If you are trying to lose weight you will definitely want to make sure you’re not wasting your time.
Let's talk about the Four (4) Worst Ways to Attempt to Lose Weight and Keep it Off (They simply don't work!!!).
The sad thing is that many of these are the most popular practices that people use when trying to lose fat and change the way their body looks. So let's right to it, debunk each of these and offer insight on how to take action instead. First up...
1. Training Abs
We start by addressing the obsession people have with training their abs as their sole method of losing belly fat. There is no ab workout in the world that is going to allow you to lose fat simply by performing it, no matter how great the exercise of number of repetitions you can endure. Doing thousands of abdominal crunches has truly no meaningful impact on your weight loss.
That said, many people opt for a few quick ab workouts a week as a low commitment option for losing weight. They think, if I can just get rid of this belly a little bit at least I’ll be happy about that. I can always opt for a more rigorous and complete workout program when I feel like I’ve started to see results from the ab workouts alone. It doesn’t work that way. Unless you have a way to get rid of the fat that is covering up your ab muscles and employ other methods of losing weight, you will never see the results of your work.
2. Commitment to Cardio
So that brings us to cardio. Many have heard and maybe even tried using cardio before as a way to lose weight. They will jump on an elliptical machine, treadmill, or bike at the gym and glide, run and pedal away for hours hoping to amass enough calories burned to make a giant dent in their fat loss efforts. The problem is, none of these methods are effective if you don’t get your nutrition in check as well. So many times people play for the tie when it comes to exercise. They burn some calories by spending an hour on the treadmill and then proceed to screw it all up by not watching the food they put in their mouths over the remaining 23 hours in the day. When it is all said and done, most forms of cardio produce around 500 calories burned (depending on the condition of the person doing it, age, bodyweight and intensity) in a given workout. This can all be undone with a single bad meal and it just underscores the fact that you won’t be able to outrun a bad diet.
Using weights is today's primary method of building lean muscle tissue. It's more metabolically active and calorie consuming at rest (which will help you to lose weight and keep it off more permanently).
3. Unsustainable Diets
A "diet" has to be sustainable in the sense that if you can't see yourself maintaining the diet over the entire year, it will not produce long-lasting results. Resorting to the newest diet fad as a way for you to lose weight is a recipe for failure. Even if you are able to deprive your body of something you enjoy for long enough to result in a few pounds lost, you likely won’t be able to sustain it long term. And that’s the thing, the only form of weight loss that truly works is the one you can make and sustain for the rest of your life. This is where it becomes vital that you find a method of eating that works for you forever. If it is keto, or some other form of diet, so be it. As long as you can maintain the discipline and that the method is conducive to a long term permanent approach, then it will work. Find means to re-educate yourself to eat better ALL THE TIME. Just be careful of using any nutritional strategy that promises short term impact without the promise of long term adherence (hello detox juices!).
Finally, the mindset you have with any approach trumps everything. If you bring the same mindset to a new approach as you did in your previous failed attempts at losing weight then you are bound to fail again. You must approach your new endeavor with a new attitude. You have to learn from your mistakes in the past and realize what made you not follow through and vow to not let that happen again. Keep doing what works and drop what doesn't (life lesson here!).
BONUS: The Truth
Guys, there aren't shortcuts to weight loss. It's almost as "simple" as math. Burn more than you consume and the outcome will be a steady and sustainable weight loss. This requires a mix up in the workout routines, a strong mindset and allowing yourself to eat better by re-educating yourself with better nutrition rather than signing up for the latest diet. What you do to your body while you are living the 23h of the day that you are not working out are much more impactful than you might have considered! Eat well, sleep better, train strong!
Get After It Guys!