5 Common Mistakes People Make when Trying to Lose Weight
January 29, 2015
1. Their method to weight loss is unsustainable.
What’s the point of losing weight if you’re just going to turn around and put it back on.Run away from any low calorie diet that you know you can’t stick to after you reach your goal.If you go on a 1200 calorie diet and lose 10lbs. what do you think will happen when you start to eat 2,000 calories again?Recently I heard of a 5 hour diet.You can eat whatever you want during a 5 hour time span (10am-3pm), after that no more food.Really?That sounds so stupid.Do you never have dinner with your family again?There is no way you can live like this.You’re doomed.Sure you may get into that dress, jeans, or bathing suit but they’ll be retired to the back of the closet in no time, NEVER to be worn again.Whatever your weight loss method, make sure it’s something you can live with or you’ll eventually be heavier than when you started.
2. They have unrealistic expectations.
So let’s get this right…You’ve gained 25lbs of fat in the last 5-10 years and you want it off in 4 weeks? Not going happen. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your new body. It’s going take time and effort. Look to lose 5lb-10lbs a month if you are focused, disciplined and consistent with your weight loss efforts. Losing any more than that on a monthly basis is probably unrealistic.
3. They don't seek the help of professionals.
Nutrition and fitness have changed an awful lot over the years. Bringing your old information to new game will result in defeat. Yes, you may have the knowledge to eliminate some bad habits that have wreaked havoc on your health, but do you have the knowledge to get you to your goal via the path of least resistance? Do you have the knowledge to maintain your weight loss so you can move on to your next goal? Health professionals (Fitness coaches, personal trainers, nutritionists) save you time and provide you with the knowledge to get you where you want to be. Take the path of least resistance before you get frustrated and give up.
4. They go to the gym.
There is a reason why the gyms get crowded at this time of the year. It’s full of people on low calorie diets using cardio equipment attempting to lose weight. There is a reason why the gyms will be empty on the first hint of spring. It didn’t work and they gave up. Not only was their plan wrong but so was their fitness facility. Big Box Gyms don’t specialize in weight loss they specialize in memberships. They sell thousands of them knowing that their facility can’t handle them but it doesn’t matter because people will stop coming shortly. Ask yourself a quick question…If people lost weight in the gym wouldn’t the thousands of members keep coming? A brief look at the equipment in a gym along with the set up proves it’s not conducive to weight loss. It’s set up to allow large amounts of people to exercise on cardiovascular machines that rank low on the fat burning continuum. Yes, some people do lose weight at the big box gyms but some people also win the lottery. The odds simply aren’t in your favor.
5. They quit to soon.
Going to the gym and not losing weight is like going to work and not getting paid. After a while you’re going to give up and go do the alternative. I understand, I would. Weight loss is a time consuming process. It requires effort and a change of habits. Just because you ate healthy and worked out for a week does not mean you’ll use the old belt hole or drop a size or two. You need to make at least a 12 week commitment. That is a reasonable amount of time to see major visual changes. If you don’t see changes in 12 weeks you’re doing something wrong. Come see us at Unlimited Personal Training and we’ll get you to your goal.