If losing weight is your main goal, you’ll want to avoid these fat-storing pitfalls.
You are in control of how much weight you lose or gain in any given day, it comes down to YOUR actions (or lack thereof).
Let’s take a look at the six worst things you can do in your pursuit of weight loss.
1.) Excessive Cardio
Are you spending hours at the gym, slaving away on the treadmill or mindlessly spinning your wheels on the bicycle or even worse gliding on the worst machine known to man, the elliptical?
Not only are you destroying your joints, but you are doing exercise that is increasing your levels of cortisol and estrogen.
If you are doing this type of exercise – you are performing far below your fat-burning potential. Studies reveal that metabolic workouts increase calorie burn by 50%.
Adding insult to injury, as you lose muscle and your body fat increases, you cause your fat cells to become more stubborn.
Instead go for walking at a low intensity, which will facilitate recovery and have no adverse effects on fat loss. For intense conditioning, short bouts of HIMT (or HIIT) are best, click the image below for free HIIT videos:
2.) Training on Machines
Using machines at the gym for weight loss is about as effective as putting make-up while operating a motor-vehicle, you have good intentions but it just doesn’t work out.
You may THINK you look good, but everyone is wondering what the heck you are doing.
Sure, fancy machines help bump up the cost of your gym membership, but machines also negatively alter the way your body moves.
You won’t engage your core, your stabilizer muscles, and you’ll restrict range of motion, causing stiff joints and bulky muscles.
No woman wants that.
Fat is not burned with isolation exercises. The best way to burn off excess fat is to use multi-muscle movements, working as many muscles as you can.
Total body metabolic workouts that last between 20-30 minutes using your bodyweight, dumbbells, and other equipment to work as many muscles are possible should be your goal.
3.) Hanging Around Negative People
Like attracts like, just like negative attracts negative.
You may not think hanging around negative people could have that much of a negative impact on your weight loss results, however that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Negative people are like “energy vampires” sucking the lifeforce right from you, without you even realizing it.
If you want positive weight loss results hang out with positive people.
I understand if your spouse is negative you can’t stop hanging around them, BUT you can change YOUR attitude, which will most likely, eventually change their attitude.
Because, positive attracts positive.
Find a supportive community that is after the same things you are, weight loss success.
4.) Not Drinking Water
Staying hydrated is an important performance enhancer and can make or break your ability to lose weight.
One of the fastest and simplest ways to boost your health is to drink a half an ounce of water per pound of bodyweight.
If you’re having trouble stomaching water, try adding juice of 1 lemon or try a few different infused varieties, mint/cucumber, watermelon/lime, etc…
Avoiding excessive coffee, cokes/diet cokes, and other dehydrating beverages can also help keep you hydrated throughout the day.
5.) Not Sleeping Well
It’s nearly impossible to lose belly fat and ignite your fat-burning metabolism without adequate sleep. Sleep is the MAIN time a large percentage of your fat-burning hormones like growth hormone and testosterone (yes, these are important for women), are released. Not to mention your more female hormone, progesterone balances out excess estrogen.
Besides altering your hormonal balance, one study found that after just 3 days of 3-4 hours of sleep per night your metabolism slowed by 30%.
Other findings in the literature caused by sleep deprivation include reduced energy, decreased time to exhaustion, and increased injury rate.
Since fat loss is your goal, strive for 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, ideally from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. respectively.
6.) Not Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Or eating inflammatory foods for that matter.
It still boggles my mind that most women are out there looking for magic pills, quick fix solutions, and lotions or creams without first figuring out what’s causing them to gain weight in the first place.
I’ll give you a hint…it’s the FOOD you are eating or aren’t eating.
It’s pretty simple.
There are foods that promote weight gain, like processed/refined foods, gluten, soy, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, and sugar.
Then there are foods that promote weight loss, like organic proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, etc…), and starches.
Your job is figure out which foods do what you want them to do.
If you want to stay overweight, keep eating the foods you’re eating.
If you want to lose weight, quit eating inflammatory foods and start eating anti-inflammatory foods.
That wraps up the 6 worst things you can do to lose weight.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated or frustrating.
If something isn’t working, change it.
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