Not Losing Weight? 5 Fat Loss Mistakes You May Be Making
Trying to shed a few pounds is always harder than it sounds. We are constantly told that all we need to do is eat less and move around more to lose weight. And, this works up to a certain point. But there are also common fat loss mistakes you may be making that prevent you from reaching your goals.
However, there will come a time when the results will slowly grind to a halt and nothing seems to work. This can be very frustrating and can often lead to de-motivation and a loss of focus that can send you off track and even lead you to gain the weight back. Don’t despair! The good news is you can fix this problem easily once you identify what the issue is and avoid these common fat loss mistakes.
5 Common Fat Loss Mistakes
Mistake 1: Lack of consistency
Most people are just not doing enough in terms of exercise and nutrition on a consistent basis to lose weight. Whether that be missing workouts or cheating too much on the diet, especially during the weekend, all of these factors add up and lead to a stall in progress. There a number of reasons for this, but the ones we see most often are:
- The program is either too restrictive or too extreme, so it’s not sustainable.
- You have unrealistic expectations for getting results, so you lose motivation when they don't happen.
- You don’t plan or lack of definite goals, so your focus is easily lost.
- You don’t have a support network, so you feel isolated and unable to continue.
Mistake 2: Not tracking calories
A calorie deficit is critical for losing weight, but are you actually tracking how many calories you eat every day or just guessing? Once you start eating better and choosing healthier food sources, there is a tendency to think that is enough. It may work initially depending on how much weight you need to lose, but once fat loss starts to slow and then stop, it's time to asses your calorie intake.
Mistake 3: Not enough protein
Most dieters cut out too many calories from protein sources from their diets. Eating protein is extremely important for both health and fat loss. Protein is extremely metabolically friendly. Of all of the sources of nutrition, protein requires the most energy (calories) to break down, process and absorb. Eating more protein not only helps you burn fat, but also keeps you fuller longer. Also, consuming enough protein in your diet will help you maintain lean muscle mass. The more muscle you have in your body, the higher level of calories you will burn at rest. As a starting point when trying to lose fat, aim to eat 1 g of protein per pound of bodyweight. Our Clean Lean Protein delivers more than 20g of protein per serving, making it a easy and convenient source to hit your daily protein levels especially if you are doing a lot of exercise.
Mistake 4: Lack of proper hydration
Are you drinking enough water? Probably not. The more hydrated you are, the better you feel and perform. Having below-optimal levels of hydration vastly impedes brain function, both from the perspective of cognitive function and the regulation of the nervous system. Increased water intake also leads to increased fat loss through improved kidney function and improved metabolic processes of fat loss.
Mistake 5: Far too much cardio
You are doing too much cardio. Way too much. When starting a fat loss program, it is a classic mistake to do hours and hours of cardio. At first you may see some results but if you continue to do too much, you stand a good chance of producing too much of the catabolic hormone Cortisol. When you are producing lots of cortisol you run the risk of losing muscle mass and therefore your natural metabolism slows down. So, while you may be burning some calories for that hour on the treadmill, your body is slowly burning less and less calories the other 23 hours of the day can eventually halt any progress you are making. Start with three 20-30 minute cardio sessions per week using both high intensity and low intensity variations for best results. There are 5 of the top reasons that may be preventing you from losing fat and getting your dream body.
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