Losing weight can be difficult for some people, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Unfortunately, there are a few common mistakes that can sabotage your weight loss goals. If these mistakes aren’t recognised, they can lead to a situation where you actually gain weight, rather than lose it.
In this article we will cover three of the most common weight loss mistakes people make, so you can avoid them and set yourself on the right path towards your goals.
3 Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight
Focusing Too Much on the Scales
The more successful your workouts are the more fat you will lose and the more lean muscle you will gain. Focusing solely on the scales, as a way to measure your progress, can give you a false representation of your position.
You may notice, even though you look and feel slimmer, the scales can suggest otherwise. Tricking you into thinking you haven’t lost weight at all, or even that you have slightly gained weight.
This is ok, as the physiological stress your body undergoes from your workouts will encourage muscular growth as a result. As muscle is more dense than fat, containing strong fibrous tissue, smaller amounts of it will be heavier in comparison to fatty tissue.
The bottom line is, if you look and feel slimmer you can rejoice knowing you’re on the right track.
Eating ‘Low Fat’ Diet Versions of Your Favourite Food
Even though these foods contain less fat, they often have increased levels of added sugar to improve their flavour.
Surveys have shown that people will often underestimate the caloric value of these products and will eat two to three times the suggested serving size. This is because they believe that; if it’s low in fat, they can eat more of it.
As we mentioned above, these products generally have more sugar than the full fat alternative, and eating them to excess will cause daily sugar intake to rise out of control.
Failing to Track Food and Exercise
One of the biggest reasons people fail in their weight loss journey is that they simply don’t have a plan or any means of tracking their progress.
Eating nutritious foods and exercising is definitely the right path to take. However, eating too much or too little food and exercising too much or not enough can produce different results than you’d hoped for.
Using an app, like Fitmeup, to track your progress can help you identify which nutrition and exercise practices are working for you, and which you need to avoid in order to efficiently and effectively reach your goal.