Around 2.3 million Australians are on some form of diet, exercise regime, or are actively trying to improve their fitness. While deciding to lose weight is an excellent first step, there might be some things you’re doing that aren’t helping the process. Read on to learn how you might be stopping your own weight loss progress.
Not Enough Calories, or Too Many
The foundation for weight loss is a calorie deficit. You need to burn more calories than you’re eating and drinking. However, many people make the mistake of consuming too many through miscalculation, or not enough. Pay attention to the healthy food you are eating, such as nuts. They are good for the body but are also high in calories.
However, if you consume far fewer calories than your body is burning, then it can have the opposite effect. A low-calorie diet could lead to detrimental muscle loss, which can impact your fitness and exercise, as well as a slow metabolism. The goal is to strike a happy balance, which may require the helping hand of an expert in the field.
Not Enough Exercise, or Too Much
When you lose weight, you lose both fat and muscle. However, how much of both can depend on your fitness regime. If you start consuming fewer calories but don’t exercise, you can lose more muscle mass. When you exercise, you can reduce lean muscle loss while promoting fat loss.