Losing weight is most certainly not an easy process, and it is certainly not one which will happen overnight either. In order to lose weight, we must ensure that we have the right mindsets, the right amounts of will power and self control, and the right amounts of drive and determination as well. On top of this, we need to know exactly what we’re doing. Losing weight is a highly complex process and is one that really needs to be roughly understood in order for it to be implemented successfully. The problem with losing weight is that there is a great deal of miscommunication and misinformation out there, and as a result, people often find themselves making some pretty common, highly detrimental, and extremely avoidable mistakes when trying to lose weight. Here’s a look at a few common mistakes that you will need to avoid when trying to lose weight.
Even people that aren’t trying to lose weight are guilty of this, and it is extremely harmful as well. People trying to lose weight will skip breakfast as they think that by depriving their bodies of food, and therefore calories, they will lose weight quicker. In fact, this actually has the opposite effect. When we sleep our metabolisms slow down as we don’t require as much energy as when we’re active during the day. Our metabolisms take calories found in food and stored body fat, and convert it into glucose which is then used as energy. The faster our metabolisms are, the more calories we burn, and the more energy we have. When we sleep our metabolisms slow down, and when we wake our bodies are starved of energy and our metabolisms are still half asleep. Eating breakfast actually fuels our metabolisms and kick starts them, firing them up for the day ahead. Once our metabolisms have been fired up, we then burn calories in higher quantities and have more energy as a result.
Performing the same exercises every single day
Whether you’re lifting weights, using the treadmill, or jogging around the block each day, one thing you should do to ensure you lose weight effectively and quickly, is to mix things up and make sure you don’t perform the same exercises day in and day out. The body quickly adapts when it gets used to things and so your weight loss will quickly slow down. To keep the body guessing and on its toes, so to speak, we should mix things up and change our workouts regularly.
Overtraining can be just as harmful as under training, which is why rest is so important. Forget about going to the gym 3 or 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, as this will do no good at all. When we exercise, we need to repair our muscles and our metabolisms need to fuel our bodies by burning calories. If you’re constantly exercising, the body doesn’t function efficiently and so you won’t see the progress you would have hoped for. Ideally, 4 or 5 days exercise per week is perfectly adequate, making sure you get plenty of rest and plenty of sleep at night.