How Do I Lose Weight?

 

Everybody’s question is how much do I eat? Or how often? What am I supposed to give up to lose weight? It’s the million dollar question-How Do I Lose Weight? Look at all the buzz on weight loss, and the million different techniques that are out there. Yet, which one is the right one? My response, how can there be just one? Everyone is different and has different likes. Therefore different techniques are better for one person whereas another person may not like them. In the end, this is why there can be so many different programs out there. You just need to find one that suits you, gets your body moving, and allows you to enjoy the exercises that you’re doing. The most important factor is, you have to HAVE FUN.

As a personal trainer many of my co-workers used to talk down on anything other than training programs and would make fun of other regimes such as Zumba or P90x. My co-worker once said, “That’s not working out.” My perspective then and now: it gets your heart beat up, for an extended time, multiple times a week, you’re working out. I remember thinking why knock on other programs just because it’s not a strict regime with exact exercises. It’s not about what you do unless you have a specific goal in mind like body building, competing, or even trying to lose weight by a specific event. Then yes, you need a specific training regime to fit your goals. If your interest is to just keep your body at a healthy state for as long as possible, the answer is simple.

 

Get up, and get moving!

 

Walking 30 minutes a day truly is a miracle worker.  If that is all you can do, all your body allows; then start there. Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it! Work up to a goal of doing body calisthenics, and eventually getting into weight lifting if strength is your goal. Don’t rush, and another important tip: Always listen to your body. Let it tell you what its limits are. You want to push yourself and allow yourself to be amazed by what you can accomplish, just don’t overdo it.

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The key to living a balanced life is having balanced calorie intake and calorie outtake. The basic way to calculate your daily caloric needs is by using a person’s individual body weight, height, age, gender, and exercise level. My favorite calculator online to use because it’s not skewed by personal gain or advertisements is https://www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

Finding your caloric need is having a baseline. If you want to gain mass and are working out accordingly, you can add 500 if you want to lose weight, you can subtract 200-500 calories. I normally stay at my baseline the whole time. I want to make sure my body has enough fuel to run on for every workout. The good thing about the choosemyplate.gov is it will give you numbers for if you’re pregnant, or trying to lose weight and you can monitor the needs of everyone in the family. It’s great!

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Bottom line, in the simplest form, Don’t Eat More Than you Need, and always move your body! Again, remember, Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it!

 

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