There are many ways to skin a cat – so to speak. And there are many ways to lose weight, as evidenced by the thousands of weight loss products out there. Honestly, most of them do work to a certain extent – otherwise no amount of marketing will work in the long-run. But speaking of the “long run”, many of them are not sustainable. And so today we are focusing on some general exercise-related tips, which, if applied consistently over the long-term, will give you great results.
One: Get Sufficient Sleep
Before we dive into exercises, we have to cover this one. While many might think of sleep as a totally separate issue from weight loss, it really isn’t. You see, insufficient sleep will mess up the hormones that help regulate our appetites. And so when the ratio of hormones go topsy-turvy, you might end up eating more while you’re awake. And to make matters worse, the hormones will probably help store the excess energy as fat. To avoid this unfortunate cascade of events from happening, get at least six hours of sleep each night.
Two: Lay Off The Sugary Drinks
I have to put this one on the list even though the list emphasises exercise. And the reason I’m doing this is because if you don’t heed this piece of advice, you’ll end up needing more exercise to hit the same goals. I know it is true that unsweetened beverages aren’t as tasty as soda, but it’s a sacrifice you should make. Furthermore, think about it this way – you are consuming less calories without changing your eating habits, how’s that for a deal?
Three: Lift Weights
If you are serious about losing weight, you should seriously consider incorporating strength training into your workout routine. It’s simple – lean muscle requires more calories to maintain that fat, which means that you will be burning more calories at rest. And ladies – don’t believe the myth that strength training will make you big and muscular. It’s like someone saying that they do not go out jogging just in case they accidentally turn into an olympic sprinter.
Four: Crank Up The Intensity
Not just a general rule, but a call to action for you to focus on what’s called HIIT, or High-Intensity-Interval-Training. This refers to workouts that alternate between periods of high intensity bursts and longer recovery periods. The theory behind this is that not only do quick bursts stimulate white muscle fibres, the constant change in heart rates forces your body to burn more calories.
Five: Small Goals First
How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Of course, not that we are literally encouraging you to gorge – after all, this is a health blog! But the principle remains true. When you focus on small goals and you conquer them, it will give you the momentum and motivation to strive towards bigger goals. The reason why many people fail to lose weight is because they are inconsistent, or have set unrealistic goals. Do not be one of these people. Be realistic.
Six: Treat Exercise Seriously
This really fits well following from the previous point. The first step is to actually take it as a serious commitment and devote time to it. Failure to do so will result in falling off the wagon and not experiencing success, and this fate has befallen many a person. In order not to become a statistic, do your work and treat every workout session in your calendar like a doctor’s appointment with advance payment. Don’t slack on this point.
So here we go, six tips that can equip you for weight loss success. I’m sure you have found them useful. But remember, knowledge only becomes wisdom when it is applied. So go forth and apply these principles! And maintain your consistency by subscribing to this blog to keep you continuously encouraged. I look forward to hearing your success story.
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