I don’t know why, but I don’t like to speak about fat loss. Maybe because of my previous experience when I first started with Fitness, and when I was trying to get a six-pack on my stomach. I was starving myself six days a week and ate everything I wanted during one day. That wasn’t healthy however. I know that today.
But maybe also because I worked in a posh gym, where staff as well as members were all crazy about fitness! It was top notch, and it was so much positive energy! Staff as well as members, as I can recall focused on the happiness in the fitness classes and on the achievements of lifting weights in the gym.
I brought that with me even today, that while fat loss can be a goal, it also matters how you relate to it. When you find the energy and happiness in your physical activities; that will drive you to workout because you just love it. And it will also drive you to eat better, so you can live that productive and happy life that you want.
I’ve also come to learn that you can lose fat in better ways, and in ways to you will feel mentally well as well.
While it’s not really healthy for a woman to have a too low body fat percentage, we might like to feel strong, that the curves are in the right place and that we feel great in our jeans.
Too many women however are struggling and feeling more or less miserable because of excessive fat, and they desire to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight! To begin with, it’s very important to make the difference between losing weight and losing fat. Below follows 5 common weight loss mistakes and how to fix them.
- Looking at the scale instead of measurements. A number on the scale isn’t really of importance. But how your clothes fit and what size you wear, and how You Feel about yourself matters!
- Not working out at all, or doing too much cardiovascular exercise, instead of strength training. More muscles = bigger engines and higher metabolism, and the curves in the right place. No, you will not look like a man, so please do be confident to do strength training and your body and mind will thank you.
- Eating too much or too little, instead of tracking. With skills and practice you can get to learn approximately how much you eat. But it’s still important to track your food in order to know exactly how much you eat. To lose fat, you need to create a calorie deficit, and therefore it can be a good idea to track your calorie intake to ensure you eat well, so you can feel well.
- Not eating enough protein. We don’t need to drink protein shakes or other supplements, but we need to eat enough protein! Like eggs, fish, chicken, tofu, lean meat and so on. When you track your food you’ll also be able to track your macros, aka how much you eat of protein, carbohydrates and fat. For weight loss or fat loss it’s recommended to eat approximately 2g protein/1 kg body weight. And it’s always good to eat protein in each meal, in order to get full and satisfied.
- Unrealistic expectations and not being consistent, instead of being patient. If I wake up and realize that I’m out of shape, I need to set realistic goals and I need to work on these goals consistently over a long period of time. Not only 3-4 weeks. Probably it also took me more than 3-4 weeks to get out of shape. Therefore, get the above in place, ensure you do the right thing and then be consistent and patient and in Shaa Allah, you’ll soon lose that eventual fat on your belly and feel stronger and more confident than you’ve done in a long time!