Trying to lose body fat and failing can be one of the most frustrating things, especially when you’ve been attempting to look and feel better for weeks, months or even years. You get down on yourself and wonder why this or that person is able to exercise, eat a certain way and see results while you´re stuck in a struggling loop which seems to be at best unfair. Unfortunately. sometimes you may think you have done all you can, but in reality, there are things you might have not known or considered that are having a considerable impact in achieving your goal.
As they say, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So without further adieu, let´s go over some of the most common pitfalls or mistakes you should avoid:
- Calories in, calories out. You´re simply eating too many calories. Unfortunately, this happens way too often. Studies show that people tend to underestimate their caloric intake by a significant amount. Some foods can really add up and before you know you have reached your daily caloric intake halfway through your day or sooner. Try tracking your calories, at least for a while until you’ve gotten used to your new eating habit.
- You´re binge eating. This unfortunately also applies to healthy but highly caloric foods such as nuts and cheese, to name a few, nevermind junk food. It´s a tough pill to swallow, I know, but one single binge can sometimes ruin a whole week´s worth of dieting.
- You´re not exercising enough. What we went over before. You need to take into account how many calories you’re eating and how many calories you’re burning, especially when exercising.
- Your plan is too strict. It´s ok to set high standards for yourself and be ambitious, but one common mistake is restraining yourself too much to the point that eating well becomes a mental struggle. If this is the case, you are bound to fail sooner or later. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Dieting shouldn’t be something you dread doing. Having a well balanced and flexible diet helps you achieve this. If you´re interested in signing up for a program that is catered towards your needs, check out our Project YOU program in the description below
- Finally, alcohol. Alcohol and fitness don´t mix. For many, this is hard to accept. This doesn’t mean you can´t and shouldn’t drink, but you do need to take into account that alcoholic beverages tend to be high in calories and thus set you back considerably if you let yourself overindulge. At 7 calories per gram, alcohol is not something you want to be binging on if you really want to lose fat.