As a once Personal Trainer in California, I have witnessed the struggles people face while on their weight loss journey. I am so excited to share what I believe to be the biggest mistakes people are making and I hope this helps some of you who may be struggling with weight loss now!
You ready? Let’s GO!
#1. FAD DIETS – gosh, I HATE these
Just stop! Stop, Stop, STOP! Do you ever wonder why you don’t lose any weight with the diet you’re on? Or when you stop this diet, before you can even properly congratulate yourself for losing that 10lbs, you gain it all back, plus some!
HNU TIP: make a LIFESTYLE change! I mean it! Make a change that you can MAINTAIN! Most importantly, make a change that is HEALTHY!
Stop doing these fast 30/60/90 day diets– these are not what we should be doing to our bodies, AT ALL! Change your mindset and start eliminating foods here and there and then replace those foods with healthier choices!
Stop dieting, Periodttt!
#2. NOT EATING ENOUGH
Yep! You heard me right; a lot of people are eating too little and its actually causing weight GAIN! While I was a Personal Trainer in California, I saw this more than anything!
True story: I had a male client and he wanted to lose body fat, gain muscle, and tone up all together. I would train him 3x a week and he would kill it with strength training and cardio but I noticed his body fat was starting to go up! He was so thrilled to see the number on the scale going down but was discouraged to see the body fat percentage increasing. I found out that my client was barely eating. He was skipping meals, eating less and less, on top of working out more. In the end, he was depriving his body of the calories it needs, losing muscle mass and slowing down his metabolism even more.
HNU TIP: EAT! Eat more frequently throughout the day. Try including 3 small meals and 3 small snacks! More Frequently-Smaller portion size. Make sure you’re getting the proper amount of daily calories your body NEEDS. It is important you are getting enough fuel and protein with how active you are as well.
#3. SET GOALS
Not just any goals but realistic goals! SET YOURSELF UP TO SUCCEED!
How are you suppose to achieve results when you aren’t actively setting goals? Goal setting is so important and is especially important in our weight loss journeys!
HNU TIP: Write down these goals! It’s pretty amazing what writing down what your goals are and looking at the words you wrote does to our mentality to get them done! Start with short term goals and work your way to long term. But my biggest tip is to make both Behavioral Goals and Outcome Goals.
Do you know the difference between the two? Behavioral Goals are more important in the process than Outcome Goals are. Behavioral Goals– Goals that you can control and can be measured. Outcome Goals– Goals that we want at the end of the process.
Example: Outcome Goal: “I want to lose 10lbs.” Behavioral Goal: “I wont eat fast food this entire month, I’ll make it to the gym 2x a week, and I’ll drink more water.”
See the difference!? It’ll make a huge difference at the end of the month when you step on the scale and see that you didn’t lose 10lbs but you know why. You maybe didn’t follow through with your Behavioral Goals (ate fast food 3 times this week instead of 1, went to the gym 4 times this month instead of 12) and you will know what to do to hit your Outcome Goal. Being realistic and deciding what goals work best for YOU is so important because you don’t want to set yourself for failure, you want to set yourself up for success!!!
Go at your own pace, set your own goals, and EAT!
At the end of the day, remember ladies, you’re beautiful & you got this!!!
I would absolutely love to hear from you! Don’t be afraid to leave comments with your thoughts and opinions! If you ever need advice on your weight loss struggles hit that Let’s Talk button on the home page!
Xo, Heather Nicole U