You won’t burn it off in one workout

Just because Michael Phelps consumes 4,000 calories per meal during the Olympics doesn’t mean you can justify that donut before CrossFit class. Chances are you are you do not need extra calories like professional athletes.

Take the time to recalculate how many calories you are burning and taking in. Eating a high carb meal or calorically dense dinner will make sense for a professional athlete but does not make sense for someone hitting the gym 3 times a week.

Make healthier choices such as chicken, lean meats, vegetables. Avoid high carb meals like pasta or bread. It’s okay to have cheat days but make sure it is structured into your new lifestyle.


Eating wrong will lower performance

Not all calories are made the same. While soda and candy will give you that sugar high. The burst of energy will not be enough to sustain your workout. Not to mention your body needs nutrients and minerals to build itself up. Without the correct diet you will feel more tired after a workout than before a workout. This mistake will lead individuals to quit exercising.

Consuming large amounts of high fat junk food and preservative can disrupt your sleep cycle. This will make it even harder to wake up the next morning to hit the gym. When starting your diet always consult a professional. Use macro counters online to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of carbs, proteins, and fats.


You are not eating enough

Every body type is different; some diets will work for others and not for you. Keep in mind that a diet you might think is healthy can harm your body. Starving your body of calories is just as harmful as a high fat diet. Start off small and change your eating habits. Remove the junk food and replace it with fruits and veggies. According to the CDC, losing 1-2 pounds a week is healthy. Any more than that and you might be damaging your body.

1 pound is about 3,500 calories. If you reduce your caloric intake by 500-1000 calories a day, you will lose a healthy amount of weight.

You will not want to exercise

Diet and exercise works like a feedback loop. If you are eating well, you will be more encouraged to exercise and maintain your body. Unhealthy food choices will cause the opposite reaction. Your body will feel sluggish and slow. Mental fog will kick in and cause fatigue.

Plus, going to the gym in a bad mood and hungry is not motivating.

Toning your body will be more difficult

The body builds muscle under fat. Even though you are getting stronger and building muscles, it will be covered by a layer of fat if you are overweight. Some individuals will look larger after months of exercise because there is a new layer of muscle underneath the fat.

Keep your diet in check and the washboard abs will start to show.

More likely to get sick

The lack of nutrients and minerals will increase inflammation throughout the body. This will lead to a greater chance of illness and injuries. If you are constantly getting sick, it can really throw off your routine. This will lower the chance of building this new good habit.