No one is like you. Never let anyone tell you you're a nobody. But of course were not perfect. Most of us go through phases in life and a lot of times that applies to our overall fitness and health meaning sometimes we let ourselves go and hold a little too much body fat.
And it may take months before it’s detected. And all of the sudden one day we wake up and look in the mirror and we become unhappy with ourselves.
Considering we live in an age where we get everything we want with the push of a button. Why should our bodies be different, we want instantaneous results. The problem is it doesn’t work like that when it comes to our bodies.
One of the biggest mistakes a lot of people do when they embark on a weight-loss journey is they drop a lot of calories and work out seven days a week. This by far is one of the most counterproductive things one can do. When the goal is trying to lose body fat and remember “not weight” body fat is what we’re after, we have to approach it in a very deliberate and methodical way, almost like building pyramid backwards.
The slower the approach for fat loss the more muscle you preserve. Why is this important? Because when it comes to losing body fat the most important thing is to preserve as much muscle as possible. The more muscle you have the greater the metabolism. Also when leptin(a hormone that controls fat storage and appetite control) increases, which happens when you decrease your calories and before you know it your appetite increases.
Another mistake a lot of people make is after they go on a crazy starvation diet and this applies to gym enthusiasts, gym rats or even competitive bodybuilders they binge. Once they’re done with their body fat loss, they indulge in all sorts of junk food and just like that they sabotage their gains. That's one of the worst things you can do. You will gain fat and enormous amount of water is retained through the carbohydrates and that’s creates a bloated look. Before you know it you will look like the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.
How do you avoid these setbacks?
When it comes to losing body fat, first, take things slow. Start by eating healthy for a few weeks, next begin weight training and then go into a caloric deficit.
As far as eating more calories again, begin a reverse diet, which means you gradually increase your calories per day over a course of several weeks or months while you’re maintaining low body fat levels.
Most of this is not anectodal. So in essence the take-home lesson is whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose body fat the slower you approach it the better the results.
Remember, "Rome wasn't built in a day, but the Romans took steps forward each day."
Make sure you do the same.
And always stay hungry.