Let’s just jump right in and talk about the 5 truth’s you must understand about weight loss.
Truth #1 – Calories Count
If you want to lose weight its all about calories.
While there are many different ways you can attempt to lose weight, the best way will always be to simply reduce your caloric intake.
It sounds simple because it is simple.
The first thing about calories you need to understand is that there are 3500 calories in a pound.
If you want to lose 1 pound a week you will need to reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories per day.
That might sound like a lot but when you add in the calories burned from exercise you will find that it is very doable.
Truth #2 – Carbs & Fat DO NOT Make You Fat
This is easily one of the biggest misconceptions you will hear when it comes to losing weight.
So let’s clear this up right now….
Carbs and fat DO NOT make you fat!!!
They are both a very important part of a healthy, well balanced diet.
Carbs in particular are your body’s main source of fuel.
That’s why low carb diets result in a lack of energy.
While you will need to change the type of carbs you are eating if you want to lose weight, there is no need to cut them out completely.
You should instead aim to get 40% of your calories from carbs.
A few of the best carb sources include oats, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables.
Fats also plays a very important role in a healthy diet.
They help ensure your brain, immune system, and nervous system are functioning properly.
A few healthy sources of fat include nuts, olive oil, and avocado.
Try to get 20% of your calories each day from fat.
Truth #3 – You Must Watch Out For Low Fat Foods
Most people think low fat foods are a great option since they are trying to lose weight.
And while low fat foods can be a good option in certain situations, most of the time they are not.
If you look closely at the food labels you will notice that most low fat foods are high in added sugars, preservatives, and additives.
None of those things are good for you.
And when you add in all the additives a low fat food can quickly become a very high calorie food.
Make sure you read the food label so you know exactly how the calories are broken down.
Truth #4 – Strength Training Is Your Friend
This truth is more so for women.
Most women avoid strength training because they believe it will make them big and bulky.
This however is completely false.
For a women to get big and bulky would require a very strict diet and a very intense weight training program.
Strength training to lose weight will not lead to you getting big and bulky.
Actually, quite the opposite is true.
Strength training is one of the best ways to burn a ton of calories.
When you lift weights you improve your overall lean muscle mass.
And while one pound of fat and one pound of muscle weigh the same thing, their composition varies greatly.
The more muscle you have the leaner you will look.
You will also burn more calories throughout the day.
So ladies, don’t be afraid to lift weights.
Not only will it improve your overall physique, but it will help you build confidence like never before.
If you are new to strength training read this article..Strength Training 101 – Where Do I Start?
Here is a short strength training workout you can do from home.
This is another tip geared more towards the ladies.
Its easy to assume that the longer you spend on the treadmill the more calories you will burn.
This however is not true.
Now don’t get me wrong, cardio does indeed burn calories.
But it only burns calories while you are doing the activity.
If you want to burn calories for hours after you are done with your cardio, then you will need to up the intensity quite a bit.
Instead of doing a 30 minute session of steady state cardio, incorporate high intensity training into the mix.
Don’t be afraid of a little sweat ladies.
It will help you release toxins and burn more calories in a shorter period of time.
Here is a great high intensity cardio workout you can try.
Its only 30 minutes and requires no special equipment.
Always remember that just because you increase your level of activity does not mean you can turn around and eat whatever you want.
You still have to maintain a healthy diet.
Never skip meals, eat healthy foods at least 80 percent of the time, and make sure you are eating regularly throughout the day.
This will keep your metabolism revved up and the weight coming off!