Losing weight is an important reality for many people in order for the maintaining of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and a proper diet is one of the most commonly recommended ways of achieving this weight loss. Becoming more physically fit in order to maintain a healthier weight does seem very logical, however there are some noticeable pitfalls to avoid.
1) Over eating as a result of exercise
Now that you have begun to exercise, your body is craving more food. It is a simple case of your body adjusting. If you are serious about weight loss, rewarding yourself after a brisk bike ride may not be the best solution. The largest pitfall with exercising is that your body will begin to crave foods that are not conducive to losing weight. Snacking in the evening before bed feels good after an evening at the gym, but it is best if you can make the snack something light and healthy, and leave the heavier food until the next morning for breakfast. Starving yourself will not allow for enough energy to continue in the new active lifestyle. The triumph will occur when your body turns into a more efficient machine, craving more of the healthier food options.
2) Improper diet for the new lifestyle
Another pitfall is not changing your diet at all to match your new exercise rich lifestyle. Exercise requires more energy and protein than a sedentary lifestyle does. Doing a bit of research into how different foods will work with your new lifestyle could be extremely important. While it is good to lose weight, losing too much weight too fast while exercising can be very hard on your system. You should feel healthy and better due to exercising. Listening to your body can help lower injury to yourself due to exercise or malnutrition.
3) Strain due to exercise
A pitfall of exercise is straining oneself in an attempt to do too much too soon. When a person first starts to exercise after a period of no exercise, they are often too keen and will push themselves too far. Just because you can make it, doesn't mean you should. Working yourself to the point where you cannot move the next day will not help you get back into shape. As much as you will feel the most drive in the beginning, you would do well to remember that slow and steady will win this race. The triumph will be having a planned, slow, ascent into a healthy lifestyle.