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Ten mistakes women make when trying to loose fat

Wellness is a journey and achieving your health and fitness goals sometimes is more than just eating right and working out. Learning more about the body can help you make the best decisions for you and help you learn how to deal with things like stress, food cravings and sleep that can help you in your wellness journey. In order to do something right you have to stop doing it wrong. Therefore in this article we will review the ten basic mistakes we do concerning fat loss.

1. UNDER EATING CALLORIES

The easiest way to tell your body to store fat instead of burning it is to stop feeding it! This may seem counter-intuitive until you sit down and think about it. Let’s be honest, if we were simply calories in vs calories out, do you really think that there would be so many of us struggling with weight? Hormones play a bigger part in fat loss than most understand. If you want to learn more about how your hormones affect fat loss sign up for our newsletter in order to get the latest articles and expert advice on wellness, fashion and style.

THE EASIEST WAY TO TELL YOUR BODY TO STORE FAT INSTEAD OF BURNING IT IS TO STOP FEEDING IT

2. SLEEP AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

This is BIG. Establishing a self-care routine and stress management protocol can be what makes or breaks fat loss. Oh and under-sleeping has the same effects on the body as over-training! So, make it a priority and for the love of everything good, don’t skip sleep to get your workout in. Latest studies have confirmed that good sleep helps you loose body fat. We all know that sleep itself doesn’t have any calories but it effects our hormones; it impacts how much we eat and what foods we choose to eat. 

THE CHOICES WE MAKE EVERYDAY IMPACT OUR HORMONES. IF THESE CHOICES DISRUPT OUR HORMONES, IT CAN ALTER YOUR GENE EXPRESSION AND LEAD TO OBESITY AND AGING CELLS. GOOD SLEEP PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN KEEPING OUR HORMONES WELL BALANCED

3. OVERDOING CARDIO

Assuming that more cardio is better and feeling crushed or defeated if you don’t get your workout in for the day is extremely counterproductive. Consistency is way more important and the right diet is also a major part in building the body you want and creating a lifestyle that will benefit your health on every level. 

Over exhaustion is not considered healthy or beneficial on the long run. However if such routine feels good, helps relieve stress and gives you positive effects overall by all means listen to your body because we all are unique. But the common denominator is pairing cardio with other types of exercises that will effect flexibility, building strength, endurance and balance for best results.

CARDIO MUST BE WELL BALANCED WITH OTHER WORKOUT PRACTICES TO HAVE THE BEST RESULT

4. DEMONIZING A MACRONUTRIENT

Nutrients are substances needed for growth, energy provision and other body functions. Macronutrients are those nutrients required in large amounts that provide the energy needed to maintain body functions and carry out the activities of daily life. There   are 3 macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Your body was built to utilize all these macronutrients, and avoiding them often has some unfortunate consequences. Instead of demonizing a macronutrient, find a plan that helps you control your intake in a way that optimizes your body and helps your hormones work for you, instead of against you. This is easier than it sounds!

5. EXPECTING BIG CHANGES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME

Your motivation is high, your commitment is spot on, but when you don’t see the scale changing, you get discouraged and move on to the next plan. You will never know if a plan is working for you if you don’t give it enough time. I was majorly guilty of this a few years ago. But this changed when I decided to commit to a wellness plan on the long run. It is amazing what patience and consistency in training can bring about.

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6. RELYING ON A MEAL PLAN AND PRE-MADE MEALS FOR FAT-LOSS

I know that meal plans come from a good place, but let’s be honest. Pre-made meal plans and ready-to-eat meals teaches you nothing about how to sustain a lifestyle for the long term. Enter in rebound weight gain as soon as you get tired of the meal plan or pre-made meals. As my friend says, “If you can read, you can cook.” We are working on a Cook Book in collaboration with some of the best nutritionists and wellness experts to create the perfect quick and easy meal ideas that will improve your health and cooking skills as well.

7. NO EXECUTION OF YOUR WORKOUT PLAN

Deciding on a plan but being inconsistent in the execution or making a million changes to the plan to fit your “wants or needs”. While I don’t believe in one size fits all plans, I can tell you that the easiest way to not see progress is to constantly change the rules. Your body WANTS routine, but by constantly changing the rules, you never get that routine, and you quickly find yourself back in your old habits. We don’t want that!

8. MISSING AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER 

This was me for a long time. You look around and think if she can do it so can I. But I’m telling you right now, we LIE to ourselves pretty much all the time unfortunately. I’ll start tomorrow. Just this one little thing. And on and on and on. Relying on yourself for motivation and accountability makes a tough situation even harder. It is best to have somebody to keep you accountable for what you set out to achieve. Whether it’s a personal trainer or a friend makes little difference. The important thing is you are held accountable. In such circumstance excuses won’t come so easy.

WORKOUT IS ALWAYS BETTER IN PAIR ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER CLOSE BY

9. USING A SCALE TO MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS

The scale doesn’t weigh in on your misery. By not focusing on non-scale victories like wearing a smaller size pants, waking up without bloating or constant fatigue. Using only a scale to measure your progress, is not a true indication of fat loss and an easy way to make yourself a crazy person.

10. RELY ON  HIGHLY PROCESSED FOODS, K BARS AND LEAN CUISINE FOR SUCCESSFUL FAT-LOSS

If you look closely at the ingredients in these items you will see a pattern of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup and chemicals you can’t pronounce. While these maybe great for “weight loss” (see number under-eating calories) your body does not recognize these as REAL food and will continue to store them away in fat. This will make you smaller, but fatter in the long run and this should be avoided.

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