The (Not So) Secret to Weight Loss
Let’s face it. In today’s fast paced, modern, society we are looking for quick fixes and instant gratification in a number of areas in our lives. Weight loss is one of the primary ones. We’ve all heard the promises.
Lose 10 pounds in 1 week!
Melt fat and have that sexy body you’ve always dreamed of!
Every week, there is a new product or program that guarantees success….for a hefty price. Most of the programs out there are fairly expensive… some are time consuming… some promise results in a matter of days… How do you sort through the hype and really know which is the correct choice?
I have struggled with my weight since high school. After graduating, I lost some weight, toned up and was on track to the body I wanted…. Then pregnancy hit. I was left with 35 extra pounds… I lost the weight, dyed my hair, and thought I was on top of the world… only to be hit with massive stress at work. I gained back all the weight plus 10 pounds.
Through this struggle, I have tried numerous weight loss programs, supplements, and nifty spot-reduction machines. Along the way, I discovered a passion for fitness and the real secret to weight loss.
The secret doesn’t lie in some miracle pill. (Unfortunately.) In fact, it isn’t really a secret at all! All you need to lose weight is a sensible diet and a good exercise regimen. (Nutrition + Exercise = Health) By sensible diet I don’t mean give up your cheeseburgers, pizza, and ice cream. I, personally, love pizza and I think it would be a sad day if I ever had to stop eating it. Essentially, you can eat whatever you want and still be thin and healthy. The key is moderation. That concept is easier said than done in many cases. You have to consciously commit to yourself and to the goal at hand. Then, you have to stay dedicated.
As for exercise, there is so much information available that it’s hard to sort through and really find what will actually work. What it comes down to, again, is your ultimate goal. A general weight loss exercise program would consist of a cardio workout, at least 5-6 days a week, for a minimum of 30-45 minutes; Resistance training 3 days a week, 10-12 whole body exercises, 1-2 sets for 10-12 reps. Consistency is key here! Find something you love and stick to it! If you enjoy what you are doing, you are more likely to keep engaging in that activity and you are more likely to reach your goal! Don't forget - stretching - it is important for flexibility and should be performed after working out, when the muscles are warm. Again, this is a general outline of a simple exercise plan to lose weight. (Sometimes you just have to get back to the basics.) You should always check with your doctor or medical professional before starting any weight loss program.
There are many great hubs on this site, giving exercise tips and healthy recipes to try. (More to come from myself, too) Check them out. Try out the tips. See what works for you. The important part is finding something you enjoy doing; something that you will continue to do.
I hope this is helpful. I will be writing more hubs in the future about my experiences with different products, so keep an eye out! ..And please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think!:)