With rising obesity rates is fair to safe weight loss is one of the hardest challenges anyone will ever face, with a very high rate of failure unfortunately. So why is this?
Here are some tips that you probably won’t want to follow but let’s face it, what you’ve done in the past didn’t work:
- Stop focusing on results. Worrying about a pound or two isn’t going to help. Instead focus on the actions necessary. And have faith that if you consistently workout and eat healthy it’s going to work. Maybe not in a week, but if you stick to it for a year I have no doubt that it will.
- Match your eating habits to your workout habits. If you are working out a lot, you’re going to need more calories. Calories is energy to your body so the more you move the more you need. Calories is also the way your muscles recover and build which means exercise is the way to raise your metabolism to constantly be burning more calories every day. If you aren’t working out or barely even moving for that matter, your body really isn’t going to need very many calories at all. Unfortunately it’s our natural thought to starve ourselves when we’re working out and binge eat when we aren’t. Constantly be adjusting your calories to your activity level to avoid any big weight gains.
- Don’t ever take more than a couple of days off of exercising or dieting. We all know how hard it is to lose a few pounds, the trick is to make sure you never gain. That means there are no excuses to skip your workout. Trust me, if your life depended on it you’d figure it out. It doesn’t have to be your best workout, it doesn’t have to be a long workout. Just 20 minutes here and there will really add up.
- Don’t diet. Otherwise there’s just a matter of time before you fall off the wagon. Let’s face it, when you are dieting you’re looking for any reason to go off of it. Instead we just want small and moderated cheats here and there so that you never go off of the diet completely. Plan it ahead of time and make sure it fits into your calories for the day. Just make sure it’s never a lot of calories at one time. Your body will always gain weight if you eat more than a few hundred calories, it just doesn’t need more than that at any given time.
by Kristen Cole, Owner, Skinny Without Struggle™