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Almost everyone I encounter as a trainer, no matter what their goals are, is looking to lose fat. While this can be a complicated process that can vary from individual to individual, there does seem to be a few common mistakes that I often encounter.
NOT ENOUGH FOOD
Too many people think that if they eat as little as they can that they will then lose weight. This CAN be true, except that this weight generally comes from muscle tissue far more so than fat. Not a good look unless you happen to like that emaciated, soft, doughy, ‘skinny-fat’ look. Eating crappy, processed food only once or twice a day can be a great way to do that.
TOO MUCH FOOD
The other side of the coin is when people mindlessly gobble away too much, too often on all of the wrong foods. If you are ingesting more than your body can use effectively, you will store fat. The key is to get just the right amount of nutritious food to fuel your body and get the nutrients you need.
NOT ENOUGH SLEEP
Consistently not getting the sleep you need can be a real progress blocker in the gym. Lack of sleep raises cortisol levels, a stress hormone that loves to diminish fat burning. Lack of sleep can also decrease testosterone levels in men which can almost guarantee lowered workout capacity. Also, not getting your zzzz’s can lower insulin sensitivity which can be a great way to put on some fat.
TOO MUCH STRESS
Once again, that cortisol gets a chance to rear its ugly head. Its primary purpose is to increase blood sugar to supply energy during times of crisis. When this becomes chronic it produces inflammation and problems with the function of the hypothalamic pituitary axis which is a fancy way of saying that you are out of whack and fat loss will be more of a struggle.
While this list could go on and on, I feel that in Western society these four are most common problems not only with fat loss, but overall health in general. Take care of these first and you will be well on your way to looking and feeling better.