Weight loss is a major concern for many of us out there, which really isn’t too much of a surprise when you take a step back and look at the whole picture. Being overweight or obese is not just a problem unique to adults in the United States, it is now a global problem affecting many millions of people.
Many of us are so concerned about our weight that it has become an obsession, which we revolve our lives around. Doing things like taking a walk during our lunch break, counting your steps and of course going to the gym more often are things we all do in an effort to lose weight. Many of us are too focused on burning off all of these calories instead of focusing on the real problem, which is with what we put in our bodies.
The first thing many of us need to accept is that we aren’t burning as many calories through exercise as we think we are. This is not bad in and of itself, however many people tend to reward themselves afterwards which can end up in a caloric gain instead of a deficit.
Exercise can be a tool that you can use to help you lose weight, however you shouldn’t fool yourself in to thinking that you are just going to burn off those four slices of pizza you ate the next time you workout.
Your diet should be the number one priority as far as controlling your weight is concerned, with exercise helping to compliment it through increased energy and mood.
Another common thing many people suffer from is the idea that they are eating more calories than they think they are. This coupled with the idea that their exercise program is burning more calories than are common traps that many people fall in to.
It comes down to simply counting calories, which can be really tedious but will really help you get a better idea of what you are eating. The best place to start is your beverages, as it is not difficult to down many of them which are also high in sugar and calories.
Soda, fruit juice and sport drinks are a great place to start, and you should remove them all from your diet. Even if you are someone who exercises regularly, there is no need for a sports drink. You can easily drink one of these and consume more calories than you have during the entire workout itself, defeating your whole purpose.
Many of us dread exercise, and because of this we really give a minimal effort during our routine. We are also still of the belief that low intensity exercise over a long time is the way to go when it comes to fat loss, which makes for a much more boring and mundane routine that no one looks forward to.
Instead of always going for a long bike ride, run or walk, you should switch up your routine. This is not just for your own sanity, but doing so can help you lose weight as well.
Weight training routines are also excellent in helping to lose weight and fat also. Putting on more muscle helps you lose weight because the muscle tissue itself requires more energy to function.
This means that you will be burning more calories through weight training because of the after effects of the muscles needing a constant supply of energy all the time, allowing you to burn fat around the clock.
Being aware of what we eat is rather obvious, however when we eat can affect weight gain too. Eating late at night before we go to bed is known to be bad as our metabolism slows down as we sleep.
Eating at times when we are stressed is bad as well as it has a compounding effect. When we are stressed we release a hormone called cortisol, which also is involved in the retention of fat cells and adipose tissue. More stress means more eating and more fat gain, so try to be mindful of when you are just eating for comfort and not for need.