If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ve probably turned to the internet for help and advice (I mean, you’re reading this article right now.)
And you’ve no doubt been told a million different (often conflicting) things you should be doing –
“Cut ALL carbs.”
“No, carbs are good, it’s sugar you need to cut.”
“Only eat unrefined carbs.”
“Don’t eat fruit.”
“Eat only fruit until 3pm.”
Ugh. All of this conflicting advice is enough to make you want to fall onto the couch with a packet of Little Debbie cakes and binge-watch Real Housewives…
The weight loss world is full of companies and self-appointed experts competing for attention, often spreading misinformation and making impossible promises.
If you’re a woman struggling with weight loss, there’s a good chance you have heard some unreliable information, causing you to make a mistake or two. Just a bit of misinformation can make weight loss seem like an almost impossible feat. It’s so predictable. They just want to get into your… purse.
It really doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. By learning about these 3 common mistakes, you can quickly unlock your potential and get back to getting results.
3 Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes Women Make
#1 – Starvation Diets
If 1400 calories is good, 1000 must be even better, right?
Your body needs fuel to burn fat properly. As strange as it may sound, if you cut your calories back too far, your body will actually begin conserving its store of fat.
Think about wild animals in winter.
When they eat less and less each day, the body gets “worried” and prepares itself for continued scarcity of food.
Your body is the same. Too little food, and it will preserve its energy stores (i.e., fat) as long as possible. You may experience initial success, but it will quickly hit a plateau.
#2 – Overdoing Cardio Training
If there’s one mistake that it seems like most women make when they’re trying to lose weight, it’s hours spent on cardio machines.
While some smart cardio training (such as sprint training) can be beneficial for fat loss, there’s no need to chain yourself to the treadmill, bike, or elliptical. In fact, doing so can do more harm than good.
Alternatively, what you need is an easy-to-follow weight training program that focuses on key lifts that make you stronger.
#3 – Overcomplicating The Process
Finally, the last big mistake that many women fall prey to is overcomplicated programs. Diet plans with a million rules and regulations only lead to confusion, demotivation, and eventually giving up.
Simplicity is best. A few smart, easy-to-follow guidelines are most effective for superior results.
Fat loss isn’t rocket science. It boils down to fueling your body with the right food choices and amount of energy. That encourages the body to burn fat cells for energy.
If you see yourself making any of these mistakes, then forgive yourself, make a change, and get on track to a healthier, more energetic future.