Ways You Can Start Losing Fat Immediately
With the new year comes new years resolutions – resolutions to become happier, spend more time with the kids, and of course, lose weight. Studies have shown that of those who make a new years resolution, nearly all of them quit after the first month.
Why is this?
Because they fail to plan and stay motivated. If you are really serious about losing weight and becoming healthier, this article will help you understand the most important concepts of weight loss and get you started on the right track.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be losing weight permanently!
The first step to losing fat immediately is figuring out your nutrition program. After all, a lean, ripped body is not made in the gym – it is made in the kitchen! Calculating your calorie needs is the most important part of your weight loss journey.
Simply put, if you consume more calories than you burn you will gain weight. Start by finding your maintenance calories (a BMR calculator will do just fine), and then subtract 20-40% of these calories from the total. This will result in a 1 pound loss each week. To increase your weight loss, increase the calorie deficit (but never go below 1200 calories a day!).
Many people find that they can reach this calorie deficit by just reducing the number of calories they eat each day. Others find that adding an exercise program helps them reach their deficit while allowing them to keep certain foods in their diet. Whatever your method, make sure you ease into it.
Drastically cutting out the foods you love and exercising three times a day will only lead to overtraining and eventually, relapses with your diet and exercise plan. Start off by cutting around 250 calories from your diet and exercising 3 times a week. Once you feel comfortable with this and stick with it for a couple of months, try decreasing your calories further or adding another day of exercise.
Decreasing your calories can actually be easier than it sounds. For example, instead of drinking coffee in the morning or pop in the evening, switch to water or even a low calorie fruit juice. If you like chocolate after dinner, try substituting that chocolate bar for a non-fat chocolate pudding. Simple changes like these can help keep you sane, full, and slimmer.
A great tool for weigh loss is a calorie counting website. Most of these free sites allow you to track how many calories you consume each day and help you make sure you are staying within your daily limit. Figuring out what meals or times during the day you need to improve on can help you adjust your calorie intake and lose weight faster.
Hopefully these simple tips and trick have helped you understand that weight loss is easy and only takes a little bit of dedication and consistency. Using the tools and information available to you is one of your greatest weapons in the fight against flab. Use them as much as possible and you will surely see incredible progress!