5 Epic Weight Loss Mistakes!

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What follows are the 5 epic mistakes that people make when trying to lose weight. Avoiding making these basic mistakes will help you burn the fat, lose the weight and keep it off.

Skipping Meals

It seems to make sense that eating one less meal per day will help your body burn more fat when the exact opposite is true. Missing breakfast, lunch or dinner means that your body goes into starvation mode, slowing down the metabolism and storing more fat when you finally do eat. You need to eat all three meals, especially breakfast, to boost your body’s metabolism so that you can burn away the fat.

Not Counting Calories

It’s pretty simple, you want to burn away more calories than you consume each day in order to lose the weight. While we pay attention to what we eat, the calorie count is the most important aspect since that is the energy the food provides. This means cutting down on the high calorie food groups and concentrating more on foods that have far fewer calories. Keeping track lets you know exactly where you stand.

Cutting Down Too Much on Proteins, Fats or Carbohydrates

This is another big mistake that people make. You will want to properly balance your intake of proteins, fats and carbs in order to provide your body the proper fuel it needs to burn away the excess fat. Proteins are the most essential for building up muscles and burning calories. Fats are vital as well since they are quite useful for hormone production, your immune system and overall recovery. Carbs are the least of the three, but you’ll still need the right type of carbs in order to get enough energy to make it through the day.

Ignoring Weight Training

Building lean muscle mass is one of the keys to burning fat and keeping the excess weight off. Too many people think that working out with weights automatically bulks you up. Actually, proper weight training provides a more masculine figure for men and feminine figure for women. The added lean muscle taps the energy from fat cells more readily so you can stave off any weight gain.

Too Much Cardio

Cardio exercises are good for the heart and circulatory system. However, most people focus too much on cardio which can wear them out and result in burning muscle instead of the fat. You should limit your cardio to no more than 45 minutes per day if you are planning on losing the fat.