See Common Exercise Mistakes You Make

See Common Exercise Mistakes You Make

So what makes one weight loss workout plan effective and another one fail? There could be a number of factors involved. But in many cases, the cause can be traced to one of these blunders, Verywell reports.

If you've been struggling to shed a few pounds and your exercise plan isn't yielding any results, see if you are making one of these common workout mistakes.

Don't Do the Same Workout Day After Day

It's not a bad thing to exercise every day, and it's not necessarily a bad thing to do the same workout everyday to maintain heart health. But if you want to lose weight, repeating the same workout mode, intensity, or duration day after day won't work. Why? Your body adjusts to the daily workload and you hit the dreaded weight loss plateau.

Don't Compensate by Eating More

When you add exercise to your daily routine, you are likely to become more hungry than usual and want to eat more. Dealing with that hunger can be an uphill battle, because there is often a little voice inside your head that says, "I can eat whatever I want because I exercised today."

That rationale makes sense. But if you are trying to lose weight with exercise, you need to achieve a specific calorie deficit at the end of the day. If you satisfy your post-exercise hunger with high calorie foods or even with too much healthy food, you'll end up replacing all of the calories you burned. Then, your calorie deficit and your potential weight loss disappears.

Don't Decrease Non-Exercise Physical Activity

It's great if you go to the gym every day and complete a killer workout - unless the payoff is that you spend the rest of the day on the couch. If you compensate for your workout by decreasing the amount of non-exercise physical activity that you do during the day, your total daily caloric expenditure may end up being the same as if you hadn't gone to the gym at all.

Avoid Using Supplements and Sports Drinks

Do you refuel during or after your workout with sports drinks or bars? If so, you're probably erasing the calorie deficit that you just earned. In some cases, athletes need sports drinks, but for most exercisers water is the best choice for hydration. And your post workout diet supplement is probably not helping either. There are hundreds of products on the market and, sadly, most of them do nothing but make empty promises and drain your wallet.

Regardless of your size, exercise should always be a part of your daily routine. You'll experience countless health benefits if you participate in physical activity every day. But if you are engaging in a workout program specifically to lose weight you need to be especially careful to optimize your plan to meet that goal. Make just a few small adjustments, avoid these common mistakes, and you're more likely to see the results on the scale.

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