There is a lot of information people have access to reading. Not all of it is very accurate, but some is. Healthy people follow as much reputable information as they are able to find, yet take it the wrong way or pick some articles that sound plausible, yet are missing a bit of validity. When there are deficiencies in what they find or how they interpret it, several things can happen as a result: fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, weight gain or plateau for a long time, loss of or missed periods in women of childbearing age, and unusual health issues. When healthy people make mistakes, it can cost them their health. I will be sharing these mistakes adding a new one daily, so check back to read a new one. Here are some of the mistakes healthy people make, the reason it is a mistake, and how to correct it:
Mistake #1 Healthy People Make: Limiting calorie intake to 1,000-1,200 calories per day.
Why this is a mistake: Most people starve their bodies this way. They also tend to neglect vital nutrients.
Fix: Have a fitness professional figure out the calorie intake per day for your age, gender, height and activity level.
Mistake #2 Healthy People Make: deleting a whole food group.
Why this is a mistake: We need all of the food groups for proper body function.
Fix: Reduce and spread out the high calorie food groups like carbs and fats (plant-based).
An exception would be vegan: be sure to get the right combinations needed for complete proteins.
Mistake #3 Healthy People Make: Working out too much and/or at an intensity that overtaxes the body causing injury or symptoms of overtraining; the more the better mentality does more harm than good. More than 2 hours of training 5 days a week takes a person into athletic conditioning. Are you really ready for that?
Why it's a mistake: if the person is newer to exercise, they are at tremendous risk for injury. If they have been working out for a while, they could get stress fractures. However, they tend to feel exhausted all the time, flu-like symptoms, and lack luster.
The fix: Understand that aerobics and strength training combined aid in weight loss. Try a different format of exercise or different classes at your gym. Hire a trainer for a while to help you make healthy productive changes and help you look at your overall workout schedule.
Mistake #4 Healthy People Make: Forgetting that age does make a difference! These 50+ people think they can do what the 20-somethings do with no ill effects.
Why this is a mistake: Although a healthy diet and exercise does make it so people can be very active way into old age, the translation and transcription process of DNA still causes the body to age, meaning that 50+ people are more prone to injury and joint damage.
Fix: Consider the long-term consequences of plyometrics and heavy weights. The joints are likely to tell you when it is too late. Alternate these with lighter exercise bouts. If you are really sore after a workout, lay off that type of exercise until soreness is gone.
Mistake #5 Healthy People Make: Expecting everyone they know to work out and eat the way they do.
Why this is a mistake: when healthy people do this, they find themselves by themselves. Not everyone has the same goals or outlook on exercise and diet. Not everyone needs what you have or do. Not everyone is ready for exercise and dietary changes.
Fix: Make friends with people who share your zeal for living healthy to work out with and share recipes. Save time for friends who have other shared interests. Set the example with a loving, understanding attitude for family and friends who aren't there with you in your adventure.
I am certain there are more, but I don't want to copy someone else's work. Instead, these are a sample of what I have encountered working in health and fitness.