Getting Your Body Ready For Summer
If you’re like most people, you think a lot about fitness, dieting and getting your body to the healthiest state that is possible. The unfortunate reality is, however, we live in a world that is full of fast food, fast living and very few opportunities to lose weight naturally. That doesn’t mean, however, that you are without options when it comes to getting fit and losing weight. Here are some things to consider which will make a difference in your weight loss efforts.
The first thing that I should mention, is the fact that you should avoid the trendy diet plans that are this year’s specialty. The reason why you should avoid them is because they are not designed to help you lose weight permanently. This may seem odd, but when you consider the fact that they are run by companies who are interested in making a profit, it becomes easy for you to see that they are not truly interested in your permanent weight loss efforts. They want you to lose weight, gain it back and remain a customer for the rest of your life.
It is also important to understand that dieting is much more important than exercise. Of course, exercise does have its place in any type of serious fitness plan but it is not what is really going to help you to lose weight. Cutting calories and keeping them below your daily caloric expenditure is what is going to take weight from your body. If you exercise, it can help you to burn more calories but you need to be cautious that you don’t eat more as a natural way of making up for those extra calories.
Tip: When working with weight machines, go in order from smallest to largest. Smaller muscles will tire long before your larger ones will, so you’ll want to start with barbells before you move onto the larger machines.
Another thing that needs to be considered with exercise is the fact that it can make you look better, even if you do not lose weight from it. Putting on some lean muscle mass and strengthening your abdominal muscles can make you look thinner and healthier. If you are going to exercise to put on some muscle mass, it is not necessary for you to sweat it out at the gym for hours at a time. All that is really necessary is for you to do one set of several different weight lifting exercises to complete failure. You should do them slowly and deliberately, paying close attention to your form. If you do this two times a week, you will see results.
Finally, we come to the dieting portion of this article. Rather than eating low carbs, low fat or reducing your calories to a ridiculously low level, take unhealthy things out of your diet. Avoid anything that is boxed or canned and don’t eat any refined sugar, flour or dairy. When you take those things out of your diet, you will have plenty of food options and you will lose weight naturally.
These are just a few of the options that are available to help you with your fitness this year. When you follow them carefully, you will find that you are losing weight, feeling great and looking your best.