There are numerous methods on how to lose weight. The main question is if they’re effective or not? Here are three common mistakes that are made when attempting to lose weight that can hopefully help steer you in the right direction when it comes to making smarter choices in your weight loss quest.
Eating Too Many or Too Few Calories-A calorie deficit is required for weight loss. This means you need to burn more calories than you consume.* Calorie deficits vary from person to person. It is imperative that you find which deficit works most effectively for you by watching portion sizes and weighing yourself on a daily basis to track your progress and by consulting a dietitian.
Not lifting weights-Studies show lifting weights is one of the most effective exercise strategies for gaining muscle and increasing metabolic rate.* It also improves overall body composition and boosts belly fat loss.
Choosing low fat diet foods-Fat-free or "diet" foods are typically high in sugar and may lead to hunger and higher calorie intake.* Focusing on nutrient dense minimally processed food as an alternative is more of a diet friendly tactic.
We hope that these tips on simple mistakes that people tend to make when trying to lose weight will help you with your weight loss goals. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet and exercise regimen.
*Sources-pubmed central, www.healthline.com