Let’s face it, fat loss is hard and the last thing you need are things getting in your way when you’re working your butt off trying to lose fat.
Here are 5 things that could be ruining your efforts and how to combat them.
1. Restricting calories or not eating enough
Sometimes to speed up results, we cut the amount of food we eat, thinking that less food equals more fat loss. This is not the case and it can actually make things worse for your body. Instead go for a well balanced, healthy eating and lifestyle plan, stick with this and don’t focus on cutting calories. Your body will end up playing catch up and trust me, it doesn’t like it.
2.Too much exercising
This is a bit like restricting food, in the sense that if we don’t see results quickly, we want to go harder and do more. You might think that more calories burnt will lead to more fat loss, but it will just push your body into exhaustion. Find a training program that fits into your lifestyle and isn’t overly time consuming. You don’t have to work out for long periods of time to get results, instead work hard during your workout time.
Believe it or not, you don’t always have to keep your body guessing!! If your training plan covers multi-direction movements, resistance, rehabilitation and function as well as a nutrition plan that covers your energy output needs, you’re all good. You can make things progressively harder, challenge yourself but you don’t need to chop and change things all the time. Train and eat realistically. You don’t need to go to extremes, you want to maintain this for life. Cruise at a rate you can sustain so that you don’t crash and burn.
4.Wasting time working out
If you’re at the gym scrolling through social media, taking selfies in the mirror and catching up on the goss on the treadmill then you need to change your workout habits. You won’t get anything done and you’ll end up spending more time at the gym that you actually need to. Avoid this by getting a good playlist and if you’re going to the gym with friends, go with the right ones – the motivated, serious ones. Use a diary and track your results and progress after each workout.
We’re all the same. We eat a salad, go to the gym once and start looking for abs that night! Our bodies are amazing!!! Look at all they can do, we grew from tiny babies to full grown adults, we can reproduce, we can put on weight, lose weight BUT none of it happens over night. As the saying goes, you don’t get fat from eating one bad meal, so you’re not going to lose weight after eating one good one.
You need to learn how your body works and what to expect from the work you’re putting in. If you want to lose 5kgs in a week but you “only” lose 1kg, you’ll be disappointed because you had hoped for more, but it’s important that you understand that things works at certain rates, both negatively and positively. Set yourself realistic goals and stick to them. Once you get to know your body and you know how long things “should” take, you can start to plan what you need to do and when. But put in the work. Don’t do half a job and expect full results.
And remember, help is always here.