You should know that losing weight and trimming your body the right way takes time and can’t be done over night.
We have already talked about the 3 Scientifically Proven Ways To Boost Your Workout Motivation, but what about the mistakes we are inadvertently making in our weekly or monthly workout plans?
In that name, here are the 3 most common mistakes we keep making when we are trying to lose weight quickly.
1. Not Realizing You’re In A Workout Rut
According to Adam Bornstein, founder of Born Fitness:
“The reason most people don’t see changes isn’t because they don’t work hard—it’s because they don’t make their workouts harder. Create a challenge every time you exercise. Use a little more weight, rest five to 10 seconds less between sets, add a few more reps, or do another set. Incorporating these small variations into your routine is a recipe for change.”
Staying within the workout routine that works is hard enough, let alone stepping up a notch. But this IS the way to go if you want to see results.
2. Being Too Specific About The Desired Results
Trying to reach an exact weight after a certain period of time is ok, but it is often a lofty and sometimes unattainable goal.
Make sure you set your goal as a range – for example, losing 5 to 10 pounds within a month and a half, rather than losing say – precisely 8 pounds in 2 exactly weeks. This way of thinking has proven to lead to more successful outcomes, says a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
“Flexible goals seem more feasible, which in turn boosts your sense of accomplishment, encouraging you to stay driven,” write the authors of the study.
Also read: The Importance Of Goals In Training!
3. Drastically Changing Your Diet
Cleanse diets could be helpful, but before you start a strict juice cleanse diet, you must know that drastically restricting your caloric intake to drop pounds may very well be bad for your body and backfire.
According to Shape magazine: “In a 2010 study, women placed on a 1,200-calorie diet for three weeks had elevated levels of cortisol, our primary stress hormone. Chronic stress has been associated with an increased risk of weight gain as well as coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and impaired immune functioning.”
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