We all make mistakes in our journey to becoming healthy and fit but the more we are aware of the most common mistakes the easier it will be to avoid those mistakes.
1. Protein is important, but eating to much can cause your body to store the excess protein as fat.
2. Veggies are very important. Did you know it is recommended to have at least 2.5 cups of veggies per day?
3. Most juices have added sugars which raise our blood sugars so make sure have the 100% juice options and also limit how much juice you drink. Those natural sugars will mess with your blood sugar as well.
4. Most people loose a bunch of weight in the first couple weeks and then get discouraged when the progress slows and sometimes stops. Don’t get discouraged, your body is just experiencing a change and once it gets used to the change you will start to loose weight again.
5. Sleep is very important. Sleep regulates the appetite and hormone balances in your body, so make sure you research how much sleep you need per night and make an effort to meet that goal.
6. Binge eating is common when you go on a diet because your body convinced you that you are starving because of the change. Fight the urge to binge and don’t let yourself waver on a healthy diet just because you walked that extra mile.
7. Life is busy and it can be hard to find the time to get your workout in. Don’t make unreasonable goals. Set a workout routine that you know you will be able to stick to. For instance, I recently set up a 12 week weight training workout routine for myself. The weight training portion is quick enough I can have it done in 15 min or less. Then I choose to walk on the treadmill for 20 min. This workout routine works great for my schedule and I am able to achieve my workout goals daily. In addition, the program is only 12 weeks and it switches up the routine every four weeks. This way I don’t feel as if there is never an end to the routine.
8. Routine is important but switch it up so you don’t get bored. Remember what I said in number 7, my routine is 12 weeks and switches up every four weeks. I definitely won’t get bored.
9. Many people think that cardio is the go to when it comes to weight loss when in reality there is no research that proves this. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is important but be sure to pair it with weight training. Weight training improves your strength and your body needs strength to keep your metabolism in high gear. Keeping your metabolism high will result in more weight loss and better health.
10. Often the excuse “I’m too tired” results in the giving up on your routine for the day. If you do feel tired don’t give in to the urge to skip the gym routine. Try walking for 10 min and you will likely find yourself doing your full routine because the exercise has helped your energy level increase.
Bottom line is, never give up. Believe in yourself and your goals. If you believe in yourself, your goals are always within reach.