Everyone makes these mistakes. I even still make them. Don’t try to fix them all at once. They’re a lifestyle change and will happen over time. But by fixing these common mistakes, you will definitely notice changes within your body and over time, will result in fat loss.

  1. Pigging Out On Weekends

I know this one all too well, and I actually still do it! It is a hard one to break, especially when you’ve been really healthy all week and feel like you need a treat. Eating well and then blowing it all on the weekend can completely undo all of your hard work, and we don’t want that.

I suggest allowing yourself to have one cheat meal, rather than eating anything you want on the weekend. If you’ve got plans with friends, make your cheat meal for then. Eat absolutely whatever you want, but for one meal only.

fat loss2. Eating In Front Of The TV

This can cause you to seriously over eat so avoid it at all costs. Make sure you eat each meal and even all of your snacks at the table. Prepare your food and put in on your plate. Pack away all the leftovers before you eat so you are not tempted to go back for more. If it’s a snack such as nuts, grab the amount you need and then put the rest away immediately.

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3. Skipping Meals

It may seem like a good idea at the time, but is actually hindering your weight loss. It messes with your body’s ability to control appetite, meaning that you will likely overeat at your next meal. It is better for appetite if you eat regularly so don’t skip any meal or snack, especially if you are hungry. Don’t starve yourself, because that will only cause your body to hold on to more fat.

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4. Eating Too Quickly

It takes 20 minutes or so for your body to realize that you are full. If you have finished your meal in 10 minutes, you will think you’re still hungry and want to eat more, resulting in you over eating. Take time, slow down and enjoy your meal. You will also be able to eat slowly if you aren’t famished, so as per number 3, don’t skip any meals.

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5. Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol contains more calories than carbs and protein, and provides absolutely no nutrients. Plus the mixers that come with alcohol are often sugary and full of empty calories. Having a few drinks at night or having a big night out on the weekend can completely ruin all of your hard work due to the excess calories. And what’s more, any food that you eat while or after drinking will be stored as fat, as your body will burn off the alcohol first. If you’re really serious about your health and weight loss, you will cut out the alcohol altogether, or at least significantly reduce it. I know people say that a glass of red wine is good for you and has antioxidants, but you’d be just as good having some grapes.

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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