If you’re one of those people who are constantly on a diet or who take care of their food intake and are careful with portion sizes and eat healthy foods but still can’t lose the wanted weight – you’re not alone. Many people think that what they do is by the book, but if you haven’t lost a pound of weight in all the time you’ve been eating clean, there has to be something you do. Little mistakes sometimes can cost you a lot, so beware of the following ones.
If you skip breakfast, regardless of how healthy your lunch is, there’s mistake number one. If you don’t skip breakfast, but it consists of a little something you chip on your way out, there’s another mistake. Your breakfast time must be reserved for breakfast only and the meal must be protein-rich to keep you energized throughout the day.
Your workout routine consists of one type of exercise – say cardio. You’ve probably heard that cardio is the best for weight loss and it’s true, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do any other activity. Mix your routine. One day do cardio, the next day do yoga. Some days do weight lifting, and some brisk walking. This will help your body activate all muscles and take a rest between each activity.
Speaking of weight lifting, don’t make the mistake of using light weights only. Sometimes, you need to increase the weight in order to make your muscles fight for their mass. If you’re not sure which ones to use, consult a trainer or do your own research online.
If you think that eating before a workout is wrong, you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, the body needs food before getting physically active in order to have energy to endure the workout. Before you hit the road or the gym, eat a high-protein meal. Protein builds muscle mass and gives useful energy which won’t turn into fat. However, do not eat the second before you start to work out. You don’t want it to come straight back up :S
Another huge mistake when getting fit is to be on the scale every day or even week. Forget about the scale. It doesn’t mean anything if you feel fitter, lighter and better. Get on the scale in a month or two so that you can see noticeable progress. You can’t lose much weight in one week because you didn’t gain it in one week, right? So get rid of the scale and take it somewhere you won’t be tempted to get on it.
You think diet drinks are really helping your diet? Yet another mistake. Yes, they don’t contain sugar, but if you drink 3 diet sodas, it’s the same amount of carbohydrates as one regular soda and this is not good for your diet. Instead of sodas, opt for healthier alternatives. Good old water, unsweetened tea, fresh lemonade or fruit juice etc.
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