Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Weight loss is one of those issues where everyone has a different solution. We are constantly bombarded with advertising offering ‘quick and easy’ ways to lose weight. One thing I want to share with you: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is – especially if you want to keep the weight off over time.
In my opinion there is no substitute in for eating well and exercising regularly. Having said this there are some common mistakes I see most of my client’s making when trying to lose weight which sabotages their best efforts. Read below for the top 7 and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
Skipping breakfast can lead to overeating
The most common thing I see through taking on new clients is they adopt an ‘all or nothing’ approach to weight loss. They will go from no physical activity with poor nutrition – to training every day.
Remember, it is quality not quantity! As a very general rule of thumb you need to make sure you have at least one- two full rest days to allow your body time to fully recover.
3.Not Eating Enough.
Being hungry is a sure fire way to fall off the bag-wagon with your healthy eating. It becomes even more tempting to grab the closest thing right? Which almost always is made from sugar!
Eating portion sized meals 5-6 times a day is what you should be aiming for. My day will always consist roughly of the following (depending on working hours as I am a shift worker):
Breakfast at 7AM, Morning tea at 10AM, Lunch at 1PM, Afternoon tea at 3PM, Dinner at 6PM, Bed snack 9PM.
4.Not Being Organised.
Losing weight requires determination, but most of all being organised. You need make sure you have the right food on hand at home and also with you when you are at work.
Initially this requires planning and effort I suggest a weekly shop and undertaking meal preparations.
If your weight gain has taken a while to put on then it’s just not realistic to expect it all to come off in a couple of weeks! We are constantly subjected to diet advertising that promises ‘speedy results’, and ‘magic pills.’ Have these worked for you yet?
As a very general rule if you are eating and training properly it should be possible to lose and maintain a weight loss of around 0.5 kg a week.
If you would like more some structure, support or more information on how to be successful in starting off on your weight loss, get in touch and we can design a Personalised Eating program suited just to your needs and lifestyle!