If you’re having too much of a hard time with your cutting phase, check out this list of most common mistakes guys make while trying to lose the extra fat, to get some insight and inspiration!
1. Not having well-defined goals
If you don’t have clear goals for yourself, at least in terms of the amount of fat you want to lose and a time frame, it will be really hard to achieve anything. Having a good plan is a big part of success. It helps you stay motivated and enables you to keep a track of your progress.
2. Relying too much on the scale
Well, many things can affect the numbers on the scale, such as the amount of food and liquids you’ve consumed that day and the clothes you’re wearing. So, if you want to keep track of your weight more precisely, include some other tools to measure your progress. Relying too much on the scale can leave you very confused because there will always be a difference between the numbers and the way you actually look.
3. Not eating enough
If you put many hard calorie restrictions on your body, its reaction is to go into starvation mode, thus dramatically decreasing the metabolic processes. This is understandable if you consider the experiences gathered during the early stages of evolution when food was often scarce and organisms had to minimize the energy, i. e. calories they spend by all means, in order to survive.
This means that if your daily calorie intake is too low, your body will significantly reduce the metabolic functions, causing you to burn less and less calories, which is not what you wanted, right? Starving yourself is an ineffective method which could even end up being counterproductive for your weight loss goals.
4. What about eating too much?
This one is rather simple – we need to burn more calories than we consume in order to lose the fat. It doesn’t matter how hard you train if the number of calories you consume is still bigger than the number of calories you spend. Taking a closer look at what you eat every day and writing it down can be really helpful in keeping track of your calorie intake.
5. Changing diets too often
Always trying out the newest diets and nutritional tips? If you don’t spend enough time sticking to any given diet plan, it’s not a surprise nothing ever works for you. Every diet change needs a few weeks for the body to fully accept and adapt to it, especially if it’s something totally different from what you’ve done before. The best way to know if a certain diet is the right for you or not, is to give it at least a month to become fully effective.