Losing weight is pretty straightforward. Eat less and move more. That pretty much sums it up. However, putting these concepts into practice is difficult.
Eating less and being on a caloric deficit is difficult for most people since it requires sacrificing their favourite comfort foods. Exercising is not fun to most people and doing it is a chore that they’d rather avoid. So, it requires discipline to lose weight.
However, there are some people who are willing to put in the effort and exercise and watch what they eat. Yet, they fail to see results. The reason for this is that even if the concept is simple, there are many little nuances in the concept that needs to be followed to maximise weight loss and see quicker results.
Many people get on treadmills in the gym that have a cool feature to measure how many calories they burn. Then they obsess over the number of calories burned. This is unnecessary. All you need to do is work out as hard as you can within the allotted time you have given yourself. That’s it. Forget the calories burned.
Most machines aren’t accurate anyway. Just aim to pant and gasp for air. Keep a record of your training session and aim to beat this record the next time around. Always aim to beat your personal best.
Lift heavier weights. Aim for a rep range of 8 to 12. Stop listening to the magazines that ask you to do 50 reps of some light weight to build tone. Stick with the heavier weight. Work done is equals to force multiplied by distance moved. More weights means more work done which equates to more calories burned.
Have a training plan and follow it. Most people have no real plan when they go to the gym. They just wing it and do whatever they think might be beneficial. That’s like sailing out to sea without a destination. Your ship will float but it’s not going to end up anywhere.
You need a gym to lose weight. Really, No! Your body doesn’t care where you train. People have lost weight just running on the streets, doing yoga at home and bodyweight exercises at playgrounds. There are many videos of ripped and muscular guys who work out at playgrounds because they can’t afford a gym membership. So, if you don’t want to get a gym membership, that’s ok. Just exercise elsewhere.
Trying to spot reduce. Sit-ups will not make your tummy slim. Push-ups will not make you lose flab on your arms if that’s all you do. Fat loss involves cardio and full-body resistance training. You need to do high intensity cardio and resistance training.
Your body will burn fat all over your body and finally reach the most stubborn fat stores. You can target a particular spot and try and lose fat there.
These are just some of the mistakes people make. There are many more. But for now, check if you’re guilty of any of these mistakes. If you are, stop and reassess your situation and get on the right track and you will burn off all those stubborn pounds.