Five Mistakes You’re Making that Hinder Weight Loss

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August is here, and that means we have to get our holiday bodies ready. It really shouldn’t be that big of a problem since I do keep hearing people talk about how they never actually got their bikini bodies ready, after all. Now it’s time to get ready for the holidays and for football season. If ever there is a time to focus on good health and weight loss; it’s now. After all, you’re about to overindulge in football game beers, chicken wings and all the good things that come along with eating during the upcoming holidays (turkey and stuffing, candy on Halloween…) it’s time to get fit and get serious.

But what if you are already going to the gym, working out and feeling good about your eating habits yet nothing is happening? You don’t notice a difference in your body. You can’t tell that you’ve been working hard for months, and you’re just frustrated because you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. You’re working out more days than you are not, you are eating well, and you are living healthier. You can feel that you have more energy, and you feel better about yourself, but you still see no difference and you are still feeling as if you have work to do. According to fitness experts and medical professionals, you might be making some serious mistakes in terms of your good health. What might they be? We will show you right now.

You’re not eating enough

I cannot tell you how many people who say that they managed to stay under 600 calories for the day and a few more days like that are going to make them feel good. The truth is that you have to eat if you want to lose weight. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. When your body doesn’t have enough fuel – it’s like gas in a car, you don’t have enough and you don’t get very far – it doesn’t work as well. It’s impossible to burn calories and work on your metabolism when you don’t eat enough to fuel your body. The key here is to eat the good stuff.

You’re drinking

I hate this one with a passion. It turns out that it’s impossible to lose weight and get healthy if you are constantly drinking. I love a good glass of wine or a beer on the boat or by the pool, but drinking every day can curb your ability to lose weight and get healthy. It’s easy to drink a glass of wine at night and feel good about just one, but it also has calories and it’s going to add to your weight loss inability.

Using a scale

The biggest issue that people face with weight loss in general is using a scale. If you’re working out and getting healthy at the same time, you’re going to put on weight. Just remember that muscle weighs more than fat – but seeing that number on the scale go up and up can be very discouraging. The best thing you can do is take photos of your before body in an outfit you love but that doesn’t fit that well, and then take during and after photos. Throw the scale away and focus on how you feel and how you look in that outfit in every single photo you take. The increasing numbers on the scale will only discourage you and make you feel like a failure.

Not working different body parts

Sure, the treadmill is a great way to get some exercise and lose weight, but it only works the same body parts time and time again. If you want to get fit and toned, you have to work hard on making sure you work more than just one part of your body. You need to focus on different body parts. Perhaps use the treadmill a few days a week, but lift some weights, work the machines and focus on other body parts in between. It’s the best way to ensure you are working your entire body and not just one feature at a time.

Not being patient

Going to the gym every single day for a week does not mean you’ll be thin and fit right away. Real results take time, and they take patience. When you have the time to give to your good health and the patience to make it happen, you’ll be able to see results that will stick with you forever. The other thing you have to remember here is that you should always work out even if it means it’s only for 20 minutes. Perhaps you’d rather spend an hour at the gym like I do, but even on days when I only have 20 minutes I do that. I feel better working out for just a few minutes than not at all.

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