 mistakes that people can make which can affect their weightloss. I discovered these tips through trial and error and am certain that if you avoid doing these and are aware that they can sabotage your hard work then you can steer clear and continue on the right path. If you’ve been making any of these mistakes, don’t worry! You can always implement the right way from now on! So, let’s get to it!
Not Drinking Enough Water!
Water is essential to weightloss, there is no two ways about it! Everyone should be drinking AT LEAST 2 litres of water a day. Water hydrates you powering your workouts and boosting your energy, it increases your metabolism and helps you to burn more calories, it helps fend off hunger pangs helping you get through those slumps in work when all you want is a sugar fix, it boost circulation, is great for our skin…. need I go on? Make sure you’re drinking enough water each day, it is ESSENTIAL!
You can’t out-train a bad diet!
Don’t think that just because you did a really tough workout or HIIT class that you are now entitled to eat 3 burgers and a donut. Weightloss doesn’t work that way and giving yourself the excuse that you’ll work it off just won’t cut it. This is a really bad habit, because in a way you’re rewarding yourself for your workout with food, which goes against why you’re trying to lose the weight in the first place! Break your ties with food, eat protein and a small amount of carbs after your workouts, but don’t allow yourself to binge and then try and justify it by saying you went to the gym. You might as well have stayed at home and still ate the crap food. There is no justifying it.
Not weighing your food!
This is very important, we can’t just “guesstimate” what amount of calories are in certain amount of foods! Weighing your food can be time consuming but it’s necessary to ensure you’re not over-eating and exceeding your calorie limits for the day. Just because you have a small amount of something doesn’t mean that it’s a small amount of calories and this is important for people to understand because a “pinch” of cheese or a “squeeze” of mayonnaise can add over a 100 calories to your meal and even though it doesn’t seem like much it is and it’s tripping you up. So be smart about it and measure everything, you will reap the benefits on the scales!
This one I know I’ve mentioned before and there’s a pretty obvious reason as to why skipping meals can be detrimental to your weightloss. If you skip a meal you are more likely to over-eat at your next meal, you are extra hungry and therefore think that because you didn’t have your breakfast for example that you can have an extra big lunch, you are also more likely to choose less healthy foods too because your brain is justifying it by saying it’s 2 meals in one, but it’s not, don’t fool yourself! Be prepared and don’t skip any meals.
Doing Repetitive Workouts
Now this is important because not a lot of people are aware of this. If you do the same workout every single day your body becomes used to it and you won’t continue to lose fat and tone up at the same rate you once did. Switch up your workouts daily, increasing the weight and changing the movements and exercises. This will consistently have your body in a state where it doesn’t know what is coming and you’ll find that you’re using much more muscle groups and getting a well rounded workout instead of training the same muscles every day. So shake it up and often as you can!