As a personal trainer I have been asked a lot of questions from clients and one of the most common question I get is "what is the best way for me to lose weight?". The problem with today is not the lack of information but the massive influx of information. People have so many misconceptions about weight loss; what kind of diet do I do, what are the best exercises or workout routines do I do and etc. People today are confused on how weight loss works and I don't blame them. There's so many information and products around, just go to a site like amazon and type in weight loss and you will have approximately about 148,295 results.
So how do people know whats the best way to lose weight? I can tell you that from scientific studies that interval training is one of the best ways to help you burn fat or that studies in low carb diets have shown to help increase in the aid of fat loss but I won't tell you that they are the best. The best way for you to lose weight is whatever gets you out of that door and into the gym and whatever it takes to help improve your diet.
People make the mistake and assume that once they figure the best and efficient way to lose weight that it will be a cake walk. The problem is that becoming fit and healthy is a marathon and not a sprint. So the best diet and exercise for you to begin your weight loss journey is the one you are willing to commit to for the longest time. It will be a lot of trial and error figuring things out, so be patient and be forgiving to yourself, you will make mistakes that is to be expected. There is no one way to being fit, so try out different exercises to see which ones you enjoy and can see yourself doing such as; weight training, cardio boxing, zuma or maybe pilates. Do research and see which ones sound fun to you.
So now that we covered what to expect from exercise, how about diets? No matter how great you exercise, if your diet is not on par with your goals then you are not going to be seeing results. Diets require the most discipline, so no more after workout lattes or after work fast food binges just because you worked out hard and "deserve it". If you are serious about cutting that fat then you will need to cut the calories. Here is some math to help you lose weight; 3500 calories equals 1 lb so if we subtract 3500 calories per week from your diet then a weight loss of 1 lb per week is achieved. So subtract 500 calories per day to achieve the 3500 calorie weekly deficit.
Over the years I have seen people try out the most insane diets just to lose those extra pounds; from liquid diets, the starvation diet, and other wacky ideas. If they are lucky the new diet may work for a few weeks but then people will be disappointed when the pounds come creeping back. This is because eventually you'll go back to your old eating habits, once your goals are achieved. The problem with these crash diets are that they weren't meant to last long, you aren't going to be sipping your meals from a straw for the rest of your life or are you going to want to starve yourself forever. Keep your Weight loss simple, such as modifying your current diet instead of doing something completely new.
Here are some quick tips on how to modify your current diet:
Spacing out and Eating smaller portions
Substitute for healthier alternatives, for example instead of beef eat lean beef or chicken. Whole grains instead of white.
Small snacks such as vegetables throughout the day so you don't get hungry
Include more vegetables with your meals, they are low in calories and keep you filled
Losing weight is never easy but with these quick tips I hope they help you on your exercise and weight loss journey.
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