Most people, at some point in their lives, try to lose a few pounds here and there. Whether you’re trying to maintain the optimal weight or you’ve spent years trying to trim stubborn belly fat, it never hurts to have more information about how to lose weight. In this blog, we’re going to talk about several things that you may not have tried and set you on the right path to losing weight and feeling confident again!
Many of us spent a large portion of our money on expensive gym memberships, protein drinks, special meal plans, and other supplements only to realize a year down the line that it didn’t help us lose the weight we wanted to. But losing weight has nothing to do with hopping on board with the latest “fat burning fad.” If you want to really lose fat, you’ll need to go back to the basics.
First of all, you should remember that weight gain is the result of several years of bad dietary habits and little or no physical activity. You can’t expect to lose weight quickly within a month or several months. No matter how much weight you want to lose, you should plan for the long term. This will reduce your expectations and help you maintain your motivation if you don’t start seeing big changes right away.
Let’s face it, many of us are discouraged from going to the gym and lifting weights. Either we’re self-conscious about our body or we don’t have the time or energy to commit to a regular training schedule. On top of that, we often times don’t see weightlifting as a legitimate way of burning fat. However, I’m glad to tell you that this idea is false and that weightlifting is actually one of the most effective ways of burning fat and creating a long-lasting change in your weight.
High-intensity activities are what causes weight loss and that’s not different when it comes to lifting weights. In addition to this, weight lifting increases muscle mass. Active tissue or muscle tissue requires energy to function, and by having more of it, we increase our metabolism. What this means, is that if you have more muscle, you’re actually using more energy on a daily basis, regardless of exercise. With increased muscle mass, you’ll see a significant reduction in fat over time.
Eat Lean Protein
Weight loss doesn’t always just come down to eating less, it means eating the right things. If you’ve been going to the gym every day for the past year and haven’t seen results, it’s most likely due to your diet.
Protein is one of the most important nutrients we eat, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. It helps with physical recovery and tissue development after exercise. There are three macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates). Out of the three, protein has a higher satiety rating making us feel fuller for longer. This means eating a meal high in protein will leave you feeling good throughout the whole day without the need for snacking. Although snacking can be healthy if you’re eating the right things, most of us tend to have sugar cravings mid-day which can be avoided with a high protein diet.
In addition to all of this, protein has high thermic effect of food or “TEF.” This means it takes more energy to digest than other macronutrients like fat or carbohydrates. About twenty percent of the energy found in protein is used to digest itself. This is another reason we’ll feel more full after eating something high in protein. Try to eat a source of lean protein with every meal.
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