If you’re trying to lose a few pounds you know how frustrating it can be when you feel like you’re not making any headway. Despite every new fad diet, the basic advice for losing weight never really changes: exercise and eat fewer calories. If that just doesn’t inspire you to hit the treadmill harder, here are a few tips on how to keep on track with your weight loss program and get rid of that hard-to-lose weight.
Vary your Exercise
Unless you are one of the few people in the world who really adore sweating with a multitude of other people every day in a health club, you must find other physical activities that keep you moving. The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is not getting bored with exercise, and to do that you need to find something you really enjoy doing. If you love running, that’s great—but if you don’t there are plenty of other activities you can do that will still give you a great workout. Try horseback riding, hiking, dancing, or rowing. All give you a great workout, or if you have the time why not try them all? The more you can shake up your routine, the less you will get bored. Plus, you’ll get a better workout because if you just do the same routine everyday soon your body adapts and you are not working out as hard as you used to be.
Yes, you need to eat healthy foods and probably cut your calories to some extent if you want to lose weight, but if you are working out a lot then you don’t need to be too drastic. In fact, if you don’t eat enough you will start feeling lethargic and won’t want to work out at all, which is counterproductive. Don’t be too afraid to eat foods with fat either. Your body needs a certain amount of “good fats” to function. Pay attention to the labels, many products that say they are low fat often compensate for the taste by adding loads of sugar. Flavored yogurt is one good example of this.
Having a friend on the program with you is likely to make you more successful. A workout partner can also give you incentive to workout more frequently or to help you get into the gym on those days you just feel like lounging around your home. Having somebody with you to push and motivate you creates more productive workout atmosphere. The good part is it works both ways, because your training partner will feed off your energy and you both will see the benefit of a strong workout.
Part of the problem people run into when they are working out alone is that they don’t have somebody giving them guidance or helpful tips. Just because you are lifting weights or running doesn’t mean that it is getting the maximum result. You don’t need to hire a personal trainer to get this type of teaching if you know people who work out frequently. They should be considered a valuable (and free) resource. Don’t be afraid to ask them to be your workout partner. You’ll find you will have a much more successful time losing weight.
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