Simple Tips for Fat Loss
The fitness industry is full of people that will make all sorts of crazy promises just to make money.
It frustrates me that “professionals” prey on people’s sore spots.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many who do have integrity and refrain from unethical practices, but sadly many people don’t know how to tell the difference.
You cannot lose 20 lbs in a week, get a six pack in 10 days or get thin thighs with one or two exercises.
Want to lose belly fat?
Want slimmer thighs and a smaller waist?
You can have it all! But it takes work and realistic expectations.
First of all, you can’t spot reduce. Those exercises may help tone your thighs, but they won’t be any thinner unless you lose body fat.
Want a six pack? You’re going to have to lose body fat overall, and that takes time.
I’m not trying to be negative or discouraging.
I know the frustration and I want to see people reach their goals.
I really do!
It involves following a program, or as I prefer to call it, a lifestyle of balanced eating and regular exercise.
For now, here are a few tips I have. Changes you can make to get you on your way to a slimmer you.
Eat breakfast. Always. You need to fuel your fire for the day. People think that by skipping breakfast they are reducing their overall calories. Guess what? Skipping meals puts your body into starvation mode which slows your metabolism.
Eat a breakfast of protein and healthy fats to optimize your fat burning potential. Try an omelette of egg whites with a whole egg and some fresh chopped green veggies or spinach. If you are a carb lover, stick to complex carbs such as oatmeal.
Hit the weights. Ladies, lifting weights will not make you bulky! It takes a very long time and a specific program to build significant muscle. An increase in lean muscle mass not only increases your metabolism but will give you body a leaner, toned look. Short on time? A functional 20-minute routine will be more beneficial than an a half effort hour on a machine.
Slow and steady. It’s a marathon, not a race. Slower, steady weight loss is easier to maintain then rapid weight loss. Studies have shown that those who lose weight rapidly are much more likely to regain it.
Water. Water. Water. Staying well hydrated keeps hunger in check and helps flush out the toxins as you lose weight.
Get your protein. Protein helps you build and maintain lean muscle mass and keeps you fuller longer. Most women don’t get anywhere near the required amount of protein (plant or animal based, it doesn’t matter).
Curb the cocktails! Watch the excess calories and sugar in your favorite drinks. You think that only having a drink or two is harmless but that adds up over time and alcohol slows your metabolism. Try to limit the number of days a week you are consuming alcohol.
These are just a few tips for you to keep in mind. I don’t believe in dieting and haven’t “dieted” I years yet I’m in the best shape of my life. I believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
If a promise sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Stay away from fad diets and gimmicks. They can be dangerous, and they certainly are a waste of time and money.
Small, sensible tweaks to your habits can make a bigger impact than you think.