We all make mistakes. That's what makes us human. However, it's always better to learn from someone else's mistake than to do one by yourself.
So, today I am going to tell you about a few mistakes that almost every guy makes when he starts his fitness journey. Make sure you learn from it and avoid committing these small yet significant mistakes:1. Training Without Guidance
With tons of information available on the internet, it is becoming difficult to identify what to follow and what not. I don't need to mention the huge number of 'bro science' experts out there who give random advice based on their own pseudo-science.
Your search for any random topic on health and fitness and the search results are flooded with all kinds of opinion. You will find a contradicting opinion about the same topic too.
So how would you make out the difference and how would you choose what's best for you? Well, you let an expert do that for you.
Exercise science and nutrition principles cannot be learnt overnight. So it's better to hire someone who is qualified to do it for you. If you are a beginner I would strongly recommend beginning your fitness journey under a good coach who can guide you according to your fitness goals. Otherwise, you will end up watching videos like '6 packs in 30 days' and then blame your genes for everything.2. Taking Too Many Supplements
I get so many queries over the internet from beginners that which supplement shall they start with. Well, the answer is none.
Aggressive marketing from supplement manufacturers has made people believe that you cannot achieve your desired level of fitness without supplements. This is not true. In fact, no matter how many supplements you take, they will work only when your food intake is on point.
Also, you can achieve very good physique or fitness levels without any kind of supplementation too. It's just how smartly you program your diet and workout. Beginners fall prey to the trainers in their gym and start taking useless supplements like Glutamine, fat burners, mass gainers and what not. Trust me, if you invest the same amount in natural foods or in hiring a good coach, you will get better results.3. Starving In The Name Of Dieting
Another misconception that generally beginners have is that they need to starve in order to get in shape. They would leave chapati, rice, egg yolk, fruits, milk and whatever else out there which is absolutely nutritious.
I have seen people coming up to me and telling me that they were consuming around 1000 calories a day in order to lose fat. The desperation to lose fat leads to such a drastic calorie deficit.
However, you need to understand you won't become lean overnight by reducing your calories to such extreme levels. In fact, it is going to be unhealthy in the long run and may even lead to a risk of deficiencies and metabolic slowdown.
If someone tells you that you need to cut down your calories to such a drastic extent that just means that he is naïve in terms of his knowledge of nutrition. If you are working out at least 5 days a week and maintaining a deficit or around 500 calories, you can easily achieve better results than by being malnourished.
Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/