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5 Top Tips to Lose Weight

Hey Everyone!


I'm back again with my fitness blog!


I have had many ask me how to lose weight.


It's one of the most common asked questions I receive along with 'how to lose belly fat'


So to help you, I have decided to put together my 5 top tips to lose weight!


TOP TIP 1

HYDRATION

Keeping your body hydrated it helps you to function properly and also helps to flush toxins out of your body. One of the key ways to hydrate the body is by drinking water throughout the day.

An average person needs between 6-8 glasses per day

It is also important to take little sips than gulp it down.

You can keep your body hydrated in the following ways:

  • drink plain tap water or bottled water
  • diluted water or flavoured water
  • isotonic water (just check sugar contents)

It will also be good practice to carry a water bottle with you, as most of the time you are likely to be thirsty than hungry.


TOP TIP 2

FOOD DIARY

Most of my clients hate it, when I ask them to keep a food diary for seven days. They either eat too healthy and don't need my help or... they don't eat at all which then slows down their metabolism. Some are afraid to share what they actually eat.

Unfortunately if one struggles to keep an honest food diary, it'll be very difficult to see where the problem lies. Sometimes keeping a food diary helps to eliminate where you are going wrong. This is how I personally figured out I was subconsciously eating more than I accounted for.

When I was about size 16 in dress size, I believed I was eating healthy and couldn't figure out why I was gaining so much weight.

Eventually I started to track what I was eating.

What I was eating subconsciously shocked me, because I didn't think my eating habits were unhealthy.

My food diary gave be an honest overview of how poor my diet actually was.

In a day I was eating my breakfast, lunch and dinner as normal, but I didn't really account for the snacks I was consuming daily.

I used to eat 2 bars of chocolate in a day, 1 mid-morning and 1 in the evening. I was also snacking alot. It was more of a brunch, even though I had breakfast in the morning!

I would eat 2 x croissants per day with extra margarine and raspberry jam spread across them, it was yummy, but it wasn't helping my waistline.

Unless I kept a food diary, I would not have noticed how unhealthily I was eating!


TOP TIP 3

PLAN YOUR TRAINING TIMES

It is also important to plan your training times. If you're not a morning person then don't plan your training session's for mornings. The chances are less likely for you to stick to the routine.

If you find you are more energetic in the evening then plan your training around evenings so you get the best out of your workout.

Also like you would schedule in meetings in your diary, such as a business meeting, doctors/dentist appointments, schedule in your training times and stick to it as part of your routine and don't make excuses or change it.

Training should also be seen as a way of life and not as a chore. It should be enjoyable, a part of you, your lifestyle, your 'me time'. You should be doing it for yourself, not for anyone else.


TOP TIP 4

EXERCISE PREFERENCES

If you don't enjoy your training sessions or type of training, then you are most likely to give up or quit and not return.

Choose exercises that you are going to enjoy. However a variety of exercises is also good for the body and mind.

If you are unsure of the type of exercise you like, why not try various types and see what you like the most. Maybe make a bucket list of activities you haven't done and give it a go! For example if you only do cardio, why not try lightweights? If you do jogging outdoors, why not try cycling? If you enjoy walking, why not try trekking?


TOP TIP 5

SMART GOALS

It is important to set yourself goals which are realistic and achievable. Unachievable goals, will be difficult and when you don't see results, you'll lose motivation or end up believing it doesn't work.

I have been following the SMART principle as part of my studies over many years in the fitness industry.

S - Specific

When setting your goals, focus on specific ones, and what you want out of it, so you can plan effectively.

Saying you want to lose weight, yet you don't know how much weight, or how you will go about it, is not being specific at all. It's not really a goal, it's not realistic, and you have know idea how long it will take you to achieve it.

M - Measurable

It is also important to know how you will measure your progress and re-evaluate when necessary.

Here's an example; I set myself a short term goal recently to lose 4.5kg and that's approx 1kg a week. I would weigh myself weekly to see if I achieved my 1kg weight loss, if I didn't, I would then re-evaluate my training program

A - Achievable

When setting a goal it is also important to look at the resources and skills you have for it.

The equipment's I have and the type of training I can do using the resources and using my knowledge will help me and has helped me achieve my goal within the time frame I had given myself.

R - Realistic

If your goals are not realistic then it will be difficult to achieve any results, or stay motivated.

T - Time Phased

You will also need to plan out how long it'll take you to achieve your goal

So for me to lose 4.5kg it'll take me approximately 1kg a week, so roughly 4-5 weeks I should be able to achieve my goal weight. Just to confirm, I have already achieved my goal weight!

Remember there's no secret way of losing weight, but realistic smart goals will help you plan better, and lose weight steadily.

Being consistent and planning will play an important role in you achieving your weight loss goals

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