Most women begin a diet and exercise plan with the best of intentions. The plan is usually to achieve weight loss. To lose weight, you must increase the fat burning capability of your body. Whether you’re hoping to lose five pounds or 50, you need a solid plan that’s reliable and effective. There are five major mistakes that most women make when they’re trying to get healthy. Don’t fall victim to these errors.
Grapes are healthy but if you eat an entire pound of grapes an hour before bed, you’re probably going to have a hard time keeping your sugar regulated and your weight maintained. Even when you’re cooking and eating meals; make sure you are consuming reasonable portion sizes. It can be easy to make excuses for yourself when you’re eating healthy foods. If necessary, use smaller plates so you feel like you’re getting more.
Counting calories obsessively can be a mistake. While the quickest way to achieve weight loss is by reducing the amount of calories you eat, you have to remember that calorie quality matters just as much as calorie quantity. When you eat 1,000 calories in protein and vegetables, you’re doing more for your health and your fat burning plans than if you eat 1,000 calories of pasta and potato chips. Be mindful of your calories, but don’t make counting them the most important part of your diet.
Beware Fat Free Things
You can find snack foods that promise everything – they are fat free, sugar free, gluten free, whatever you need removed in order to let yourself eat them. Over-indulging on these products can sabotage your weight loss plans. Go ahead and have a cookie or an ice cream treat that promises not to wreck your diet once in a while, but don’t make it a habit. They are over-processed, unhealthy, and in general not going to contribute to your fat burning plans.
Have a Holistic Workout
Your workout needs to include both strength training and cardio in order to effectively lose weight. Many women will focus exclusively on cardio and run their miles every day or walk on the treadmill or hit the bike. Others will lift weights and work with a trainer to burn fat and gain muscle. You need both. Incorporate a cardio element and a strength element in order to avoid missing out on valuable fat burning exercises.
Eat Out Only Occasionally
If you’re eating out and you order a salad, you’re still not sure of what’s going into that salad. Restaurants and prepared meal places are infamous for sneaking salt, sugar, and added fats into their products. While you don’t want to completely deprive yourself of your favorite restaurants, try to cook at home more frequently. Save your nights out for special occasions, and then when you’re there you can feel free to order whatever you want because you know it’s not going to happen again for a while.
These five mistakes can trip up even the most dedicated health and fitness fanatic. Make sure you’re working on your goals in the healthiest ways possible, and try to avoid the common errors that so often slow your weight loss. Getting healthy is all about momentum, and you need to keep your health choices and positive practices going.