Could your workout be sabotaging your weight loss?

Do you exercise often, eat well but still can’t shift those stubborn kilos? Try our tips.

Get serious

“A lot of people who decide they want to lose weight but aren’t really familiar with gym equipment might just go to the gym and do what other people are doing,” says fitness manager Kate Allott.
“If you’re serious about losing weight, it’s worth talking to a personal trainer to make sure you’re getting the right balance of cardio and weight training to burn calories, even while you’re at rest.”

Slow down

Believe it or not, it’s a fact that too much exercise can actually be bad for you!
“People who are trying to lose weight often overtrain, which sends their body into super-fatigue mode, where it produces too much cortisol and starts to shut down,” Kate points out.
“You need to get the right balance between training and resting the body so when you’re training, your body is in the optimal zone for burning calories and building muscle.”

Don’t starve yourself

Weight loss is 20% about exercise and 80% about nutrition.
“Make sure you’re eating the right amount of the right whole, fresh foods to fuel your body for training. If you’re not eating enough, your body will go into starvation mode, which slows down your metabolism and hinders weight loss.”

Mix it up

“I always encourage clients to vary their exercise routine,” tells Kate.
“If you keep your body guessing, you’ll reduce the risk of your weight plateauing. Allow the body to recover between heavy weight training sessions by walking, stretching or doing yoga – it’s vital if you want to see results.”

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