Have you ever felt like nothing you do works to help you lose weight? Weight loss can be very tricky, because it’s something unique for each person’s metabolism, diet, exercise habits, and lifestyle. The good news is that there are things you can do that will guarantee weight loss. A few simple tricks and changes, and you’ll find it’s much easier for you to start getting healthy and shedding pounds…
More Resistance Training, Less Cardio
The myth that “jogging/cardio is the best way to lose weight” has kept a lot of people working hard to build their endurance, but that doesn’t typically guarantee weight loss. The truth is that low-intensity, steady state cardio—like jogging, slow cycling, walking, etc.—won’t be nearly as effective as higher-intensity exercise. Resistance training, sprint training, HIIT workouts, and anything that gets your heart beating very fast will burn the same amount of calories as low-intensity cardio in a fraction of the time. And strength training builds muscle, which in turn speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn more calories (and fat) every day.
The idea of going vegetarian or vegan is a “non-starter” for a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include more veggies in your diet. In fact, make sure your diet is “veggie-forward”—which basically means making all of your meals revolve around the vegetables rather than around the meat. Plan meals that include large helpings of veggies, and consider reducing meat intake. You’ll find that increasing your vegetable consumption is one of the best ways to start losing weight!
Don’t just wait for your daily workout to get moving, but spend all day moving around as much as possible. Get up and do some light activity every hour on the hour, for just a few minutes if you can. Take the stairs, walk from the far end of the parking lot, go on walks, clean your house more, and spend your weekends doing active activities. The more you move, the more calories you burn, and the faster your metabolism will be. Make it a point to move around as much as possible!
Drink ONLY Water
This is going to be tough for a lot of people who rely heavily on soda, juice, and other flavored drinks for enjoyment. The truth is that all these drinks—even 100% natural fruit juice—has excess sugar that isn’t good for your health. You’re better off sticking with water. It’s got no calories, no sugar, and nothing to make weight loss harder. Cutting all beverages besides water from your diet is the best way to shrink your daily calorie intake significantly.
Start the Day With Protein
Resist the urge to have a stack of pancakes or a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Instead, have yourself a high-heaping bowl of protein-rich oatmeal, or have a veggie-heavy omelet. The more protein you have in the morning, the more your metabolism will be kick-started for a busy day. A protein-heavy breakfast is the best thing you can have to give yourself energy for the long day ahead, and to get your body burning calories at top speed.
Sit Less, Do More
This is critical for your weight loss! Most of us spend too much time sitting down, an activity that will slow our metabolisms and lead to wear and tear on our skeletal system. Make it a point to stand up as much as possible, and reduce the amount of time you spend sitting. Fill your days and nights with active things that keep you on your feet, and you’ll see results in no time!