So you’ve been going to the gym now for several months. You work three to four times a week. But you’re really not seeing any gains and you’re really not losing weight. You might be getting frustrated and you might even think of quitting.
Now is not the time to stop. However, now is the time to take a big step back and re-evaluate exactly what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. The chances are you are making at least one big mistake that’s holding you back. You might even be making several. If you are, that’s OK. These are very common mistakes. Ones that even the most advanced gym rats have probably made before. But by knowing what these mistakes are, you can take the steps to correct it.
Mistake #1: Eating too much.
It’s not unusual for someone to unconsciously start to add calories in because of increased exercise, but unfortunately, they add more than what they burn which means they’re going to add weight. Unless you’re a major body builder, you need to make sure you’re not adding calories from food simply because you start to go to the gym.
Mistake #2: Believing that No Pain = No Gain.
A great exercise is one that leaves you feeling like you’re just worked out, but it shouldn’t ever be painful. Yes – you need to stretch your goals and yes – you may at times feel sore. But if you’re physically hurting yourself each time you go to the gym, you’re simply harming your body physiologically. Think small, but constant, gains.
Mistake #3: Doing the same thing all the time
I once saw a new guy at the gym, who came in, did his curls and left. After a few weeks, he complained that he wasn’t losing any weight and wasn’t seeing any muscle gain. Of course not! First – he limited his actions to only one tiny part of the body, but he also didn’t switch things up. Muscles get used to doing the same thing all the time and it’s important to make changes once in awhile to shock the body into making more gains.
Mistake #4: Believing in gimmicks
Repeat after me: If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. There is no magic pill that will make you lose weight. There is no one product that will melt off the fat without you having to work for it. Real and lasting weight loss comes from hard work and consistency.
Mistake #5: Not keeping motivated.
There’s no one set routine that works for everyone. If you’re walking in and your heart is not in your workout routine, then change it! It’s more important to keep interest in what you’re doing than it is to keep to a particular routine. So if you’re tired of doing a weight training circuit and want to try your hand at yoga, go for it! It’s better to keep going to the gym than not to go.
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