In this article, we’ll pick up where we left off in the previous article. With all the misconceptions going around about weight loss, it can be very difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.
We all only want to do what works and discard what doesn’t. Weight loss is pretty straightforward and you will lose weight as long as you eat less and exercise more. The reason we want to avoid making mistakes is so that we can speed up the weight loss process.
It can get tiring to be trying to lose weight for ages and make very slow progress. By not making any mistakes, your progress will not be hindered and you’ll progress at a much faster pace.
One mistake many people make is by over exercising. This is counterproductive. Your body gets stressed out when it exercises. Some stress is necessary to raise your metabolic rate and get the fat burning process going. However, if you over train your body is going to produce cortisol which is a stress hormone. Cortisol is indirectly responsible for weight gain.
You will be negating your efforts. This is one reason why people hit plateaus when they try to lose weight. The caloric deficit and training is making them lose calories but the cortisol is preventing the body from burning its fat stores. Not a fun situation to be in. 60 minutes of exercise daily is sufficient.
Most of your results will be the dependent on your eating habits.
Eat natural, drink natural. You want to be eating wholesome foods that are natural. Vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, fish. Those are natural foods. Protein shakes and meal replacement bars are not natural foods. Avoid all these.
Water is natural. Sports drinks that are supposed to replenish your body are not. Stick with water. Do not consume calories by drinking them. It’s one of the easiest ways to gain weight. Forget the common advice to drink a protein shake after a workout.
You really want protein. Scramble 2 eggs and eat them. Forget the pills, shakes, bars and powders.
Using machines in the gym. Step into any gym and you have to admit, all the cool, sleek machines look impressive with all the stacked weights, cables and moving parts. But guess what?
Those ugly dumbbells and barbells you see at the corner. Those are the real fat burning equipment. Using machines is not half as effective as free weights. Your body was not made to move in a fixed range of movement. Free weights will make you stronger and recruit more muscle fibers and burn more calories per workout.
Stick to the free weights and leave the machines to those who don’t know better.
Not incorporating fat burning activities in your daily life. It is so common to see people who work out like crazy in the gym but once they are out of the gym, their mind switches off and they forget about burning anymore calories.
As long as you keep moving, you’re burning calories. If your supermarket is 15 minutes walking distance away from your house, go ahead and walk there instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
Sit on a Swiss ball when you’re watching TV. All these little things help to burn extra calories and make you a healthier human being.
This concludes the second part of the article. There is absolutely no doubt that as long as you follow these tips, you will lose weight successfully.