Losing weight is a struggle when you’re not sure where to start! It may require a lot of change to your daily habits and for your to form some new routines. If you’re looking to lose weight here are 8 tips that will help you speed up your results.
1). Cardio or high intensity interval training are good for your heart and for burning fat!
Cardiovascular exercise is designed to get your heart pumping! Getting your heart rate up will over extended periods of time or even for short intense intervals will help to strengthen your heart, burn some calories, and may even help to increase metabolic rate throughout the day. Any activity that gets your heart rate up and keeps it there qualifies as cardiovascular exercise, so pick something you find enjoyable and stick with it! A few great ideas include: group fitness classes, the huge selection of cardio machines we have at every EoS Fitness Locations, maybe even checkout the MOVEoS Cinema!
2). Change your mindset! Losing weight doesn’t have to mean missing out!
Trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying life! Changing your mindset from “I cannot eat out” to “If I do eat out, what are my options? Is this the correct portion sizing for my body?” Making sure that your weight loss journey is fun, inspiring, and SUSTAINABLE in the long term means allowing flexibility.
3). Eat Breakfast
Eating breakfast is important for controlling appetite throughout the day, kickstarting your metabolism, and setting the tone for an AWESOME day of staying on track. Find a few quick and easy recipes for mornings when you might find your self running late to set yourself up for success!
4). Use your Math Skills
In a single pound of fat, there are around 3,500 calories. To lose a pound, you must burn 3500 more calories than you take in. If you are a numbers person you can use those math skills to your advantage in your weight loss journey. Check out this blog by one of our certified fitness professional discussing how to calculate your Total Daily Expenditure and use that number to create a plan.
5). Variety, Variety, Variety
Eating the same thing every day is not only boring, but it is also unhealthy. Adding variety to your diet is important to ensure that you are consuming the proper vitamins, minerals, & nutrients to support your body. A super easy way to get started in diversifying your diet is experimenting with different colored fruits and vegetables.
6). Eat out Less
Cooking your food at home can help you to save money AND calories verses eating out. The serving size in restaurants are two times bigger than an actual serving size. Many times the food at restaurants have added oils, sauces, and sugars. When you are able to cook some of your own meals, you can better control portions and condiments to better fit your goals.
7). Invest in a pedometer to monitor your daily steps.
Try walking around 10,000 steps each day. Every step you take will help you towards your weight loss and fitness goals. Creating more movement in your daily life is a great first step in cultivating a more active lifestyle.
8). Cook meals in advance and portion them out to the appropriate sizes.
This tip is similar to tip number 6! Eating out less is a great goal, and to help you achieve that you can set aside time to prep meals in advance for the week. These healthy meals are not only cost effective, but can provide you with the foundation for a great diet plan. Cooking things in bulk is a money saver because it allows you to buy your ingredients and to use them all. Also, this keeps helps keep your food fresh and nutritious.
Creating new healthy habits is a journey. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Small steps add up over time, like hitting those 10,000 steps today and drinking your water.