Seven Common Mistakes When Being on a Weight Loss Program
By Kreg Weiss, B HKin • November 30th, 2010 • 9047 Views
Part of an overall healthy lifestyle is maintaining an appropriate body composition.
When attempting to decrease body fat percentages, many people make these common mistakes that greatly hinder success in achieving effective weight loss:
1. Not reading and understanding food labels: In order to properly engage a weight loss program, you need to be aware of the contents of all food consumed. Many processed foods have great variability in calorie, sugar, and fat content. Also note when you are reading food labels, take extra attention to the serving size listed these food items may appear to be low in calories, but the serving size may be small and unrealistic.
2. Being fooled by food marketing terms: Choosing food products because they are labeled as low fat may be misleading. Often low fat products contain higher levels of simple sugars and/or sodium. Again, read the food labels carefully.
3. Going alone: Regardless of what goals you have in life, you will be far more successful when you surround yourself by people who inspire and support you. Get your family and friends involved on your path to wellness. Seek out support (personal trainer, nutritionist, counseling, support groups).
4. Calorie Restriction: In order to effectively increase your lean body mass percentage, you need to add adequate exercise to your nutrition program. Without proper levels of food, your muscles will be depleted of necessary energy. Without this exercise, your ability to exercise and burn off fat calories will be highly diminished. Instead of thinking calorie restriction, focus on changing to nutrient dense foods packed with clean energy. Severe dieting should always be avoided as dieting can generate adverse hormonal reactions that can lead to increased retention of fat stores.
5. Consuming Energy Drinks During Exercise: When you exercise, you typically have 90 minutes of energy stores in the muscles, blood stream and liver. Most people do not exercise longer than 90 minutes and at high performance levels to justify the need for energy drinks. Consuming energy drinks during moderate length workouts keeps blood glucose levels up, thus preventing the body from tapping into fat stores. Drink room temperature water instead to stay hydrated.
6. Guessing what to do and following fads: Seek out qualified advice and guidance in your weight loss program. Get...
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