You did not put it on in a day; neither will you lose it overnight. Losing weight requires dedication and perseverance if done the right way. The trick is to maintain a balance between your workouts and nutrition.
Very simply put, burn more calories than you consume and you will lose weight. So don’t fall for one of these fads in an attempt to speed up the process!
1. Skipping meals
If you skip your meals consequently consuming very little calories you will initially lose weight but eventually your metabolism will slow down. As a result your body starts conserving calories to sustain regular bodily functions. This will stall your weight loss. And when you go back to eating properly you will find all the weight you had initially lost! Moreover, if you do not provide proper nutrients to your body it will start feeding on muscles and connective tissues. This leads to muscle loss rather than fat loss.
2. Zero carb diet
This one should be a no brainer yet many of us still go for it. Cutting out one of the macronutrients from your diet not only sounds wrong but can also have adverse health effects if not done under expert supervision. When you cut out carbs from your diet most of the weight you lose initially is water weight and not fat. Moreover, these diets are not sustainable and you will gain back all the weight you had lost if you go even slightly off track.
Excessive training will often lead to you hitting a weight loss plateau. It’s important that you identify the signs of overtraining before it throws you off track. Following are some of the common symptoms:
- Decrease in performance
- Chronic muscle soreness
- Frequent injuries
- Decreased motivation to train
- Feeling tired all day
- Improper sleep
Take a break if you notice these symptoms. As they say, if you’re drowning the best thing to do is to not do anything and you will float back to the top!
4. Relying completely on fat burners and other supplements
We hate to burst the bubble but these supplements are no magic potions that you can just pop and see the weight drop. Relying only on supplements for weight loss will do more harm than good. However, if taken along with proper training, balanced nutrition plan and under an experts’ supervision, these supplements can aid weight loss.
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