Losing weight is a challenge that is on a lot of people’s minds this time of year. Many people have made a commitment to themselves and often to their family that they will change their life for the better. If that sounds like you, let me give you a few simple steps that you can take to increase your fat loss and improve your physique.
Decrease Calories. It is simple in theory. In implementation it is often difficult. It is much easier to say that you are going to stop eating as much as you do, or that you will clean up your diet. Take a baby step, just try and cut our some of those extra calories. Do you have soda? Cut it out. Do you have chips late at night? Cut it out. Do you eat ice cream in the middle of the night? Remove that too. Start small. Then after a bit, remove something else. Diets that fail are diets that are restrictive and don’t allow freedom. I typically recommend a certain amount of calories and macronutrients, but if you are just trying to lose some fat, then cutting out some snacks or sweets can indeed help you lose that fat.
Get Active. Walk more, play with the kids, take stairs, just be a more active person. Spend time with your family doing active family activities. Play sports. Ride a bike. Get moving!
Lift Weights. I know, I know, I sound like a parrot. I repeat myself over and over. But it really is one of the best ways for you to lose fat. Not only does it help you burn more calories than running, but when you build muscle, then you will burn more calories. After all, muscle will burn more calories than fat. Also, most likely that the look you so desire will only come by weight training. If you don’t lift weights, than you will lose on average a half a pound of muscle each and every year starting at the age of 20. So, at the age of 30, you will have 5 less pounds of muscle on your frame. I am convinced that any workout program can be enhanced by adding weight training.
You know, losing fat isn’t rocket science. Take in less calories than you burn and it’ll happen. The challenging part is keeping with it. The dedication, the persistence that is the challenge.