Welcome to Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on the key mistakes people should never make while navigating through any weight loss program.
3 Critical Mistakes People Make when Trying to Lose Weight – Part 3 in a 3 Part Series
Mistake #3 – People Try to Use Exercise as the Foundation for Weight Loss
Today, unfortunately, the fitness world often leads people astray when it comes to their complete health. There is the pervasive belief that exercise, in and of itself, is a very good way to shed unwanted pounds. Make no doubt, exercise should not be the principal tool used when it comes to losing weight. “There is no workout that can out work a bad diet…always know that food is your foundation,” world renowned nutrition expert Mark Macdonald insists. Indeed, food must always be your foundation for permanent weight loss! You can make far greater progress following a nutritionally balanced meal plan than forsaking your food and putting all your efforts into your exercise routines. The reality is 80 percent of your results will come from what you place in your mouth, while only 20 percent will come from the efforts you put into your exercise. Exercise is a fundamental part of any fitness and health plan, however it is only one of many tools used to help you reach your weight loss goals. It should be used as a way of turbo-charging your results once your nutrition is hitting on all cylinders.
One challenge for people when it comes to their food is that nutrition doesn’t appear nearly as fun or sexy as exercise. Today’s fitness industry is continuing to create new and exciting exercise regimens, equipment and monitoring systems while good old healthy whole foods plod along looking for more respect. The majority of people who have gym memberships, jog, swim, or cycle on a daily basis and those who use their own fitness equipment at home have a casual relationship with their nutrition plans. The irony is that if people spent as much time and money planning, preparing and eating their food as they do their exercise, the fitness industry would not have to work nearly as hard trying to convince people of the benefits of an active lifestyle. It would be self-evident.
So, take stock everyone. Make sure you are properly educated when starting any fitness and nutrition plan. All 3 of the mistakes outlined in this series can derail the best of programs. Placing so much emphasis on the scale is an oppressive and unbalanced approach to happiness. Believing that you need unwavering willpower without proper planning will lead to futility. Finally, if your nutrition takes a back seat to your exercise regime you will find progress comes painfully slow or not at all.
Be sure you are in the weight loss game with the proper mindset and skill set to ensure long term success and enduring health.
You are Champions! You deserve nothing but the best with your health.
Certified Nutrition Specialist, IBNFC
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist