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Weight Lifting - One Hundred Days - 044


the Gannet colony at Muriwai. When did 'gannet' become a term for consuming too much? Do they really?
the Gannet colony at Muriwai. When did 'gannet' become a term for consuming too much? Do they really?

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the New Zealand Herald has published a little article from the UK's Daily Mail citing the 10 most common mistakes people make when dieting. Most are common sense, but since when did that play any part in trying to lose weight!?

Top of the list is eating 'low fat' and 'diet labelled' food. Registered dietician Nichola Whitehead, who came up with the list says a healthy biscuit is still a biscuit and may contain as many calories and as much sugar as a standard version. Check ingredients lists & focus on eating wholefoods. Avoiding weights in favour of cardio. Weight lifting or resistance training can help boost metabolic rate, increase muscle mass and promote fat loss, including belly fat. Not sure I'm doing enough of this. An hour on the treadmill over a shorter high intensity routine. I've discussed variable intensity interval training before… Not enough sleep. Sleep more than 7 or 8 hours a night & you consume less calories. Setting unrealistic goals. Well, I think I've done that! Luckily, I'm not focused on the goal of 20Kgs loss, more the journey.

A key one is focusing on weight loss rather than fat loss. Muscle is much denser than fat, so as your definition improves you may even be putting on weight. Luckily, I've been photographing myself each week & it's actually the results in these that keeps me motivated. No, you can't see them! Not drinking enough water. Water helps you to stay in tune with your true hunger signals (and helps fill you up). Weighing yourself too often. Don't! Once a day, after you get up & before breakfast is enough. Eating too little is an interesting one. Our bodies do not like being hungry & if we don't consume enough calories, our bodies can start to slow down to conserve energy. And the final mistake is not eating enough protein. Our bodies require protein daily & if we don't eat enough of it then our lean muscle mass may suffer. Wise words & well worth paying attention to.

So, apart from the fact that you have to stop eating like a gannet to lose weight, rise up above the morass of clamouring information & clarify for yourself the plan you have & how you are going to implement it and, most importantly… why.

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