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Common mistakes made while trying to lose weight

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People make different types of mistakes while trying to lose weight. Let’s know about these common mistakes so that you can avoid them in your journey to lose weight.

Eating more or less calories

If you want to lose weight, you will always need a calorie deficit. It also means you will need to burn more calories than you consume. Even though the common belief says that you need to reduce around 3500 cal per week for 1lb fat loss. However, since people are different so actually there deficit need will also be different. Generally, we tend to underestimate what we eat, which means probably we are eating more but reporting less than what we are eating. If that is the case, how can you lose weight because you are not reducing the amount of calories as much as you need to.

Consuming low-fat or diet foods

If you are consuming processed low-fat or diet foods to lose weight, you are probably making a big mistake. Even though they are generally considered as good choices for losing weight, in practical they may have the complete opposite effect. Manufacturers of these products often use lots of sugar to improve the taste and you don’t want to add more sugar to your body when you are trying to lose weight. Such foods may make you hungrier and as a result you may eat more than reducing your amount of food.

Instead of focusing on such low fat diet foods, you can always find a combination of minimally processed foods which are also nutritious.

No or too much exercise

If you are not exercising at all, it will derail your efforts to lose weight. If you reduce the amount of calories you are consuming but at the same time you are not exercising, then you lose more muscle mass and at the same time, your metabolic rate will decrease. Exercising regularly will reduce the loss of lean mass, increase fat loss and will also prevent slowing down of your metabolism.

On the other hand, issue exercise too much, then it may also be a problem for you and may create problems for your objective of losing weight. Too much of exercising will cause stress and it will result in the production of adrenal hormones for regulation of stress response. Too much exercise is not healthy and it is neither effective when you are trying to lose weight.

Less consumption of protein

If you are trying to lose weight but at the same time you are not consuming enough protein, you are making a big mistake. You need lots of protein when you are trying to lose weight. Protein can help you to lose weight in different ways. When you consume enough protein, it will reduce your appetite and you will feel full and as a result of that you will consume fewer amounts of calories. It will also increase your metabolic rate and will protect the muscle mass during your journey of weight loss. If you want to reduce your calorie intake in a day, you will need to add more protein to your food. When you eat a protein rich food, it will also help you by improving your body composition. You need a high protein food in your meal so as to increase your possibility of losing weight and also to increase the amount of weight you lose during a given time.

References
1. Burn The Fat 7-day Body Transformation Quickstart Program
2. Losing weight guide
3. Finding a Balance