Here’s a scenario: You’re a month into the New Year and there’s a
problem with your New Year’s resolution: You aren’t where you want to be
with your weight loss. You set a goal, but at this point you’ve either
stopped making progress or haven’t started at all. Anxiety might be
Don’t fret! Here are some things that you can do to regain control:
You’re still eating the same calories: Sometimes
we can be under the misconception that, just because we exercised, we
can consume our regular amount of calories (or even more) and still
reach our desired effect. The problem is that diet is just as important
to weight loss as exercising; if you are consuming a high amount of
calories, the calorie deficit benefits from exercise won’t be enough to
see any significant changes in weight. Cut the calories.
Not enough volume:
When adding muscle, the most important thing is to continuously add
more reputations, weight, or both. The point is, as you build muscle,
you must build resistance to continue to benefit. If you aren’t
increasing your volume you’re leaving yourself susceptible to
plateauing. Gradually add more weights and reps to your routine, but
make sure you don’t overdo it. Slow and steady wins the race.
Where’s the cardio?
Compared to other exercises, cardio is essential to weight loss because
it allows you to burn more calories at an accelerated rate. Although
JUST cardio won’t do the job, it should definitely be integrated into
your regimen if you have your eyes set on losing weight. Take a walk,
swim, or bike ride. Just get moving.
Get some help:
If you don’t feel you are heading in the right direction, it may be a
good time to call in the reserves. Whether it’s your personal physician,
certified physical trainer, dietitian, or friend, there’s someone that
can help you with the knowledge and support to get you back on track.
You just have to look for it. Never be afraid to reach out.
falling off track or feeling like your goals are stalled is never a
reason to give up completely. The sun rises each day to meet the
challenges of a new morning. You can too.
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One of the main roles of our significant other is
to be our support system; it’s no different in our weight loss journey.
There was actually a study done to observe the benefits of lifestyle
changes in couples. What they found is more a reinforcement as oppose to
a revelation, we’re more likely to make adjustments to our lifestyle
and stick with them if our significant other joins us in changing their
lifestyle as well.
"Unhealthy lifestyles are a leading cause of death
from chronic disease worldwide. The key lifestyle risks are smoking,
excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol consumption.
Swapping bad habits for good ones can reduce the risk of disease,
including cancer,” says Professor Jane Wardle, one of the study’s
authors and director of Cancer Research UK's Health Behavior Research
Centre at UCL (University College London).
Lasting lifestyle adjustments can be difficult to
keep up, especially if you go at it alone. However, having someone
consistently providing encouragement is needed to get going and if you
can provide encouragement in return it only increases the likelihood
that both parties are successful. Remember, support and encouragement
doesn’t stop at your significant other, don’t hesitate to include your
friends or co-workers as well in this journey as well.
Source: Cancer Research UK
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