Many of us have made commitments to our overall health as 2018 kicks into full gear and losing some weight is a common goal…but how to do it is the question? Here are 5 great ideas to help you along the way that aren’t that hard if you stick to them!
Drink it…a lot. Take a filled water bottle with you throughout the day and drink it. This not only aids weight loss but it actually helps fight dehydration which can give you fatigue and keep you away from being active. How much per day? The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.
Did you know a fit body really starts in the kitchen and NOT the gym? It’s true! In a nutshell, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Nutrition drives weight loss and muscle building. Experts recommend eating a well-balanced diet that features plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, and lean meats and dairy.
WEIGH YOURSELF PROPERLY
Weighing yourself properly means not doing it daily, but rather weekly. Experts recommend for most accurate results, weekly weigh ins at the same time of day with the same clothes is the best approach. Regularly weighing yourslef keeps your head in the game and is a great tool to keep things under control as well.
MAKE A GOAL RATHER THAN MANY GOALS FOR SUCCESS
Experts say one of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to make too many fitness goals at one time rather than just mastering one and then moving on. So for example, try drinking more water one week, and then working in better food choices the following week. Sounds simple enough, but if you can get the basics down there will be a payoff on the scale.
GET INTO WEIGHTS
Doing weight (strength training) and cardio is the one-two punch for ultimate weight loss. Why is that? The more muscle mass we have in our bodies translates to more calories burned, even when we’re not exercising. The recommended amount of strength training is two or three days think: weight lifting, squats, lunges, etc. — into your weekly mix.
Overall, losing weight does not have to be overwhelming. Start small, incorporate the changes above and see results!
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