1. Prioritizing Exercise Over Nutrition
The fuel you put into your body is as important as the effort you put forth during workouts. I’ve had clients tell me they exercise so they can get away with cheating on their diet. While this may be true to an extent, you can’t make significant progress with this philosophy. You can’t ‘out-exercise’ poor nutrition, ‘diet’ will always win over-exercise. Nutrition accounts for over 80% of your training results. Yes, exercise burns calories, but why waste your hard work and sweat on burning through extra calories when a little discipline could yield meaningful change?
2. Consuming Sports Nutrition Products
Sports supplements market themselves as being healthy and diet-friendly. However, they are designed for active athletes and not for the every-day individual. Generally, these products pack a high-calorie punch and are full of carbohydrates. Although they may help boost athletic performance, any product full of carbs will hinder your training results if you are trying to stay lean and tone.
When you exercise after consuming an excessive amount of carbohydrates, your body will use the carbohydrates from your bloodstream to fuel your workouts. Any carbohydrates not used as fuel during your workouts are then stored as fat. As a result, you will never get to the fat-burning potential of your fitness routine.
3. Drinking Away Your Fitness
The fourth common mistake that can destroy your diet is drinking too much alcohol. Consuming alcohol in large quantities directly influences your metabolism, causing fat storage instead of an available energy source. Most of your hard work and sweat in the gym are going towards burning through the alcohol by-products consumed the night before; while sugar and fat just hang around waiting to be burned or stored.
Alcohol contains 7 ‘empty’ calories per gram, meaning that these calories don’t provide you with any of the essential nutrients you need to build the muscle mass you desire. Not only does alcohol contain empty calories, but it also lowers your inhibitions and your willpower — so you’re more likely to break your rules and go for an unhealthy snack or fast food. It’s not an urban myth that people head for the curry house or kebab shop when they’ve had a few beers!