It’s easy to assume that you have to hit the gym hard in order to lose weight.
But surprisingly, you could be doing more harm than good by over-exerting yourself.
In a recent YouTube video, fitness expert Georgie Stevenson urged fitness fans to give themselves plenty of rest time.
Here are the social media star’s words of wisdom.
Georgie, who is famous for her fitness posts on Instagram, spoke about gym mistakes.
While she praised the benefits of high intensity interval training, she warned her fans not to overdo it.
An excess of cardio and weight training can lead to injury. Draining all your energy may also lead to your body clinging onto fat, preventing you from slimming down.
The 24-year-old added that it also “affects your mood and hormones making you so moody”.
Corey Calliet, personal trainer to the stars, shares a similar ethos.
He explained that pushing yourself too hard can have negative impacts.
The fitness fan said: “Most commonly, it’s ego lifting – they try to go heavy, do too much and end up injuring themselves.
“It’s best to understand the capacity of your body and build your strength, stamina and endurance and eventually you will be at the point where you can lift heavier, run faster and so on.”
Looking for more weight loss tips?
Here are three more ways to slim down without hitting the gym hard:
1. Drink up
It’s one of the oldest rules in the dieting book but drinking water really does help you slim down.
People often think they’re hungry when they are just thirsty so next time you feel like snacking reach for the tap first.
Sipping water can help you feel full and some experts reckon you should down a glass before you eat a meal.
2. Eat more often
Having lots of light meals throughout the day can help keep your hunger pangs at bay.
Frequent grazing can also boost your energy, lift your mood and speed up your metabolism – because digesting burns calories.
Try to squeeze in an average of five small, healthy meals each day.
3. Size matters
Control the size of your portions to easily cut calories. Even “healthy” foods such as brown rice, wholemeal bread, chicken and fish can make you gain weight if you’re scoffing too much.
Before you start cooking, it’s a good idea to weigh out your food groups so you aren’t tempted to over-eat.
Try serving yourself a third less than you would usually eat.
This could reduce your intake by about 500 calories each day.
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