Every year, untold numbers of Americans enthusiastically embark on a weight-loss program only to ultimately give up in frustration. It is not because they cannot lose weight. It is not because they have not spent a ton of money on expensive exercise equipment or prepackaged meals. It is usually because they have made some common mistakes based on equally common myths we’ve all been trained to believe.
There are correct and incorrect ways to go about losing weight and keeping it off. Unfortunately, America has been sold a bill of goods by a weight loss industry that persists in propagating the previously mentioned myths. In this blog post, you will learn about four common mistakes associated with these myths and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Starvation Dieting
Our obsession with calorie counting has led us to believe that starvation dieting is a good thing. Look, counting calories is not a bad strategy if you follow scientific standards. But just because a good level for a dieting woman is 1,200 calories per day doesn’t mean reducing intake to 1000 calories is better. It’s not. If you dial back your calorie intake too far, your body will actually start storing fat in order to make up for it. Too few calories can actually make you fatter.
Mistake #2: Overdoing the Cardio
Cardio exercises are great for weight loss and maintenance inasmuch as they keep the heart working and burn calories simultaneously. But again, cardio is a lot like calorie intake. You can overdo it. A good personal trainer can recommend an adequate level of cardio training to help you burn fat without requiring you to run yourself ragged.
Mistake #3: Measuring Success by the Scale
We shoot ourselves in the foot by talking about ‘weight loss’ instead of ‘fat loss’. That leads us to measure success by stepping on the scale. This is not good. Why? Because weight can fluctuate as a result of a lot of different influences. As women know, there is water weight associated with the monthly cycle. You can also add muscle while burning fat, and muscle actually weighs more than fat. In short, the scale can be deceiving. A better way to measure success is how well your clothes fit.
Mistake #4: Making Things Too Complicated
Lastly, weight loss and maintenance should not be a complicated endeavor. Setting aside biology and physiology for one moment, losing excess fat and maintaining a healthy body weight are not complicated principles. They boil down to three simple things: the foods you consume, what those foods contain, and what your body does with them. That’s it.
Avoid complicated diet and exercise programs with a ton of rules to follow. Keep it simple. That’s one of the benefits of the 2 Week Diet strategy. Its simplicity is also the key to its effectiveness.
Remember that there are both right and wrong ways to lose weight. Do not make the common mistakes that are so prevalent in the modern dieting industry. Do it the right way, and you will get great results.