Whomever said that losing weight was easy either didn’t need to do it or was in complete denial! Sure things like having a high metabolism and even genetics can play a direct role in how fast (and how much) weight you lose over a period of time. But overall, if you’re out to shed some pounds, there is no secret trick. You’re going to need to disciple yourself. You’re going to need to be consistent with your methods. Most importantly, you’re going to need to be patient.
There are some failsafe methods that you can apply to make the weight loss process less stressful. According to some of the top trainers and nutritionists around the globe, here are six rules that you must keep in order to take some of those inches off sooner than later.
Working out not only helps you to burn calories and fat, it’s also the best way to keep your body nice and toned. Some people workout five days a week. But if that’s way more than you can even process doing, stick with three. 30-45 minutes three days a week should help to keep you in good shape. It needs to be a combination of cardio and strength training. Learn more about what’s best for your body type
Don’t overwhelm yourself
Someone once said that too much of a virtue is a vice. One way this applies is exercise. Working out too much can leave you exhausted and dehydrated. Not to mention that it can put way too much wear and tear on your body. So, what are the signs that you’re exercising too much for your own good? Aside from the ones we just mentioned, if you’re in pain, if you feel worse instead of better following your workouts or you’re anxious instead of calm, slow it down. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was the ideal body that you’re after.
Watch what you eat. AND DRINK.
It’s pretty counterproductive to work out while still eating a ton of junk. Or even to cook at home, but prepare nothing but carbs and foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar content. Stick to fresh fruits and veggies and lean meats. Snack on healthy foods (click
here for a list). Try not to eat late at night (when your metabolism is slower). And definitely watch what you drink. Sodas should be a no-no (have some mineral or seltzer water and fruit juice instead). Also pay attention to how much juice consume. That has sugar and calories in it too. Some people easily drink 1000-1500 calories a day without even noticing.
Have an accountability partner
If you’re a self-motivator, that’s awesome! A lot of people aren’t. But you still might want to get a workout partner. It can make the time go by faster while you’re exercising. Plus, they can offer you the encouragement that you need in order to reach your goals. At the very least, let someone know what your plans are. They can check in on you to prove moral support
and to celebrate you when you lose the weight that you want.
Do what you enjoy
Do you hate to exercise? It might be because you hate what you’re doing. Not everyone likes to walk on treadmills or even go to the gym. Maybe spinning, swimming, hiking or yoga would be more your speed. The key is to find something that will get your heart pumping and some sweat dripping that won’t feel like a chore. Look for a form of exercise that’s actually fun (for you).
Get some sleep
Sleep is how your body rehabilitates itself. You need to get 6-8 hours every night. It will decrease your stress levels, improve your memory, give you more energy, make you more productive, and it will help your body to heal from the exercising you did the day before. It also helps your metabolism to remain healthy and balanced (essential for weight loss).
Do these things and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your weight loss goals. Just remember to be patient with the process. And have fun with it too!