Avoid the crash diets or inconsistent workouts by sticking to a healthy eating plan and workout routine.
If you think you’re losing weight the healthy way by crash diets and/or inconsistent bursts of compulsive exercise, think again. Many people try to lose weight quickly and more often than not, it all comes back within the year.
Expect Gradual Changes
Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. Your body needs time to adjust to the changes you’re making—both physical and nutritional. Seeing gradual weight loss means you’re losing body fat as opposed to muscle weight. It’s recommended that the average person lose one to two pounds per week.
Just like any new challenge, start slow and easy with your exercise routine. You should begin to work your way up to whatever optimal exercise (frequency and intensity) is for you. Remember, everyone is different, so don’t base your fitness schedule on what others do. Two or three days a week for strength training and, at least, four or five days of aerobic exercise is a reasonable routine.
What Not To Do
When you’re aiming for weight loss, here are some tips for managing your numbers correctly:
- Refer to your body fat percentage or girth measurements rather than the scale.
- Don’t be afraid to mix it up.. While it’s important to keep your overall exercise schedule consistent, you don’t have to do the same workouts each time.
- If you are not feeling a challenge, step up your intensity level. Your ultimate goal is to reach a high intensity level of exercise while remaining in control and safe.
- Proper nutrition and exercise work in tandem. You have to have both to successfully lose weight and stay healthy.
Good luck with your weight loss journey and remember to stay on a healthy path to there!
Health and happiness,
==Kriss Brooks is a nationally known fitness consultant, personal trainer, and motivational speaker. She is also the owner of Options For Fitness.