Seven Mistakes People Make When Trying to Lose Weight

During my time as a Personal Trainer I have discovered that the same seven mistakes crop up again and again when working with clients who are desperate to lose weight.

 I have compiled seven of the biggest mistakes people make. Are you guilty of these seven mistakes people make when trying to lose weight too?

1. You fail to consider the consequences of your actions.

 Alwyn Cosgrove (one of the top trainers in the business and an early mentor of mine) once said…

I get my clients to think, “Will this help me or not? Is this a positive step or not?

If you can see that every action that you take is either helping you lose fat or stopping you from losing fat, then you will start to make better choices.

So, remember that everything you put in your mouth is either for or against fat loss. And every exercise choice you make is either for or against fat loss.

Get that right and you are on the road to success with your weight loss goals.


2. You neglect to control your insulin and blood sugar levels – 2 key factors in determining whether or not the body fat will come off.

If you eat processed foods you are guaranteed to elevate your insulin & blood sugar levels. If you do that, your body sends the message, “Store fat!”, and you won’t make any progress.

So avoid white-flour based bakery products, sugary drinks, and almost any carbohydrate snack that comes in a bag or a box.


3. You train like it’s the 1980’s.

 Yes, I know. Eighties music is popular again. But that doesn’t mean ineffective training methods from the 80’s like light weights, low-intensity steady state cardio, and endless low-intensity ab work should also make a comeback.

 That type of training should stay buried in the back issues of cheesy muscle magazines. That’s why here at ICAN PERSONAL TRAINING we stick to strength training and interval training for efficient and effective body changing routines.


4. You don’t take 30 minutes to plan your next day’s food intake.

If you fail to do this, you will set your fat loss efforts back by a minimum of 72 hours. Without a good meal plan, you are left to hunt and gather food in the modern world.

And that’s a recipe for fat loss disaster.

You are bound to eat something processed if you aren’t prepared. You will lose the fat burning benefits from yesterday’s workout and it will take until the end of the following day to get back on track.

That equates to an entire 72-hour period wasted.


5. You don’t eat enough vegetables.

Did you know that we should, in fact, be eating between 12-15 portions of fruit and veg a day?  

Most people are struggling to even consume five portions a day! Eating fibrous veggies regularly is one sure fire way of guaranteeing fat loss.

One way of boosting our intake is to include a portion of fibrous vegetables at every meal to assist your fat loss efforts.

By doing so, you’ll control your blood sugar and insulin – thus supporting the optimal hormonal situation for fat loss.


6. You screw up your hormones with poor lifestyle choices.

If you are out boozing and staying up late on the weekend, you are shutting down your fat loss and messing up the optimal hormonal environment for fat burning.

I believe this is the underrated key to building your best body ever.


7. You don’t plan and monitor your training sessions.

If you are still going to the gym without a plan, then you are going to have a hard time losing fat.

And if you aren’t recording your workouts and eating habits, then you aren’t losing as much fat as you probably can.

To fix this mistake, start by getting on track with strength training and interval training. It’s guaranteed to get you lean.

If you need assistance in rectifying any of these mistakes yourself, then please either pop into to see us at any of our studios or give us a call on 01625 583233

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Andrew Wallis