Common mistakes


Whether you’re new to the gym or have been going for years, there are some mistakes that gym-goers make time and time again.

If you’ve reached a plateau in your progress or you’re just not getting where you want to be fast enough, there’s a good chance you need to change your approach.


We all tend to repeat the things we like doing, so it’s no wonder that once we find a workout that suits us we stick to it. However, this may not not be doing you any favours.

Try changing your your programme after about 4-6 weeks to avoid getting into a pattern that stops producing results. Try using a machine you’ve never used before, or if you usually stick to cardio then add in some weights or a body pump class.


You’ve been eating lots of reduced fat products specially designed for weight loss but are still finding it hard to lose weight?

Reduced fat foods often have a very high sugar content to make them more palatable. Try swapping reduced fat products for unprocessed, low GI alternatives. These result in a more steady, balanced insulin release, making fat easier to burn and less likely to be stored.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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