Advice for Losing Weight in a Healthy Way
There’s no magic pill, perfect workout or diet alone that can help you lose weight quickly and healthily. If you want to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, there are a few important components you must consider. You’ve got to be sure to drink plenty of water, follow a balanced diet rich with protein and greens and get on a workout routine. It’s important to have motivation, but also know that weight loss is a journey. If a personal trainer promises you quick weight loss tips, be wary. Your personal trainer should be your partner in this journey and help you reach your goals and help you become a healthier version of yourself.
Weight Loss Tips from a Personal Trainer:
If you’re looking for weight loss tips, look no further. Whether you’re trying to lose weight for medical reasons, lifestyle reasons or just to look thinner- these basic tips still apply.
Drink lots of water: Most personal trainers tell you to follow the “10 Gulp Rule” which says that every time a glass of water touches your lips, you should take 10 big gulps. The old adage of 8 glasses of water per day is a good rule of thumb too. If you’re like me, it can be hard to gulp down that much water in a day. Get yourself a bottle with a straw and it will go down a lot easier. Tiredness and fatigue are also symptoms of dehydration, so getting your 8 glasses of water in can help you have the energy and motivation you need to get to the gym by the end of the day.
Start Small: It’s easy to be inspired by your friend who works out everyday or an Instagram fitness star with abs and great workout attire. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so start by working out 30 minutes, 3 days each week. Once you get comfortable with this change and can hold yourself accountable, it will make it easier to make the big lifestyle changes.
Meal Prep & Healthy Choices: Setting aside an hour or two on Sunday or Monday to do meal prep for the week will save you time throughout the week and make it easier for you to eat healthily, even after a long work day. If you find yourself going out to eat more, because you have a hard time saying “no” to friends and family, just make healthier decisions regarding what you order. You don’t have to just eat side salads, just opt for the healthier option than what you’d normally go for. Ex: If you normally go for the burger and fries, instead, ask if they have a black bean burger option on a lettuce wrap. Sweet potato fries are a great side options many restaurants offer, you won’t even miss those french fries!
Best Workouts for Losing Weight
When it comes to workouts, some exercises are better for certain fitness goals. Check out these best workouts for losing weight. Craig can help you design a workout plan that is customized to your weight loss goals, but these are a great start:
Circuit workouts with short rests are the best for weight loss. Ex: Sprints on the treadmill with 20-30 second rests.
Add a bit of cardio to your standard lunges or squats. Adding a jump to your squats and lunges will get your heart rate up which can lead to weight loss.
Take it back to recess and pull out your old jump rope. Jumping rope for 2 minutes at a time (3 -4 sets) can do wonders for your mission to lose a few pounds. Plus, it’s fun!
Running stairs is a great workout that can help you shed those extra few pounds, plus you can do it anywhere. Find an outside stadium, a three-story apartment complex or even the steps in front of a library - it can turn into your own, personal gym.
Bonus Tip for Post-Workouts:
With fat loss or weight loss as a goal, you may want to eliminate carbs from your post-workout snack list. Don’t feel like you need to eliminate carbs from your diet in its entirety. Swap them out for whey protein and BCAAs.
For more workout tips and exercise recommendations, click the link below. Craig can also work with you in a series of private lessons to help you design a workout plan you can do on your own, after your training package has expired.