No matter what you do, no matter how hard you Workout, you still can’t lose that stubborn fat! If you can relate to this, you are not alone. Millions of people struggle to lose weight and fail. Believe it or not, 600 million adults and 100 million children are obese.
We put together a list of 7 common mistakes that make it difficult to get the perfect toned body you always wanted, no matter how much exercise you do in the gym.
Mistakes That Don’t Allow You To Burn Fat
1. You Treat All Calories Equally
All calories are not equal. Eating 100 calories of vegetables is not the same as eating 100 calories of ice cream, and they will not have the same effect on the body. Regarding weight loss, it is essential to consider the amount of insulin released by the body based on the type of calories we eat.
When the body releases a large amount of insulin throughout the day, it not only prevents fat loss but also encourages the body to store energy as body fat.
The types of calories that produce the most insulin are carbohydrates in the form of simple sugar. So if you want to eat carbohydrates, stick with healthy carbohydrates from slow-digesting foods.
Along with carbohydrates, protein can also increase insulin levels, especially those from dairy sources, such as skim milk and yogurt.
2. You Don’t Focus Enough On Lean Body Mass
If you find yourself cutting down your calories and doing aerobic exercise, and still have extra fat left, it may be a good idea to focus on lean mass.
Increasing lean body mass awakens your resting metabolism. It also affects many different hormones in the body, such as insulin, leptin, and ghrelin.
These hormones communicate with your cells and instruct them about whether it’s time to store fat or release it.
3. You Believe That Eating More Meals Throughout The Day Will Help You Lose Weight And Burn Fat
There is a special diet called fasting and it is an amazing way to burn fat. Fasting also reduces insulin levels more than other dietary methods.
Fasting causes the body to release glucagon to extract energy from its cells, including fat cells. Rather than eating a few 400-calorie meals a day, it’s better to eat a 1,600-calorie meal later in the day.
4. You Believe Doing A Lot Of Cardio Is The Only Way To Lose Fat
Since doing cardio is not as interesting as other exercises, people think it is the only way to lose weight. But because it can be a little boring, people stop trying to lose weight entirely.
The good news is that there are other ways to burn fat without spending long hours on the treadmill. The best way to reap the benefits of cardio is to incorporate it into weight training.
Your trainer can help you create special sessions designed based on your own fitness goals.
5. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep unbalances your body’s hormone levels, affecting your hunger levels the next day. The two hormones that affect our appetite are ghrelin (the hormone that makes us feel hungry) and leptin (the hormone that makes us feel full).
When we don’t get enough sleep, the ghrelin level increases as our leptin levels decrease. This makes you feel hungry and overeat.
To get a good night’s sleep, try to sleep a little earlier than normal and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
6. You’re Feeling Stressed
Feeling stressed can wreak havoc on our bodies. Stress causes the body to produce a steroid hormone called cortisol, which increases the desire for sugary foods that provide instant energy and pleasure.
When our cortisol levels remain high for a long period of time, this can increase the amount of fat your abdomen stores.
7. You’re Trying Too Hard
The body needs a healthy balance of exercise and rest. Doing too much exercise prevents the body from transferring excess fat. Exercising without getting proper rest affects the level of cortisol in your body, causing an increase in the stubborn fat stored in your abdomen.
Are you making these mistakes? If so, it’s time to change! Share this article with your friends to spread the word and let us know in the comments which of these mistakes you are making.