Top 10 Mistakes When Trying to Lose Fat

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Top 10 Mistakes When Trying to Lose Fat

Anybody can walk into any gym each day, and find a good amount of people working their ass off in an attempt to get lean, ripped, and defined. It's pretty common to see these people day in and day out, year after year, and looking almost exactly the same without any change. In this article, we will get into why these people can't seem to reach their goals by outlining the biggest mistakes they make each day.

1) Lack of diet. This one definitely has to be at the top of the list. Many are tricked into believing that with exercise diet becomes a non issue, which couldn't be further from the truth. Diet is the key and backbone to how you look. You can't just go to the gym and spend an hour sweating on the treadmill, to just eat how you want the rest of the day. It doesn't quite work like that.

2) Too much cardio. For those trying to lose bodyfat, they think the answer is to hit the treadmill or elliptical and that will get them ripped and in shape. Cardio is very beneficial, in moderation. In excess, it becomes counterproductive by slowing your metabolism and slowing or even stopping your fat loss. So, doing cardio 1-2 hours a day is not a good thing. Anything in excess is bad, so keep the cardio sensible and in moderation.

3) Lifting with higher reps and lighter weight. Some think that the way to get ripped and defined is to "tone" their muscles by reducing the weight the lift and increasing repetitions. This is untrue, and it would actually benefit them more by continuing to lift harder and heavier, enabling them to keep maintaining and building strength and lean mass with an even higher calorie expenditure for fat loss. Higher rep and lower weight workouts can cause muscle loss as well.

4) Looking for a six pack from the ab machines. You can see plenty of people in the gym doing crunches, sit ups, leg raises, and ab machines in an attempt to flatten their tummy and to get a six pack. This will do nothing for them other than strengthening their core. Flat stomachs and six packs are made in the kitchen, and not at the ab machines

5) Not counting or tracking calories. You must track everything you eat and consume in order to know you are on the right track for fat loss. If you aren't tracking things, you may be spinning your wheels or even headed backwards from your progress.

6) Not eating a balanced macro profile. In order to achieve the best results for fat loss, you must have the right balance of macronutrients from protein, carbs, and fats. If you don't eat enough protein, You could be wasting too much muscle. If you are eating too many carbs or fats, your body will not be able to burn fat for energy. Everything must be balanced accordingly to maximize results.

7) Not eating enough. Some will dip their calories dangerously low in an attempt to really speed up the fat loss process, especially with women. This will only work for a short amount of time, but you are setting yourself up for a very bad situation in the future by eating so little. After just a few weeks your metabolism will slow to a snails pace, and the fat loss will completely stall out. At this point you have nowhere else to go because your calories are already lower than they should have been to begin with. This is why the maximum recommended rate of fat loss is 1.5-2 lbs per week

8) Binging. When dieting down, a lot of people will "reward" themselves by binging on certain days, allowing themselves to eat and drink whatever they want. While a well planned cheat meal can be effective, these all out binges can take away a weeks worth of progress or more in one day. You must stay the course if you want the results.

9) Depending on supplements. There are a lot of great supplements out there like fat burners and other products that can help you towards your fat loss goals, but they are not replacements for a proper diet and training regiment. I hear so often "this product isn't doing anything" when in fact it's because THEY aren't doing the right things. Supplements only help what you are already doing, and are not a replacement by any means. If you aren't on track for results, supplements will be useless to you.

10) Unrealistic expectations. Many don't realize just how hard it is to accomplish the goal they set forth. Its a marathon, and not a sprint, so it all takes time. Don't think you can drop 10% body fat in a month. It doesn't work that way. You didn't get into your current condition overnight, and you aren't going to get out of it overnight.