What is the best way to lose weight? That’s a question that has been asked for centuries.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried many different diets and workout regimes over the years with some success, but also plenty of failures.
The truth is there are no easy answers when it comes to losing body fat and achieving your desired physique.
There are tons of ways to get in shape and change your body composition, but what works for one person might not work for another.
It all depends on your genetics, metabolism, lifestyle habits, etc., so finding something that fits into your life can be frustrating.
However, if you want those 6-pack abs or a slimmer waistline without having to starve yourself or spend hours at the gym, then I have some tips that you’re going to love.
Don’t Be Overly Obsessive
It’s not uncommon for people to look at the scale every day and obsess over the number it says.
If they don’t lose weight, then they think their workout or diet plan isn’t working. That’s completely the wrong mentality to have.
If you focus too much on hitting a certain number on the scale each week, you’ll get frustrated when your rate of weight loss slows down, and you won’t want to continue any program that’s not “working.”
This causes people to lose motivation and quit when it’s really just normal fluctuations in body weight.
For example, when your muscles grow or if you’re retaining water, you will see the number on the scale increase, but this doesn’t mean your progress has stalled.
Instead of relying solely on the scale for your progress, you’re better off weighing yourself once a week and instead focusing more on how your clothes fit and how you feel.
Focus On The Right Exercises
When it comes to weight loss, people often focus too much on cardio and not enough strength training. You might have heard that lifting weights will make you bulky, and that’s not true.
In fact, lifting weights will help you lose body fat in the long run because muscle is more metabolically active than fat, which means it burns calories even at rest.
When you increase lean muscle tissue, your metabolic rate increases, and so does your calorie burn.
So that hour on the treadmill every day might make you sweat and give you a great cardio workout, but it’s not burning as much fat or calories as you think.
There’s No Quick Fix
There is no quick fix when it comes to getting ripped. So when magazines show people who’ve gone from flabby to fit in just 6 weeks, they’re usually taking a performance-enhancing drug.
These kinds of compounds speed up your metabolism and mimic the effects of diet and exercise, so you get great results in a short amount of time.
Unfortunately, you can’t achieve that type of transformation naturally just by lifting weights, doing cardio, or eating less food.
Eat Plenty Of Healthy Fats
If you’re trying to get fit and lose weight, it’s essential that you get enough of the right kinds of fats in your diet.
Many people don’t like eating fat because they think it will make them gain weight or increase their waistline. That’s simply not true as long as you eat healthy fats and follow a low-carb diet, like Keto.
Healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado not only help you to feel full and satisfied, but they also play an important role in your health.
They’re very low in carbs, and they taste great when combined with other foods.
Have Go-To Foods When You Get Cravings
I’m sure you’re always looking for healthy food ideas that are quick and easy, but why not have a go-to food ready and waiting in your fridge for when those cravings strike?
Of course, you know you’ll just end up eating the whole pack of Oreos instead of just one cookie.
Stock your fridge with healthier options like hard-boiled eggs, full-fat yogurt/greek yogurt, or full-fat dairy products.
It’s okay to feel hungry, but sometimes we start craving unhealthy foods because our blood sugar is low or we’re bored. The solution?
Find something else to do while you wait for that craving to pass.
Track Your Calories & Weigh Your Food
You may be thinking that calories don’t matter and all you need to do is exercise more.
If that were true, then you wouldn’t have food items like protein bars and low-calorie foods in stores.
It is important to think about how much you are consuming vs. burning to accurately track your calories and get a true understanding of the amount of food you need to lose weight.
You can start by using a free app like My Fitness Pal to track your diet and then use this information to know what your caloric intake is.
When you know what your average baseline is, you want to decrease your calories from there. Weighing your food helps because you can easily adjust the quantity to meet your individual needs.
The key is finding a healthy balance between consuming enough calories vs. burning too many, so if you’re working out every day and not seeing any results, then maybe it’s time to start monitoring your diet more closely.
Get Plenty Of Quality Sleep
Sleep is a delicate balance between homeostasis when the body tries to reset itself by restoring its natural balance.
During your sleep cycle of 90 minutes or so, you will enter into phases where your heart rate slows, you’re more likely to experience dreamless sleep (non-REM), and your muscles can start rebuilding themselves.
Sleep deprivation lowers levels of testosterone and increases the production of cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and when your body is stressed out it doesn’t burn fat as well. That’s why people on diets often try to minimize their stress levels while they’re trying to get fit.
Sleep reduces activity in brain centers responsible for rational thought processes and decision-making. It’s harder to make rational decisions when you’re tired.
Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on the parts of your brain that control dopamine and serotonin, both of which are crucial for creating positive emotions.
It’s not a quick fix, but it does have incredibly positive effects on health and weight loss.
The key to losing weight is deciding to change your lifestyle and then sticking to it. Once you start making these changes, you’ll never go back to your old habits.
The most important thing is that you make a commitment and have the dedication to see it through. You will be more likely to succeed if you have an accountability buddy or set of buddies (family or friends), so there’s accountability for everyone.
It’s not always easy, but you can simplify things by tracking your calories and knowing what types of foods you should be eating.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, then you’re going to be disappointed. However, if you set your goals and stick with them for the long haul, it will all pay off in the end.