We’ve all been there – you’ve been to the gym 3 days in a row so it’s time to check the scale. But when you step on the scale and take a look at the readings you let out a big sigh. You’re just not getting the results that you were hoping for.
Before you start over-thinking your exercise regimen and picking your diet apart, it might be time to ask yourself a very important question: Do you really want to lose weight?
The truth comes out
Your gut reaction might be “of course I do, what a silly question”, but are your words reflected in your actions? Signing up for the latest dieting scheme, whether it is the next fad diet or drinking apple cider vinegar (please don’t do either of these things) isn’t the way to lose weight. You know that, and we know that. It isn’t spending 20 minutes running on the treadmill and then hitting McDonalds on the way to work, either.
The real secret to losing weight
Yes, you need to be eating whole, organic foods, whole grains and the proper balance of proteins through meats or other sources. And yes, you also need to be working out regularly. But none of that matters if you don’t follow the cardinal rule when it comes to losing weight. Are you ready for this?
In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in.
Yes, that’s it. It is as easy as that. Now, how you go about burning those calories is almost as important as how many you burn, so here’s a few of our hints to get yourself going.
First, get a BodyBugg. These tiny little powerhouses will give you no excuse not to jot down what your caloric intake is because they’re strapped right to you. About the size of a watch, these inexpensive devices can put the power right at your fingertips, literally!
Next, you need to find an exercise routine that challenges and motivates you enough to keep coming back. It won’t always be easy and it won’t always be fun, but it does need to be something that you’ll love enough to stick with. 30 minutes a day of target heart-rate exercise is just what the doctor ordered to keep the numbers on the scale headed downwards. And if you are struggling with finding compelling exercise program to keep you motivated, sign up for one of our free bootcamp sessions and see what it’s all about.
The most important part of all, keep a close eye on what you eat. Calculate what your basal metabolic rate is (the calories you burn at rest) and any exercise you do and deduct that number from your intake. That deficit is what will get you the results you’ve always dreamed of!
Want to learn more secrets about how to really lose weight? Custom Fitness Concepts has class locations all across metro Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland so there’s a good chance you can find a location right near you – wherever that may be.