You need a healthy eating plan in combination with increased physical activity to lose weight successfully. However, there are some mistakes that you may consistently repeat, which can cause you to gain more pounds than you lose. Here are the crucial mistakes to avoid if you don't want to ruin your exercise efforts.
You can't out-exercise a bad diet.
It's a nice, comforting thought: eat a whole pizza tonight and head to the gym for 45 minutes the next morning to make up for it (which tends to not happen, let's be honest).
Unfortunately, out-exercising a bad diet doesn't work for a few reasons, the main reason being it takes a lot longer to work off the energy in junk food than we may realize.
Put simply, it is much easier to over-consume or eat excess energy than it is to burn it off.
Weight gain is caused by an increase in energy intake compared to output, and most people may not really understand how energy-dense foods can be and how much energy you actually burn during exercise.
For example, a person could eat a 1,000 calorie meal in 5–10 minutes, but it would take them much longer than 60 minutes to burn off (probably closer to 90–120 minutes).
Exercise and nutrition are both important aspects of overall health and weight loss, but when it comes to losing weight you will never be able to burn more than what you eat, which is why dietary choices are so important.
Consuming "sports" products
Consuming so-called sports or energy products is a common mistake. When you hear the words "sports nutrition," you may think it's diet-friendly food, but it isn't. Sports nutritional products are designed for active athletes who burn lots of calories during training and in competition. They are concentrated sources of carbohydrates and sugar designed to give elite sportspeople the energy they need, so they pack a high-calorie punch.
Overdoing alcohol consumption
The third common mistake that destroys your diet plan is drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol is not only empty calories, but it also lowers your inhibitions and your willpower—so you're more likely to break your rules and go for an unhealthy snack or fast food. It's not an urban myth that people head for the curry house or kebab shop when they've had a few beers!
These mistakes can destroy even the best diet plan. Get enough exercise, avoid high-calorie sports snacks, and keep alcohol consumption to a moderate level to stick to your healthy eating plan and lose your excess pounds. It's not easy -- nothing worthwhile ever is -- but with the right attitude, a proper diet plan and an exercise routine, you can get there!