Here are 5 mistakes I made when I started my weight loss journey. These mistakes cost me a lot of wasted time and effort. I am talking months of wasted time and effort. If you are in the beginning or in the middle of your weight loss journey; hopefully you read this post completely and avoid the missteps that I took. More importantly, you will make better use of your time and effort.
Ate Very Little
I knew that I was eating like a fat ass because I looked like one. So I did the opposite. I ate very little. This got me quick results in the first couple of weeks. However, I quickly plateaued. Not only was I starving and feeling weak, but I was no longer losing weight. This caused me to eat more, which resulted in gaining weight again. If I could do it over again, I would slowly cut down on my eating instead of starving myself.
Made Everything Complicated
Another mistake I made was making everything really complicated. I am talking about choosing the most complex diet and workout program. The result? It only lasted a couple of weeks before I chose and difficult diet and workout program. I was looking for the next big thing and the most scientific way of losing weight. What I should have done was just pick a simple diet and exercise plan that I can stick to in the long run.
Too Much Cardio
I was doing way too much cardio when I started my weight loss journey. After my weight training session; I would run on the treadmill for 30-60 minutes. This resulted in being in the gym for over 2 hours (I might as well moved in huh). Again, I got quick results in the beginning, however, I got burned out. I would always feel tired and my workout sessions would suffer because of it. What I should have done was just start out by doing 10 minutes of cardio post-workout instead of 30-60 minutes. I then would slowly increase it as I would start to lose weight.
No Rest Days
I would not take any rest days from the gym in the first 3-4 weeks of my journey. My body was always sore and tired. I did not get stronger in the gym and I was plateauing in terms of weight loss. My belief was If I worked out everyday then I would burn a lot of calories everyday. However, my body, mind, and central nervous system were burned out. What I should have done was take 2 rest days off per week. This would let my body to recover and actually burn fat and build muscle.
Wanting Quick Results
All the mistakes I just wrote about was because I wanted quick results. I ate very little, made things complicated, did too much cardio, and took no rest days. I was trying to undo all the damage I did to my body in a couple of weeks. I should have known better. It takes many months to lose weight (depends on how much weight you have to lose). If I had thought long term about losing weight then I probably would not have wasted months of time and effort.
These are the 5 mistakes I made when I started my weight loss journey. Hopefully, you can avoid some of these mistakes and save yourself time and effort. Think long-term and you will quickly see that it is POSSIBLE to lose weight.
* Possible Fitness does not imply any medical advice in this article. There are no guarantees of specific results and results may vary. Please consult your family Doctor before starting any diet or training program.