When it comes to losing weight we all want the magic quick fix. Unfortunately, there is no magic quick fix to shedding those unwanted pounds.
The problem with so called quick fixes is they almost always backfire on you. Yes you will lose a few pounds in the beginning, but as soon as you resume your regular eating habits you will gain all the weight back.
In some cases you will even put on a few pounds extra.
Check out these 5 weight loss mistakes you are probably making right now, and see what you should be doing instead to get the best results.
In a previous article we discussed how its perfectly fine to skip breakfast.
And while we stand by that tip, it is also important to understand how skipping breakfast can also be a big mistake for someone who is looking to lose weight.
Eating breakfast is a great way to get your metabolism revved up first thing in the morning.
And depending on where you are in your weight loss journey, sometimes not eating breakfast can lead to you eating more later on in the day.
Consider having a slow digesting carb such as oatmeal for breakfast.
Working Out More While Consuming Fewer Calories
This is probably the biggest mistake people make when they first start their weight loss journey. They start working out more and they eat less thinking this will help them lose weight faster.
That however is not the case. When you start working out more your body will naturally crave more food. This is because it needs fuel to make it through those workouts.
When you cut your calories and simultaneously increase the amount of time you are working out, you literally deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to function properly.
If you up the amount of time you are working out, make sure you also increase the amount of calories you are consuming.
Doing Hours and Hours of Cardio
This is usually a mistake you see women make. The problem with this approach is you will ultimately end up with the “skinny fat” look.
Yes doing hours of cardio will help you lose weight, but it won’t be beneficial to your body composition. Too much cardio can actually lead to muscle loss which is why you get that “skinny fat” look.
For best results do shorter workouts that are more intense. This is known as high intensity interval training and is proven to help you burn more calories in a shorter period of time.
Even better is the fact that you will continue to burn calories long after you have finished your high intensity interval training workout.
Reducing Calories In a Dramatic Fashion
The one thing you should never do is restrict your calories in a dramatic fashion. This type of approach never works. Not only is it not sustainable, but it is also not healthy to reduce your calories by such a large amount.
By eating too few calories you will actually hinder your weight loss progress. Anytime your body doesn’t get enough food it will hold on to more calories.
As a result you will find it very difficult to lose weight no matter how much you workout.
Severe calorie restriction can also cause damage to your metabolism. Once your metabolism is damaged losing weight can seem like its virtually impossible.
Instead of reducing your calories in a dramatic fashion, start off by dropping just 300-500 calories from your diet.
Combine that with an exercise program and you will start to see a difference in a matter of days.
Doing a Cleanse
Cleanses can be great when done right. The problem is most cleanses are extremely dangerous.
And while most people think drinking juice and eating soup is low in calories, the reality is most of them can be extremely high in calories.
If you are consuming a juice that is packed with superfoods, you will be consuming anywhere between 300-800 calories.
Keep in mind that juices that are used for meal replacements should not be used as soda alternatives. This is a sure way to consume far too many calories throughout the day.
Doing a juice cleanse is a great way to detox your body and start creating new eating habits. As long as you can stick with your new eating habits for the long haul, then the juice cleanse will have proven to be a success.
If on the other hand you go right back to your old eating habits after the cleanse, then that’s a sign this is not the right approach for you.
When it boils down to it losing weight is all about consistency. No matter what approach you take, you have to be consistent.
Yes there will be times that you slip up. But as long as you don’t stay down, you will see amazing results. Just remember that it takes 12 weeks to form a new habit.
Once eating right and working out becomes a habit you will have no problem completely transforming your body and your life.