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If weight loss is your goal, I am sure you have heard the general rule of thumb that preaches to “eat less and exercise more.” Many people continue to follow this as a guideline when looking to shape up and drop the fat. However, this no longer holds true. In fact, this mentality can damage your body, your metabolism, and mental state. When approaching a dieting phase of your nutrition, it’s important to hold your health as a number one priority. Today we will discuss 10 of the most common mistakes used when trying to lose weight.

  1. You’re buying into the fad diet propaganda: Today, quick fixes sell fast, and everyone wants in on the secret. It’s important to understand there is no secret, and there are no quick fixes. Some of these diets may lead to short term weight loss, but at a price. Instead of spending your money on the latest trend, invest in wholesome food and a gym membership.
  2. You’re not eating enough food: There is truth to consuming less calories than you burn in order to lose weight. The body naturally turns to fat stores for energy when you begin to consume less. However, at a certain point, the body begins to break down muscle tissue as well. Trying to preserve itself, your metabolism will slow down, and eventually come to a screeching halt. Once this happens, not only will you stop losing, you may begin to gain at a rapid pace. Typically, starvation diets lead to gaining more weight that you lost. Instead, cut your calories very slowly, still fueling your body properly during this phase.
  3. You’re using fat free, sugar free, and processed foods: It is best to look at your overall health when trying to lose weight. Turning to processed foods can do damage on a cellular level, and is only going to hurt you later on in life. It’s important to look at the ingredients in your foods, and aim for organic wholesome products whenever possible. Many fat free foods had to undergo a process to remove the fat, leaving the food tasteless. Companies then use large quantities of added sugar to give the food flavor again. Avoiding processed sugar and consuming natural sugars found in fruits will be better for not only your weight loss goals, but your overall health.
  4. You’re focusing on calories instead of macronutrient ratios: It has been engrained in our minds over time that a calorie is a calorie. In order to gain muscle, you must have a surplus of calories. In order to lose weight, you must be in a calories deficit. Well, this is true, but only to an extent. Not all calories are created equal. It’s important to understand that our bodies need a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. If you are over consuming one macronutrient over the other, you may find yourself struggling to see results.

You can find more of this article in our November 2014 issue of ModelsMania

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