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5 common mistakes that can hamper your weight loss

I am re-posting here from my Pilates website, this very popular article on weight loss and the most common mistakes people do. Have a good read through and if you have questions, you can use the hashtag  #askClaudia or contact me directly on any of my social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

You diet too much. 

Yes, that’s right. Most “calorie-restricted” diets, will only crash your metabolism, making it all too easy to pile on the pounds as soon as you stop them. One of the reasons is that your body will “adapt” to survive with less, considerably slowing down your metabolic rate.

You don’t eat healthy fat. 

You need fat to metabolize fat. So to “burn” that extra fat, you will need a small amount of “good” fats. Fats are essential for important cellular functions, you cannot deprive yourself of them. They also help to give your skin some glow and help prevent wrinkle formation. On top of that, “fat-free” foods are bound to be laced with sugars and artificial flavorings to make them more appealing to your taste buds.

You don’t sleep enough. 

Research has shown that lack of sleep negatively affects our overall state of health. Prolonged lack of sleep has been linked to anxiety, depression, and even cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Lack of sleep will increase the production of the stress hormone “cortisol” which research has shown to be a key player in storing fat around the waistline.

You do too much cardio.  

Whilst cardiovascular activity is necessary both for health and weight loss, too much can be counterproductive. On the contrary strength training has been proven effective in helping burn more calories even post-workout. Building lean muscle is crucial in speeding up our metabolism, and therefore to for weight loss. A combination of both cardiovascular and strength training seems to be the most effective with regard to weight loss.

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