What You Should Stop Doing If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

What You Should Stop Doing If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

For many people, weight loss seems like an impossible task. People spend hours and hours working out, attempting to eat healthier, and staying motivated to lose weight. Unfortunately, a lot of people think that eating better and exercising is the only way to shed those extra pounds. There are a lot of myths about weight loss you should stop believing, some of which may even be counterproductive. Here are some things we recommend you stop doing to finally reach your weight loss goals.

Starving yourself

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to remember that extreme dieting won’t do you any good. Starving yourself isn’t just bad for your physical health, but it also doesn’t work. In fact, studies have shown that people who try to lose weight by “eating nothing” actually gain more weight in the long run than people who get enough calories in their diets. In such instances, your body actually adapts by lowering your metabolism through a process called adaptive thermogenesis. You will also start to lose muscle which further lowers your metabolism.

On top of that, not only is going hungry bad for your body, starving yourself also impacts your mental health negatively. If you’ve ever tried starving yourself, you know what a miserable experience it is – it also leads to extreme mood swings and hormonal disruption. At the same time, when you are deprived of food, you tend to overeat once you stop dieting. What you’ll want to do is improve your eating habits and lower your food intake slightly over time which makes it more sustainable in the long-term.

Only focusing on cardio and burning calories

The rise of smartwatches allows us to estimate the number of calories burned during a workout. While this may provide a sense of accomplishment, it often doesn’t take into account how hard your muscles are working or give us a full picture as we may continue to burn more calories after training. Not only is it just a general estimation of calories which can be highly inaccurate, the calories burned during exercise is also a very small fraction of your daily calorie burn.

While cardiovascular exercises and a good diet may lead to weight loss, it can also result in muscle loss which may further lower metabolism and sabotage your weight loss goals. In fact, the more you do cardio, the better the body adapts to it, resulting in a lower metabolism and less calories burned – a double whammy to your weight loss goals.

Not doing resistance training

Reducing calories intake from food and increasing the number of calories burnt from exercising will escalate the weight loss process. People do get confused about the difference between weight loss and fat loss. Most people find that when they lose weight, it’s not their most desired size. Losing body fat percentage gives you more promising results. That is also because when you lose a lot of weight, you lose both muscles and fats. Therefore, the effectiveness of resistance training is to maintain/increase your muscles and metabolism and lose fat simultaneously.

Over exercising

Being more active can help you lose weight – as long as it’s done in moderation. One common mistake people make when they are trying to get fit is thinking that by pushing their workouts to the point that they are extremely sore or spend countless hours of treadmill, this will lead to faster results. Unfortunately, this often leads to decreased motivation, increases risk of injury and hunger, as well as elevates bodily stress which often makes weight loss even more challenging. You should instead focus on long-term lifestyle changes that are sustainable and realistic.

Emotional eating

No matter how much we try to hide from it, stress will always be a part of life. However, when stress is chronic and unrelenting, it can take a toll on both our physical and emotional well-being. Emotional eating is often the response to this type of stress – it’s the way many people cope with day-to-day stressors in their lives. Whether you are dealing with work deadlines, family problems, or financial difficulties, food can become an outlet for relief. While we all need food for energy and sustenance, when we eat not out of hunger but as a means of coping with our emotions or stressors, it has the power to quickly become a dangerous habit that could derail weight loss efforts. Instead, focus on managing your stress levels by moving around more, exercising or other stress relieving activities which can go a long way in helping you succeed in your weight loss goals.

Lack of sleep

Losing weight is hard. It takes time, patience, and dedication, but it’s even harder if you’re not sleeping well. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increased appetite, decreased metabolism, and a general feeling of distress that can cause people to lose the motivation to stick to their diet or exercise plan. This causes us to feel hungrier and crave high-calorie foods. The bottom line is, if you want to lose weight, get enough sleep! You’ll look better, feel better, and have more energy for the things you enjoy doing every day.

Conclusion

Many people trying to lose weight but failing to reach their goals could be making mistakes that sabotage their efforts. The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to healthy weight loss. What works well for one person may not work for another, since our bodies respond differently due to genetics and other health factors. At Vigeo, our personal health and fitness trainers can help you discover which approach is best for you and tailor a fitness plan that works for you. We offer a diverse lineup of personal fitness training and group personal training programmes aimed at helping you look and feel fitter and healthier. Whatever your goals are, our trainers are well-equipped to keep you moving toward them. Talk to us today to make an appointment! 

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