Weight Loss Tips

Are you a beginner to exercise, or someone who struggles to keep up with an exercise and a health regime for more than a week or two? There are a lot of people just like you, which is why put together here are some tips that will help you to stay on track and get you on your way to success.

1. First visualise how you want to look and think about the accomplishment of your goals each and every day. Setting a goal of what you want to look like will help you to get better results and get you keen to reach your weight loss target.

2. Look for inspiration around the internet or in magazines to find other people in a similar situation to you. The whole sense of “if they can do it, then I can do it” will kick in and you will start feeling better about exercise and losing weight.

3. Push the intensity of your workouts, and burn calories by maintaining a challenging intensity for as long as possible. Some people find it hard to run for long periods of time, however it has been proven that doing high intensity spurts of exercise in-between lower intensity exercise (counted as your rest periods) will get your heart rate up and help you to lose more weight than doing lower intensity exercise for longer periods of time.

4. Eat a little less and reduce your calorie intake. A lot of the time the reason why it can be hard for someone to lose weight is that they are eating too much throughout the day and they are not burning the amount of calories they eat a day doing their day to day activities. Using smaller plates at meal times will help you to reduce your intake. By having your food on a small plate you are likely to think you are having a bigger meal than you actually are. The key is to stop eating when you are full up. If you are one to eat all of your food really quickly then get into the habit of putting your knife and fork down between each mouthful of food.

5. Get into a routine of doing your exercise and ensure you stick to the days you have chosen to work out on. It is not realistic to say you will work out every day or every other day when you are just starting a new fitness regime. Sometimes you get the “ill go and make up for it tomorrow” feeling and find you do not push yourself as hard as you could. Instead create a couple of days in the week where you know you will do the exercise on that day. This will help you to resist the temptation to take days off.

6. The best way to ensure you exercise is to workout with a partner. This can be a friend, a female personal trainer or exercising in big groups of people. Exercising with a friend will give you a chance to compete with each other by setting goals for you both to reach together. This encourages you to lose weight and hit targets together. Personal trainers will push you to your maximum, help with your nutrition and set you a personalised weight loss regime specifically for you. Exercising in groups can be a lot of fun, and is a good cardio workout as an extra to your other exercise plans. Find a fitness class to help get you into exercise and a healthier lifestyle.

7. Drink as much water as you can throughout your day. Sometimes you may think that you feel hungry, when really you just need a drink. The best way to make sure you drink enough water every day is to carry a water bottle around with you, opting for water rather than calorie-filled beverages. This simple action is extremely beneficial, it helps with hydration, skin and will make you feel better in yourself.

8. Maintain a higher metabolism by eating a healthy snack or meal every three hours. This food should be unprocessed, low in fat and high in fibre. Fruit is one of the best things to eat as a healthy snack, and green tea is a healthy beverage that will help to raise your metabolic rate, making you burn more calories throughout the day.

9. Eat the right foods and stay away from processed foods. Processed food tends to be high in empty calories and contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. Fat contains twice the caloric density of carbohydrates and protein, so try to limit the amount you consume. Filling your diet with lean protein and carbohydrates from plants and whole grains will give you the right type of nutrition you need.

10. Challenge your body with different workouts. Your body can get used to doing the same exercise after three to four weeks, so it is always good to try and mix your exercise up a bit and work out with different/heavier weights, or do a different cardiovascular activity.

11. Set specific, measurable goals. Weigh yourself weekly at the same time. This will give you a better measurable result than if you weighed yourself on a day to day basis. You may find that you do not lose weight straight away but you will definitely see measurable results from a tape measure. Take photographs to help you to notice and see the changes in your body shape.

Hit your weight loss goal with a personal trainer who will be able to help you to reach your target goal.

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