The weight loss industry is HUGE in today’s world. Everyone is selling machines and pills that will melt off pounds super fast. In reality, healthy weight loss requires time and dedication.
If you’re committed to losing weight the right way, here are a few tips to help you out.
Set Healthy Goals. Focusing on how much weight you’ve lost may seem like a good idea, it may discourage you if you don’t lose weight even though the diet is working. Retaining water, muscle gain, and other factors can all make you heavier even if you’re healthier. Set goals related to getting enough exercise and eating right, not weight loss. You may not notice a weight loss, but if you feel better and have more energy, something’s going right. And keep your goals small. Do not expect to change over night!
Avoid Fad Diets. Stay clear of them and diets that cut out entire food groups. They may very well work and work fast, however, many times they can be difficult to stay on…and UNHEALTHY! The best diet changes are made slowly.
MOVE! Getting your heart rate up at least 20 – 30 minutes a day is important for keeping your heart healthy, not just losing weight. If you are unable to dedicate this much time to exercise, try splitting it up into 10 minute intervals. It may be hard in the beginning, but if you keep at it you’ll find yourself more energized and feeling great.
Build Muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat. If you build your muscles while you lose weight, you’ll start losing faster and be more likely to keep the weight off. You don’t have to do much to build muscle mass, just lift small free weights or do use machines that require more force, like rowing machines.
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