We all make mistakes – some more than others – but really, mistakes are just a part of life. When it comes to trying to get in shape, well I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t made some pretty appalling health and fitness mistakes in the past *cough* post-workout KFC *cough*
While mistakes are never great, the value of mistakes comes when we are able to learn from our errors. However, if you are like me and refuse to actually spend money on a personal trainer, it can be hard to even realise that what you are doing is wrong.
With all the cheapskates of the world in mind, Byrdie enlisted the help of a few expert personal trainers to find out what mistakes they actually want us to stop making, and best of all, how to avoid making these mistakes again.
1. STOP GOING HUNGRY AT NIGHT
“The myth of late-night eating contributing to the storage of excess fat has been disproven time and time again over the last decade. As long as some type of muscle-building activity is performed a few times throughout the week, eating a large dinner or having a snack before bed is perfectly fine if the overall amount of calories within the day is consistent from one day to the next.” — Grant Weeditz
2. STOP AVOIDING CARBS
“I want my clients to stop thinking that low-carb dieting and high-intensity workouts are a perfect mix—more like a Molotov cocktail. Carbs are your body’s first resource for energy, so cutting them and doing high-intensity (energy) training is the opposite of what should be happening. Carbs are great for your body. It’s more about how much you’re taking in and how much you’re utilising them.” —Kellie Sikoroski
3. STOP SKIPPING PROTEIN
“Never eat a meal or snack without a major source of protein. It will convert to fat within hours after consumption without exercise. A banana, toast, and coffee do not qualify as breakfast.”—Grant Weeditz
4. STOP BEING LATE
“I would love for my clients to stop coming in late. If they miss the warm-up that I have in the beginning of class or beginning of a personal client, they are more prone to injury, which ultimately will disable them from working out altogether for a while.” —Sam Karl
5. STOP CRASH DIETING
“Stop detoxing, juicing, and fad-dieting. These weight-loss attempts are inherently unsustainable and unbalanced in their approach. Most lack a major component of the human diet that is required for us to operate normally from day to day. No-carb diets will cause you to feel awful and have zero energy. Juicing lacks the protein necessary to maintain and build muscle. A detox often forces you to eat or drink the same things every day for a period of time. Generally, these programs are forms of starvation that contribute to only small decreases in body mass, with even less significant decreases coming from fat mass. The biggest problem begins once these programs cease and the previous poor eating habits resume, often causing a regression back to square one.” — Grant Weeditz