If you want to lose weight, stop starving yourself! One mistake people tend to make when trying to lose weight is to starve themselves. Sure, in the short-term, this type of crash diet may work, but it can not, and should not, be maintained. Your body will not have enough energy to get you through your normal routine and not eating enough may actually cause you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods. Not to mention that you’re probably neglecting the essential nutrients that your body needs.
Another mistake made when loosing weight is skipping meals – the results are similar to starving yourself. As mentioned, both of these can not be maintained for long-periods of time without effecting your body and your mood… and ultimately can actually end up in weight gain!
There is a very simple formula for losing weight – reduce the amount of calories you consume and increase the calories you burn during exercise. Stop starving yourself and instead teach yourself self-control, learn how to eat in moderation, and to make better choices when eating.
I also challenge you with what your ultimate goal is? You want to lose weight, right? But are you looking to just get to a number on the scale, or do you care more about how your body actually looks? If you’re looking to just obtain a number on the scale, you may not be happy with the end result. Running is a great fat-burner, but what it isn’t great for is toning your body. Loosing a bunch of weight via running may result in a “skinny-fat” and I know many people that achieved their goal but were still not satisfied because although the scale read the way they wanted it to, their body was not what they had expected it to be.
If your goal is to get healthy and to have lower body fat with a toned appearance, then I recommend that you pick up weights. Adjust your diet to standard weight-lifting macros which are comprised of 40% protein, 30% fat and 30% carbs per day. These macros will support your fat loss and muscle gain when paired with physical activity.
Where do you start with macros? Get an app! SparkPeople is one that breaks things down nicely and is easy to use, but there are plenty of free options out there. Get a handle on your macros and stay within those percentages – choosing cleaner, fresher foods while trying to stay away from processed foods.
Once you’re eating is under control, you’ll notice the weight start to melt away as you push yourself with the weights in the gym. No more starving, no more craving bad foods, or binge-eating. No more failing because this formula is easier to maintain than starving yourself, I promise.
Visit our Exercise archives for some ideas to get started with weight lifting and start working towards your goal!