There are many factors to consider when it comes to losing weight. But get them right and you will achieve your goals!
First of all you want to focus on shedding fat and not just dropping numbers on the scale. There is so much contradiction out there when it comes to health and fitness, that it can be quite confusing to know what works best for you. We all lead different lifestyles and whatever works for one person might not work for you.
We all lead different lifestyles and whatever works for one person might not work for you.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Keep in mind that weight training alone is not the total answer to losing unwanted fat. The tips below are meant to help you find what works best for you, so that you can make health and fitness your way of life.
1 – SELF ASSESSMENT. Take some time to really assess your life and see where you can begin to fit some weight training into your schedule. If weight training is new to you, know the reasons why you want to get started on this path.
These reasons need to be authentic and not some sort of short term resolution. An authentic reason, for example, would be wanting more energy so that you could keep up with your kids. If you decide that you’re going to start weight training because it’s something you think you “should” do, you will be more likely to throw in the towel.
2 – BE REALISTIC. It’s great that you are ready to live a healthier and fit lifestyle, but make sure that it fits in to your schedule. What does your average week look like? Where can you actually fit in a workout or two? What are you willing to let go of, in order to get that workout in?
Will you give up an hour of television for an hour of exercise? Will you go to bed an hour early and get up an hour earlier to get that workout in? Remember, if your plate is already full, you will need to let something go, in order to add something new.
3 – LIFT WEIGHTS PROPERLY. Don’t lift heavy if you can’t get full range of motion. To get the best results, you always want to focus on contracting and lengthening your muscles.
4 – DITCH THE CARDIO MACHINES. Those machines will not build lean muscle mass the way iron will. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more fat you will burn.
5 – EAT WHOLE FOODS. You can’t out train a bad diet. Each meal should consist of lean protein, healthy carbohydrates and healthy fat. Single ingredient foods are better for you than processed foods, so do your best to prepare your meals.
6 – STAY AWAY FROM DIET TRENDS. There are no quick fixes! Low carb, low fat, dairy free, etc. These diet trends will only set you up to gain it all back, plus more in the end.
7 – SLOW AND STEADY. It will take some time to figure out what works best for you. You’ve already taken the step in the right direction, so be patient and the results will follow.
8 – FIND MENTORS. Get tips and advice from someone that has had success and someone that holds true to your values.
9 – BE CONSISTENT. Plan, prepare and follow through. It will be tough at first, but once it becomes habit it becomes way of life.
10 – REST & RECOVER. Aim to get 7- 8 hours of sleep each night, as your body will repair muscle tears that occur during weight training. Allow your body to fully recover before you train the same muscle groups again. Listen to your body, if you’re tired that means you are tired and not lazy.
It’s better to take an extra day or two off before you hit the weights again. You will come back stronger and more refreshed, with less chance of injuring yourself.
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