Losing weight can be a frustrating, anxiety-inducing process, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right attitude. Avoid these exercise blunders if you want to lose weight.
Sometimes, exercisers with the best intentions lose the least amount of weight. What’s worse is that they often see their friends slim down just weeks after starting a new workout programme. It can be frustrating and confusing. So what makes one weight loss workout plan effective and another one fail?
There could be a number of factors involved. But in many cases, the cause can be traced to one of these blunders. If you’ve been struggling to shed a few kilos and your exercise plan isn’t yielding any results, see if you are making one of these common workout mistakes.
- Giving up too soon
Falling off the exercise and diet wagon happens to everyone. It’s tempting to give up on exercise afterweeks (or months) of failing to stick with a programme or skipping workouts completely if you run out of time. It’s also tempting to ditch healthy eating after a massive Oreofest, but renewing your commitment after a boo-boo
is the most important thing you can do to succeed. Fix this blunder: No matter how long it’s been since you’ve exercised, do something active right away, like a quick walk, to help you take control. If you don’t have time for your regular workout, use whatever time you have to be active.
- Expecting immediate weight loss
After weeks of exercise and healthy eating, frustration often sets in when the scale doesn’t move. Remember, you didn’t gain weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight either. Spending too much time scale-watching might lead to a maddening desire to quit exercise forever. Fix this blunder: Focus on the immediate benefits of exercise. Pay attention to how you feel while you’re working out. You should feel energetic and alert. You may notice that you sleep better, your body feels stronger and you’re less stressed. The benefits of exercise go way beyond weight loss and appearance!
- Doing the same thing and expecting different results
It’s important to do exercises that you enjoy, but if you’ve been doing the same ones for months (or even years), you’ve probably reached a weight loss plateau and, even worse, complete boredom with your workouts. Fix this blunder: Change what you’re doing. It can be as simple as choosing a different walking route or changing the amount of weight you’re using. Try something new and do it every six weeks. Your body needs regular challenges and so does your mind, so don’t allow yourself to get into a rut.
- Having unrealistic expectations
Six-pack abs, thin thighs and a sculpted body – don’t tell me you don’t dream about this! We all want perfect bodies. However, for many of us, it’s just not going to happen, whether it’s due to genetics, body type or some other factor we can’t control. Fix this blunder: Set realistic goals. Not everyone can achieve six-pack abs, you know. And honestly, visible abs have no function other than to look great in bathing suits (and how often do you wear a bathing suit?) Set a goal that means something, like getting stronger so you can play with your kids, or strengthening your back so you have good posture.
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