Mistake #6 You overdo the low-intensity cardio
At first, this might seem contradictory to the previous post where we advise you to train more intensely, but it is actually not. The key part is that cardio training is not actually resistance training. It is located on the other end of the fitness spectrum since it is concerned with a completely different aspect of fitness itself. You wouldn’t expect to get the same results from walking on the treadmill for two hours as you would get from an hour-long intense heavy lifting.
If you really want to reap the rewards of cardio training, do some full-body workouts involving multiple muscle groups and keep your rest intervals short. When you engage your entire body and shorten the rest intervals, not only will you challenge your muscular system, you will also challenge your cardiovascular system. That’s a concept some would call training economy.
Mistake #7 You’re way too stressed
You might have heard that stress is a silent killer. When responding to stressful situations or environments, your body releases cortisol that is way above and beyond the normal threshold. When cortisol levels are chronically elevated they can cause increased storage of body fat and multiple other unwanted outcomes. You can have both your training and diet and check but if you are subject to too much stress, your fat-loss goals will be far harder to achieve.
The simplest advice would be to try to relax. However, in most of the cases that is easier said than done. You could try various relaxation techniques that could make a huge difference in your overall health and a big impact on your body. Examples include yoga, reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, seeing a movie or just meditating for 20 minutes.
Mistake #8 You don’t get enough sleep
The same as stress, being deprived of sleep also raises your cortisol levels, which is another big fat-loss mistake. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep, your cells’ insulin sensitivity drops. When you combine both of these things, the environment in your body is becoming completely detrimental to fat-loss.
In order to achieve your fitness goals, you should put a high priority on getting enough sleep. A wild night out, filled with booze, passing out for a few hours, then going to work the next day isn’t exactly something your body will react positively to. You should aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Some helpful strategies you should utilize are turning off all your electronic devices before going to bed, avoid drinking caffeine in the late hours or just create an all-around relaxing atmosphere before hitting the sack.