For those of us who are trying to lose weight…and are not succeeding, I wanted to come with a list of the top fitness mistakes that I see people committing. The good news is if you stop doing these things…and make the recommended changes, you will quickly start to move towards your goals.
Top Fitness Mistakes You Are Making – Skipping Breakfast
The single most common denominator among those who are obese is that they do not eat breakfast…that’s why I list skipping breakfast as the top fitness mistake people make.
I understand most people are on the go and in a rush in the morning…but the big problem with skipping breakfast is that it leaves you feeling lethargic. You don’t have the energy to get through the day and when lunch comes you end up pigging out on fast food that will give you 1 ½ days worth of calories in one sitting.
The real key is for you to eat a fiber and protein-based breakfast in the morning…and be able to make it quickly! I have a great idea on my easy breakfast ideas page that will accomplish this for you. But even if you have to get an Egg McMuffin on the go…start eating breakfast!
Top Fitness Mistakes You Are Making – You Only Do Cardio
Perhaps the saddest sight at the gym is the person who is there every day walking on the treadmill and yet never getting the results they desire. The reason is that cardio is only part of the answer. In order to make your weight loss permanent, you MUST strength train.
The reason for this is two-fold:
- When you strength train, you are building muscle, naturally increasing your metabolism and allowing your body to burn more calories even when you aren’t working out.
- Studies have shown that you burn calories at an elevated rate for up to 36 hours after a strength training workout.
It is this natural metabolism boost that you are after. For that reason, you must strength train.
Top Fitness Mistakes You Are Making – You Only Strength Train Your Upper Body
Go into any gym and go to where the ‘lunks’ are handing out. You know what I mean. The guys that are there trying to impress everyone with how much they can bench press.
Now, just stop for a minute and look at them all…do you see anything familiar?
99% of the exercises they are doing are upper body exercises…normally some variation of the bench press. But the problem, taken from the perspective of PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS is that the three biggest muscles in the body are the quadriceps, hamstrings and your glutes…all in the lower body.
And one of the top fitness mistakes people make, even when they make the decision to strength train, is to focus solely on the upper body.
About ½ of the muscles in the body are above the waist, and half are below. This means that you should split your strength training up in the same manner. Half of the time above the waist and half of the time below.
Top Fitness Mistakes You Are Making – You Drink Your Calories
Even though people are trying to lose weight they still go about drinking coffee, soda [even the diet sodas that are filled with the fake sugars that keep you fat], alcohol, lattes, cappuccinos, etc…every day. In all, I figure the average person ends up drinking about 500 calories a day.
If you switched to drinking water and saved the 500 calories a day…that is 3,500 calories a week…or 1 pound of fat lost a week!
Can you imagine losing 50 pounds of fat in a year because you drank water? Yes it is possible.
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