3. Relying Too Much on Cardio
When it comes time to choose an exercise plan, many choose to get their cardio through running because it doesn’t require a gym membership. However, if your only exercise is running, your body will eventually adapt and burn fewer calories each time.
You will also be hungrier and eat more without noticing. You will ultimately stop losing weight. Rather than only running, try adding resistance training, which burns calories both during and after your workout due to EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.
4. Not Knowing When to Use Cheat Meals
Another common mistake that many make is being too strict about their diet. Many give themselves an all or nothing mindset, meaning that if they mess up one day, they should give up on the entire plan.
Others believe that if they eat too much for one meal, they should be able to cheat for the rest of the day, too. Instead, allow yourself a cheat meal every once in a while. This will satisfy your cravings but allow you to stay on track.
5. Carelessly Trusting Food Labels
Finally, another common weight loss mistake is putting too much reliance on food labels. There are a ton of foods out there labeled “low-fat,” “sugar-free,” and other “healthy” buzzwords.
However, eating too much of these self-proclaimed “healthy” foods will still put calories into your body. Rather than focusing on labels from processed foods focus on label-free whole foods.