At the beginning of 2016 I was weighing 285lbs. I knew I needed to change my health habits, but I didn’t know where to start.
I wanted to lose weight and build muscle at the same time. A lot of people out there think you either have to lose weight OR build muscle. That is simply not true.
In this blog post I will share with you the most important things I have learned about losing body fat and keeping yourself committed.
Before I started losing weight I was making quite a few mistakes. I want to share with you the three most harmful mistakes I made.
Not Counting Calories
By not taking control of my energy intake, I was accumulating fat. I had absolutely no idea how much food I was consuming throughout the day and therefore had no way to gauge it.
Today I am taking calorie counting seriously, and I have noticed that every week that I don’t achieve my goals are the weeks I forget to count calories.
Counting calories is the best way to understand how much energy you are actually consuming on a daily basis.
I recommend to use MyFitnessPal so you can keep track of your calories and nutrition.
Not setting weekly goals
When I started trying to lose weight I wouldn’t set goals for myself. I just wanted to burn fat fast. That is a huge mistake. By setting realistic goals you can keep yourself accountable for your decisions taken during the week.
By keeping track of your goals you also keep track of your progress. If you seem to be slowing down it means you need to make a few changes to your strategy.
I have had months where I would burn a lot of body fat, but I also had a few months where I got too lazy to count calories and go to the gym, resulting in little to no change. This can sometimes be very harmful to your progress.
Always set your goals and track your progress! I personally use a whiteboard to set my goal weight by specific dates, you can use a calculator to keep track and project your goals. Personally I use this.
Not taking care of my nutrition
This is by far my biggest mistake; you can lose so much weight effortlessly (but not quickly) by simply changing your diet.
When I started the ketogenic diet I started feeling less hungry and also started burning body fat more efficiently.
Before the ketogenic diet I was trying to eat as much fiber and protein as possible, with little to no fat. And that was actually bad for me as I was always consuming carbs instead of fat, carbs cause cravings and that by itself it the most destructive mistake you can do when trying to lose weight.
I could have reached my goals a long time ago if I had started to cultivate my knowledge of my body and my discipline.
There is no magical solution here; you have to do the work.