This blog post started out with the goal of highlighting the number 1 mistake people make when attempting to lose weight. The problem was that I couldn’t just pick one! So without any more preamble here are the top 3:
#1- Lack of Consistency
It’s very common for people to attempt to mix and match training programs and diets. They take the parts they like from several different sources and attempt to create their own hybrid program. If you are a skilled trainer you can get away with this but for those who aren’t you need to pick your path and stick to it. Even if you can’t jump in the deep end and go 100% with a diet or training program then you either need to pick something else or make a plan to work into that program 100%. You have one butt, you only get to ride one horse so pick a path and stick to it. Once you have your program chosen stick with it for 8-12 weeks so that you can truly see whether or not it actually works for you. Anything less than that 8 week mark and you won’t truly know since changing the body takes time.
#2- No Method of Progression
This is an issue for both training and nutrition. Many people will jump onto a low calorie diet along with a high intensity or high volume training program. This does not work in the long term because you have nowhere to go once progression stalls other than to eat less and train more. This will eventually burn you out and tank your metabolism which sends you right back to square one or worse because you then have to fix what you old planned messed up before you can get back to making progress. In general when starting a weight loss program you need to eat as much as possible and train as little as possible and still get results. Then when progress slows you can make adjustments to your diet or training to keep progress going.
#3- Trying to Train Past Poor Diet and Sleep
Weight loss is a multifaceted issue involving sleep, stress management, diet, and exercise. Just focusing on one area and excluding all the others will get you nowhere fast. As strange as it may sound, weight loss is about 90% diet, sleep, and stress management and 10% exercise. Exercise does not make your body burn fat, it makes your body burn calories. Whether those calories come from stored fat or not completely depends on how you are feeding and resting your body. Weight loss is a hormonal game. Food and sleep affect us on a hormonal level and if they aren’t in balance then weight loss comes to a screeching halt.
Taking small steps to fix these 3 problems will go a long way to getting you back on track!