Avoid Weight Gain with These 4 Common Mistakes

Good for you, you’re hitting the gym and giving it your all. Burning calories and having a blast along the way, but why are you not hitting your weight loss goals? We know a few things that you may be doing (some of us are too) that could be hindering your success. See if you can make tweaks to some of the actions below and thus see a change in your numbers on the scale.

Food rewards.
Post workout you head to the coffee shop and get a latte, or muffin, cause you “earned” it. Nope. Indulging in food treats will absolutely hinder your weight loss. Those treats can add up to 500 calories! Do you even know exactly how many calories you burned. Here is an idea. Invest in a heart rate monitor that shows your total calories burned. Knowing the cold hard facts of just how hard you’re working during your workout, or not will no doubt have you rethinking those food treats.

Put off eating.
It is critical to get good nutrients into your body post workout. You’ve got about a 30 minute window to eat some protein and carbs to help rebuild your muscles. Remember, more muscles, higher metabolism.

No stretching.8-things-to-improve-stretching
Stretching post workout is just as important as the workout. Leave time to cool down and stretch. Avoiding it can up your risk for injury and possibly leave you benched for a significant period of time, thus slowing down your weight loss progress.

Not consistent.
You finished this workout and are feeling super psyched. This is the exact time to get your next workout on the calendar. Consistency is key. Shoot for 5 workouts a week to keep the weight off while building that lean muscle.

Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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