Exercise for weight loss can seem complicated. There’s SO much information out there, and a lot of it is conflicting and not scientifically based

Terms like ‘turn the fat into muscle’, ‘muscle confusion’, and so on are designed to make you think you can’t possibly get it right with a simple programme.

Here are some of the most commonly made mistakes made by people trying to exercise for weight loss, and how to correct them.

1. You don’t have enough muscle

If you are trying to lose weight, but you’re weak and low on muscle-tissue, you would be well served to build up some strength (and therefore muscle) before going on a fat-loss plan.

Why? Because muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does, because you’ll look more toned when you’ve lost the weight, and because strong is far better than weak if you want to live a long and healthy life.

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My advice: Take three or four months to get stronger before you go on a serious diet. You’ll lose more weight, and look much better, too. I’m not talking about being a body builder – there’s a big step between being strong, and being ‘huge’.

Many women worry about getting ‘too big’ when they start weight training. Trust me when I say, it takes a massive amount of time, effort and a specialised programme to get ‘big’ like a body builder. I say this with the utmost respect, as it is basically a full-time profession and takes a lot of dedication.

For women who aren’t aiming for body builder status, doing a basic weight training programme in the gym will help you build strength and tone, it will not make you ‘huge’.

(BONUS: You’ll start to lose weight while getting strong, AND you’ll find out how amazing your body really is! Being ‘powerful’ physically helps make you more ‘powerful’ mentally, and it will help you stick to your diet and goals in the future).

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