5 Simple Weight Loss Tips for Summer 2010
She Rocks Fitness wants to share with you 5 very useful weight loss tips that will help you achieve your summer goals to looking fabulous, feeling confident, and eating healthy. These are tips that She Rocks Fitness has made a priority to follow on a regular basis. Feel free to e-mail any questions or concerns. She Rocks Fitness loves to hear from you! Good luck!
- Keep a Food and Exercise Journal: It has been shown that those who keep track of their calorie consumption and calories burned were more successful at keeping weight off. This may seem tedious at first, but it is a great way to see what you eat and do on a continuous basis. There are plenty of free applications available online to help track your progress.
- Make Small,Steady Changes, and Be Patient: Losing weight, starting a new exercise program, and changing your diet takes time. Don’t get frustrated. When making a lifestyle change make sure that you set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for yourself, so that you stay on a focused path. Making drastic changes in your diet or trying to accomplish a fitness goal that is way to hard, can lead to injury, burn-out, and regression.
- Incorporate Strength Training into your Routine: Make sure that you are strength training 2-3 times a week, along with your cardio routine. Only doing cardio will increase your metabolism in the short term, but it is only temporary. Strength training will raise your metabolism during the workout, after your workout, and at least up to 24 hours later. Lean muscle helps you loose weight!
- Eat Complex Carbs, Lean Protein, & Healthy Fats: Make sure to eat these three throughout the day, with your meals to boost your metabolism and blast fat. Have a serving of these with each of your meals! Remember complex carbs include foods like: spinach, kale, bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, squash, bulgur, quinoa, whole grain breads & pasta.
- Listen to Your Body: Make sure to rest when necessary. This is so important and is sometimes very difficult for athletes, but if you don’t listen to your body, you will either get sick or injured, which are both very frustrating. Take 1-2 days off a week from working out. If you don’t feel comfortable taking 2 days off, make sure that your other day is a light workout (like a walk with your dog). Every 2-3 months try to take a week off from strength training. This will allow your body to recover, rest, and feel fresh once you start up again. It’s a great feeling! Regarding eating, if your body is craving something, don’t ignore it. Ignoring or eliminating what you love can lead to you overeating and guilt. Life is too short to not have that bowl of pasta, the chocolate brownie, or that glass of wine after a long day. Just remember to fill these cravings in moderation!
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