MISTAKE #1 – Over exercising while cutting calories.
When you don’t feed your body enough food your body adapts to whatever you give it. Too much exercise, coupled with a low calorie diet, sends your body into a frenzy by slowing the metabolism down.
This may work short term, but over time when calories are too low the body starts thinking that food is scarce. The body then holds on to fat in a way to protect itself. It’s just like a car needs gas to run. If you run out of gas, the car doesn’t go. The same holds true with the body.
MISTAKE #2 – You are looking for magic, a quick fix.
So many diets out there are try to manipulate and play tricks on the body in order to lose weight. This is usually done by cutting out an entire macronutrient (most of the time carbs), or limiting calories to an unsafe or unsustainable way in terms of long term success.
This usually sets most people up for failure, because you can only use these “tricks” short term and it will ALWAYS end up rebelling back, most of the time with an EXTRA few pounds.
I know I always say it – but slow and steady wins the race.
The longer you can diet down, the more likely the pounds will not come back. If you are going to put in the hard work, make it count! And make it last!
MISTAKE #3 – Not Eating Enough Protein
So many people think they eat an adequate amount of protein, but when they start tracking their food to see how much they are actually eating, they are grossly under.
Make sure each meal includes protein. Your body needs it to maintain lean muscle. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be, the more weight you will lose.
MISTAKE #4 – Not Eating Enough Good Carbs
Good carbs are whole foods. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts in their natural, unrefined, unprocessed forms.
Because these good carbs are unrefined, they are naturally high in fiber as well. The fiber fills you up before you eat too much.
Also, the fiber in good carbs causes your food to be digested and absorbed into your bloodstream more slowly. This helps to regulate your blood sugar into a normal range without getting too high or too low.
All of these mistakes basically spell out the same thing. That being, don’t deprive your body. Feed it with a well rounded diet so that it gets the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients in order to run healthy for you. Take care of it and know it will take care of you in return.