When it comes to fitness goals, losing weight is without a doubt the most common goal people have. The problem is very few of them actually accomplish that goal.
This is usually because most people have no idea what it really takes to lose weight. And generally speaking, they have also been misinformed about what really works.
With that being said, here are 4 things you must understand about losing weight.
Your “Why” Is More Important Than You Realize
While most people will have a plan to lose weight, that plan won’t always be enough to keep you going. As you move along your journey to lose weight there are going to be days, and sometimes even weeks, when you simply aren’t motivated.
When your motivation is at an all time low it is your “why” that will help get you through. So ask yourself, why is it that you want to lose weight? Is it because you have received a bad report from the doctor?
Is it so you can run around and play with your children? Is it because you want to be around to see your grandchildren grow up? Whatever your “why” you need to get clear about it before you start your journey.
As Brian Nguyen, CEO of Elementally Strong, once said, “No one’s goal is really the number on the scale”. Losing weight is always about something much bigger than a certain number of pounds.
It is therefore your responsibility to get to the real why. Once you know your why you need to remind yourself of it on a daily basis.
You can do this by creating a vision board or by journaling. No matter how you choose to do it, being able to see your why on a daily basis will keep you focused on the task at hand.
Results Don’t Happen Overnight
Chances are you already know that it takes time to lose weight. But whether or not you accept that as truth is a completely different story.
Most people will join a gym or sign up for a fitness program only to quit after a weeks. They will then complain and say the program didn’t work.
What you have to remember is you didn’t gain the weight overnight and you therefore can’t expect to lose it overnight.
You should also keep in mind that losing weight too quickly is never a good idea. Most people who lose weight too quickly end up gaining it all back, plus a few extra pounds, the moment they stop dieting.
When you lose weight too quickly your metabolism takes a big hit. So while you may lose weight, you will also start burning fewer calories throughout the day.
In some cases you may have damaged your metabolism so much that even a normal, healthy diet won’t be enough to stop you from gaining weight.
This is why taking a more steady approach will be your best option. For best results combine strength training with a healthy diet.
Doing so will turn your body into a fat burning machine.
Resistance Training Is More Effective Than Cardio
While cardio is great and should be a part of your training regimen, if your goal is to lose weight resistance training is the best way to make that happen.
The problem is most people, especially women, believe the best way to lose weight is to spend hours doing cardio.
This is one of the most common misconceptions associated with losing weight. Yes excessive cardio will burn calories, but it will also destroy your muscle mass and thus cause your metabolism to start to slow down.
When your metabolism slows down it becomes more difficult to lose weight. Muscle on the other hand increases your metabolism and makes it easier to lose weight.
Building muscle mass through resistance training is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off.
What Worked For Someone Else Might Not Work For You
As you very well know, it seems like there is a new diet that hits the market on a weekly basis. And with so many big bold promises its easy to get caught up in fad diets.
This is especially true if you know someone who has been able to lose weight with one particular fad diet. One thing you have to remember is that not all diets are created equal. And just because it worked for your friend doesn’t mean it will work for you.
The best way to reach and maintain your weight loss goals is to follow a plan that emphasizes healthy eating and working out. Stay away from the fad diets and the latest trends.
You want an option that is sustainable and enjoyable. When you have those two components you will be more likely to stick with it.