5 Fat Loss Mistakes You May Be Making
When it comes to weight loss, if you are making these fat loss mistakes, you may never get the results you have been so badly wanting. The desire to lose weight fast have many setting themselves up for failure.
Here are 5 common fat loss mistakes that will stop you from getting results.
1. Not Taking In Enough Calories.
It is well known that in order to lose weight, you should reduce calories. This does not mean you should starve yourself. Your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to stored fat for energy when you don take in enough calories. Your best method would be to to cut back 250 to 500 calories a day.
2. Spot Reducing.
This has to be one of the most believed fat loss mistakes. If you are holding fat in a specific area, you won’t be able to eliminate the fat in that area only. You need to lose weight through your body as a whole. Doing specific exercises in hope of toning that area and burning the fat off will not work. You can work specific muscles but to burn fat, it has to be an overall body process.
3. Overdoing Cardio
Doing a ton of cardio may have cardiovascular benefits but when it comes to burning fat, it may not be the best way. This may sound wrong but there is some reason for this. When you perform long bouts of cardio day after day, you will start to lose muscle, especially when you have a calorie deficit. You can replace a few of those cardio sessions with weight training. Weight training can also have you burning fat and can help raise your metabolism.
The type of cardio performed also can be a factor. Low intensity, long duration is not the best for fat loss. Keeping your metabolism running high is the key to fat loss. You won’t accomplish this if you are walking on a treadmill and reading a book. A routine like this will have little effect on your metabolism and will slow right back down as soon as you are finished. However, HIIT which is alternating high intensity and low intensity bouts, will have your metabolism sky high for many hours after your workout.
4. Eliminating Some Food Groups.
Unless you know that you have an intolerance or allergy to a certain food or food group, you should not stop eating any food group. For instance, going gluten-free has become very trendy in hoping to lose fat. Unfortunately, after a month or two after eliminating gluten, many have found no success. Substituting gluten-containing foods like pizza, bread, bagels, and cereals with non gluten varieties may just be as bad. Guess what. Theses gluten-free varieties usually have the same amount of calories.
Another once trendy diet was the no carb diet. This was quickly proven to be ineffective as it left many having no energy at all.
Don’t fall for these traps. Instead, follow a well-balanced diet with lots of whole foods.
5. Not Taking In Enough Fat.
I know, this sounds wrong when it comes to trying to lose fat not all fats are bad. This is one of the fat loss mistakes that many people make because they don’t understand. The fact is, fat can be an important part of successful weight loss plan. The important thing is that you are eating the right kind of fat. Unsaturated fat from seeds, nuts, seeds, olives, oils, and avocados, are actually beneficial. It stabilizes your appetite, keeps your blood sugar levels controlled, and may also raise your resting metabolic rate. It is important to stay away from saturated fat that is found in refined baked goods, deep-fried and processed foods.
I hope that you find avoiding these 5 fat loss mistakes has you on track to seeing the results you have been wanting. What do you think? Comment below on how you may have improved your weight loss.