Spring has sprung, which means many people are setting their second round of yearly resolutions. If your New Year’s weight loss plan failed, summer swimsuit season is on the horizon to motivate you to tie up your running shoes and try again. This time around, do a little more planning to avoid these weight loss pitfalls.
Jumping in too deep, too fast
The excitement of a new diet and exercise plan can be a great encouragement, but it can also run you into the ground. Try slowly increasing the length and intensity of your workouts, or swapping junk food snacks for healthier choices instead of suddenly slashing your calorie intake. Measures that are too drastic will exhaust you and your body, and giving up altogether will cause you to gain the weight back — and then some.
Over-investing in fad diets
“If something has to be processed for you to consume it, or if you have to find a store in a different continent, that just doesn’t make sense,” he says. “Eating healthy and being healthy does not require a trip to the moon.” These diets are tricky to follow and don’t offer a whole-health solution, leading to quick derailment and swift weight gain.
Turning to energy bars
People frequently think that because they aren’t eating a whole meal, eating an energy bar is a good way to avoid the temptation of sweets or over-indulging. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually true. Most energy or protein bars are meant for someone about to do an intense workout, so they can easily lead to consuming 600 calories in just a few bites.
Overcompensating — or not compensating at all
Without a proper diet and exercise plan in place, your efforts may easily go to waste. If you’re working out without eating the right foods, you’ll feel fatigued and weak and have trouble achieving your fitness goals. If you work out and then eat a “cheat” meal to congratulate yourself, you’ll end up sabotaging your results. Keeping track of calories in and calories out takes a little extra work, but it is worth it to see those pounds finally drop.