A common mistake I’ve seen from many people I have trained with (from absolute beginners to those who are really very good). They want to know “The best thing for…”
With nearly two thirds of the UK population classed as overweight or worse, a very common goal in the gym is to “lose weight”. It is February, and the New Year influx has mostly died away now, but loads of people who joined to “lose weight” have unfortunately failed to do so. They are coming to the gym 3 times a week, their diet is “pretty healthy“…so what is going wrong? Here is one common reason…
1. Losing weight, or losing fat?
First of all, you need to decide if you want to lose weight, or if you want to lose bodyfat. Losing weight is simple. Just stop drinking any fluids (water etc) for a few days, or simply chop off a leg or two. I guarantee the scales will show you losing weight, but it is far from a healthy option! Losing bodyfat is equally simple and MUCH healthier! So I will go into a bit more detail about this. UPDATE: If you want to know more about the ways to measure your body weight or body fat levels, take a look at my 2 part article telling you all you need to know (Body Composition part 1 – Body Weight)
What do I need to eat?
There are 6 basic parts that are essential to a healthy diet. These are: