I’m here to help with some tips on how you can avoid the 5 most common pitfalls of weight loss.
1) Wanting Instant Results:
Let’s face it, we live in a “Want it Now” society. Everything is quick, easy and at our fingertips. The problem most people face when it comes to results with their workouts is that our mentality has been shaped to believe that we can have instant, high-speed results. Unfortunately, our bodies do not function like the internet. There is no “magic pill” that we can take to get results quickly. We have to do the work and the benefits WILL follow, as long as you remain consistent. Everything worth having will take work… but I want you to remember: You Are Worth It, So Keep Pushing Play!
2) Weight Gain in the first 6 Weeks:
If you’ve ever started a workout program and experienced weight gain (or at least no weight loss) in the first 4-6 weeks of working out, you know what I’m talking about. This can be very discouraging and may make you decide “this doesn’t work!” The truth is, it’s very common to gain or maintain weight when you first start a workout program because you’re developing muscle you didn’t have before. Muscle burns fat. The more muscle you have, the more you burn all day long. The more you burn, the more weight you’ll lose over time. Be patient, the weight will drop. Remember, you didn’t gain it all in a few months, so it will not come off that quickly either.
3) Increased Appetite = Increased Calories:
Often when you begin working out, you’ll be more hungry. Again, very normal. The pitfall is that you increase your caloric intake too much, thus nullifying the work you’ve done. When you’re active, being hungry is a good thing. What we’re trying to create each day is a caloric deficit of 500-1000 calories. So, if you work “off” 1000 calories, but then increase your intake by 1000 calories, you won’t have the deficit at the end of the day.
4) Lack of Appropriate Fuel:
Crash “dieting” doesn’t work. So often customers will tell me they’re consuming as little as 500-1000 calories a day. Please do not do this to your body. Yes, you may have results for the first month or so, but ultimately, what you’re doing is starving yourself; which will slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight over time. Unless you are under the care of a physician that has put you on a Very Low Calorie diet, you typically should not be consuming less than 1200 calories/day for more than 10 consecutive days. Period.
5) Allowing Yourself to think “What If I Don’t Succeed?”:
I have struggled with self-image my entire life. My weight has always been an issue and for this reason alone, I went into the fitness industry. I knew that I needed to have the accountability of being a fitness professional to keep my mind and my weight in check. As your coach, I want to provide an atmosphere of understanding and support for you. You never have to do anything alone: especially this. We are all in this together and it’s my desire that we lift each other up and feel comfortable sharing our struggles and our triumphs. For free motivation and support, please join my website.
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