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5 Weight Loss Trigger Mistakes for Women
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





In years of working with people who were interested in losing weight, I've seen five common weight loss trigger mistakes that many of them make. These mistakes often prevent women from being successful in their weight loss efforts. If you can avoid these, you'll greatly increase your chances of success at weight loss.

Mistake #1 - Not taking the time to plan and prepare your meals and snacks, and your exercise time. This is a critical mistake and one that the vast majority of people make.

Mistake #2 - Not exercising everyday. Do some type of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, swimming, stationary cycling, aerobic dancing, etc.) on a DAILY basis (preferably in the morning) for 30 to 60 minutes!

Mistake #3 - Not weight training consistently. Tone your muscles with weight training three days per week. Toned muscles look great and they *supercharge* your metabolism causing you to burn more calories 24 hours a day! This should be done just after your aerobic exercise session so that your muscles are warm and supple and less prone to injury.

Mistake #4 - Expecting the scale to drop quickly, and thus becoming discouraged when it doesn't. You have to commit to consistently doing the right things and it will happen. So many people give-up in frustration after just a few weeks, when they may have been on the brink of seeing some real progress. Progress is very motivating - don't quit!

Mistake #5 - Believing that they should exercise in the "fat-burning zone." You've probably heard it, "you have to exercise at a lower intensity to burn more fat.. to get in the fat-burning zone." guess what, it's a myth! Here's how it got started. Your body is always "burning" a mixture of carbohydrates and fat for fuel. This mixture tends to contain a little more fat during lower intensity exercise. Somebody took this to mean that a lower intensity workout was best for losing weight.. not so! It all comes from the same "pot". It doesn't matter if you're burning a little more fat or a little more carbohydrate at any particular time in your fuel mix. It all comes from the same calorie pool. The bottom line is, how many calories are you burning.

Moderate intensity exercise actually burns more calories in a given time period. For example, you may burn 200 calories during a 30 minute low intensity exercise session and 300 calories during a 30 minute moderate intensity exercise session. Bottom line.. burning more calories is better for weight loss. Moderate intensity exercise increases your basal metabolic rate (BMR) more than lower intensity exercise. This means that you'll burn more calories 24 hours-a-day. Here's the one I like! Moderate intensity exercise gives you a better "high"! You know, the "exercise high" you get when your body releases endorphins and adrenaline. This can really elevate your mood and is great for people who are depressed.

Avoid these five mistakes and you'll be on your way to weight loss and fitness success!




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