Trying to find out why your newfound energy to start a regular exercise routine in the New Year does not seem to be paying off? Read on to find out how to maximize your weight loss and minimize the time you spend in the gym.
The basic math of weight loss is simple: Burn more calories than you consume. This, however, is almost always easier said than done. It is a popular recommendation to keep an eye on both the calories that you consume and the calories that you burn each day to ensure a healthy calorie deficit that will ultimately result in a slimmer waistline. To gain a basic understanding of this principle, you can search for a Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) calculator online.
Many new gym-goers make the basic mistake of falling into the habit of constant sports drink consumption. These products are designed to replenish the energy that has been utilized during a gruesome physical routine, but most of them contain high levels of carbohydrates, which equate to more calories that you don’t particularly need while you’re trying your best to lose that belly. As a rule of thumb, when starting out, it is wiser to stick to good old water as a workout hydrant.
Recent studies show that people tend to indulge in calorie packed meals after a workout as a reward for a job well done. This could potentially negate all your hard work at the gym, this brings us back to the earlier point of burning more calories than you consume. Always be aware of your workout routine, as well as your daily consumption to maximize the effects of training.
Most people are easily discouraged by initial difficulties while developing the habit of a regular exercise routine. This is why the gyms are packed in the beginning of January, but discouragingly empty by the end of the same month.
Be aware that activities that help you lose weight are not only available at the gym. Take a walk to work instead of using your car, if the weather is good, why not ride a bike? Take the stairs once in a while instead of always choosing the escalator. Activities such as these, although simple at first glance, can lead to a massive change in your feeling of wellbeing and help you shred the pounds faster.
And once again… don’t get discouraged when you don’t see results immediately, anything good takes time and a good amount of effort. Also be aware of the two different types of body fat that your body accumulates. The first type is called “subcutaneous” which is lurking directly beneath the skin and is visible in people that show to be overweight. The second type, which is more dangerous as it represents a high health risk, is called “visceral” fat. This fat, also known as “ectopic”, can be found around the organs of the human body.
When exercising the body tries to lose the latter type first as it represents a real danger to the wellbeing of the person. People, though, often get discouraged because of this; they don’t see any change in their outer layer of fat and thus decide that “this is not working for me”. Persistence is key!
Once again, look at what and how much you eat to maximize the chances of losing weight and becoming your best possible self. There is no point of going to the gym all the time, but destroying your effort by overeating at home. Avoid alcohol consumption as these calories easily add up to derail you efforts for a healthier lifestyle. Eat more vegetables, decrease your intake of saturated fats and be wise when you choose a late night snack… Be patient with yourself!