I get this question all of the time...
"What is the best way to exercise to lose weight?"
The answer is...
That is probably not the answer you were hoping for but it is the truth...
It depends on how much time you are willing to invest.
It depends on what you are after (i.e. your goals).
It depends if you are more concerned with the number on the scale or looking fit and toned.
If you have hours and hours per week to workout and primarily care about losing weight, then walking could be a good option for you. It can be time-consuming but if you do enough of it, it will work. You will burn a lot of calories and that, in combination with eating a reasonable diet, will cause you to lose weight.
On the other hand, if you do NOT have a lot of time and you DO want to look fit and toned, then you should seriously consider high-intensity interval training combined with resistance training. This combination helps you quickly burn a lot of calories while helping you preserve and build muscle (which is how you get 'toned').
If you are new to resistance training, check out this week's temple tip for my Resistance Training 101.
But to tell you the truth, all of this is kind of beside the point.
Because "the best workout for weight loss" is the one you'll actually do.
Today's Success Principle:
To win at weight loss and maintenance, you have to be consistent. Once in a while, will not do.
So that's why our "fitness family" works out together 2-4 days a week. Believe it or not, having others to work out with makes a BIG difference. When you know you'll be working out with a group of fun and supportive people who treat you like family every week, you actually want to show up! So find your tribe!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Did you know that 78% of successful losers (those that have lost 30 lbs. of and kept it off for at least one year) in this study eat breakfast EVERY day.
So if you have been skipping breakfast, it is time to get on the bandwagon!
Here are a few quick tips to help you make it a habit:
Here is a quick recipe to get you started.
Remember, winning is a habit. If you do what successful losers do, you can be successful too!
Have a great rest of the week!
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”
Foods that are high in fat and sugar taste great but the calories add up quickly and can easily have you taking in more calories than your body can burn.
Indulging in too much of these types of foods too often results in slow and steady or fast and furious weight gain depending on how much and how often you are overeating.
You see, whenever you eat more calories than your body burns in a day, your body stores that excess as fat. For example, let's assume that to maintain your current weight you need to be eating about 1,700 calories a day but you consistently eat 2,200 a day. In about a week, you will gain a pound. If that keeps happening week after week, it will not take long to pack on the pounds. If you are like me, much of that weight will show up in your mid-section. Yikes!
What food(s) are you indulging in too often?
Until next time,
coach tam's Blog
40-something who loves food, fitness, and fun!