Four mistakes that could be slowing your weight loss

Vahdaneh Vahid

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We are only human, we make mistakes, which means you don't need to overhaul your entire diet and exercise regime to get back in shape. Just avoid these four common weight-loss pitfalls.

Mistake #1: Cardio Is Your Go-To

Cardio may have some benefits related to weight loss but resistance training will increase the amount of calories you burn each day, which will help you lose weight faster and allows you to maintain a better muscle-to-fat ratio.

Resistance training also helps with the way you process food, but also ensures that the amount of calories you burn outside the gym are enough to support all the hard work you dedicate inside the gym.

If you are resistance training three times a week and allowing your body appropriate rest days, you'll start seeing great changes within your physique.

Mistake #2: Don't Eat Before You Work Out

It may seem like skipping a meal would help you lose weight, but it turns out the opposite is true. Eating before a workout actually helps with weight loss and long-term weight management.

When we go for long periods without food our bodies have no choice but to break down our muscle tissue for energy. This slows down our metabolism and stimulates a rise in insulin, which can lead to blood-sugar issues and increased fat around the middle.

It is important to maintain your muscles for a healthy metabolic rate, therefore if you’re serious about losing weight, then, eating a small snack prior to a workout will increase your energy levels and support your metabolism.

Mistake #3: You Only Use Light Weights

As women, we have very low levels of the hormone known as testosterone, which is needed to bulk up. Therefore our muscles develop differently and weight training will not lead to a butch physique.

In reality, having more muscle is actually beneficial to weight loss because muscles are more metabolically active! Which means your muscles, use more energy and burns more calories than fat.

Over the course of your sessions, use exercises that work all the muscle groups and do 8-12 repetitions. Be sure to use a suitable weight so that the last rep really feels like hard work.

Mistake #4: You Only Work Out on Your Own

Having a workout partner can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to your weight loss goals. Unless you're consistently a highly motivated self-starter, your chances of sticking to a long-term plan without a partner are significantly lower.

When you answer to no one but yourself, it can become a habit to cancel or not enjoy your workout! And after a long, busy day, it's easy to watch the clock and feel like the time drags on.

Working out with a friend or work colleague can make your workout time go by much more quickly. You're able to chat while you exercise and it can become an occasion to which you can look forward too and not dread.