Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Look, unless you’re a weight loss or nutritional expert there’s a good chance you’re going to make mistakes when you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re making the same mistakes as everyone else because there are a few that we all tend to make.
The Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes Women Make
1. Overdoing the Protein
Don’t get me wrong, protein is important, and if you don’t get enough, it’s a disaster. Equally, eating too much protein is a disaster. The ideal protein number for women is 46 grams on a daily basis, this is according to WebMD, though that number increases if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Protein should make up at least 10% of your daily calorie count (but not more than 35%). It’s important to include protein at every meal if you are trying to lose weight, but make sure you’re choosing the healthy proteins and getting your portions right.
2. The Wrong Attitude
One of the biggest issues many of us will face is making the right decisions when faced with temptation. Just because you performed well at the gym or did, an extra session doesn’t mean that you can go on a binge. It’s that type of attitude that is going to set your weight loss journey back seriously.
It’s easy to do because old habits die hard, but remind yourself that this isn’t a diet – it’s a lifestyle and you’re training your body and mind to make good choices. If you do have a slip up don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t use it as an excuse to let things spiral. It was one misstep, learn your lesson, and move on.
3. Starting Hard
It’s tempting to start everything all at once, but this is setting yourself up for your failure. So, if you want to quit smoking, eat healthily, stop drinking, start exercising, and change your life all at once – you’re inviting disaster.
On their own, each of these journeys is a difficult one so don’t push yourself to do them all at once. Not only does it increase your chances of failure, but you’re going to be pretty miserable as you embark down this road. Get one habit down before you try to drop another habit out.
4. Skipping Sleep
Along with eating well and exercising, sleep rounds out the ultimate health and wellness trifecta. A lack of sleep fuels your stress levels and makes you more likely to struggle to make the right food choices.
It’s more likely to send you running to the junk food aisle and picking up a pack of cigarettes or a few drinks after work. So, ensure you are getting seven solid hours of sleep every night. Once you start exercising and eating well you will naturally see a change in your sleeping patterns – they are all fueling each other.
5. Following the Same Routine
One of the biggest mistakes we are all guilty of is finding a workout routine we like and sticking to it. Your body needs you to change things up to keep it challenged. So, change the order of your exercise routine, change your sessions, and whatever you do – don’t forget to include weight training in your regimen.
It’s important for you to build muscle tone and firm up your body as you drop fat and potentially start seeing loose skin. Don’t be tempted to skip a workout because you’re tired (unless there are extenuating circumstances, or you are injured). You’ll feel better after your workout and failing to go once could trigger a spiral.