If you are a fitness buff like me, chances are you spend a good part of your day researching methods to catalyze your fitness routine. How to burn fat is one of the most important questions nowadays in 2018. I was lucky to catch an expert session on fat-burning on my xfinity basic cable channels service, and I learned quite a few things. This blog is centered around the information I gleaned from the show and would like to share with all of you. Obviously you can hit the gym hard and follow an all-salad diet. But if you really want to shed weight, and keep it off, you should take a look at these 5 strategies:
1. Multiple Goals
Say you want to lose 30 pounds this year. That is a good goal to have, but getting there can seem a daunting task. Experts reckon it’s easier to get to your main goals if you set 3 or 4 mini-goals along the way. These mini-goals should be weekly or monthly checkpoints where you can measure your progress against your goals. They are meant to be achievable and help you stay on track for the long haul. They don’t necessarily have to be life-changing. Focus on small things like skipping your junk food snacks at night and getting in some training time in the morning. Then you build on these mini goals as you achieve them to get to your main goal.
2. Stay Simple
One of the worst mistakes you can make is signing yourself up for more than you can do when starting a new program. Instead of sustainable changes to your lifestyle, you become stuck chasing difficult or even impossible achievements. You need to make lasting changes to your lifestyle that you can sustain in the long-term. Otherwise, any changes you do achieve won’t last for long. Working out 2 hours every day or never eating carbs again seems easy when you first look at it. But it can become impossible in real life. Your fitness goals should keep in view how you live now and how you want to live in the future. Otherwise, any progress you make is only temporary.
3. Adjust Your Eating Habits
Undoubtedly, exercise is important. But especially in the beginning, the most pressing concern is your diet and eating habits. Studies have shown men can lose up to 5 pounds or more simply by cutting back on their food portions. You can also try having more mini-meals in a day instead of 3 full-sized meals. Abstaining from all processed foods is another great change you can make to your diet. As long as you’re eating high-fiber, high-protein options that are organic, your progress will reflect that.
4. Stop Weighing Yourself
It is widely accepted that muscle weighs more than fat. So make it easy on yourself and stop tracking your progress on the weighing scale. Instead, track it through the inches on your waist or the way your clothes fit. For best results, use fitness to monitor you progress towards your goals. Keep track of how many push-ups and sit-ups you can do in a day. Try measuring the amount of calories and fat you are eating each day and keep it down while increasing protein and fiber intake.
5. Never Say Never
We are all guilty of over-indulgence at some point during our fitness journey. Sometimes it’s impossible to resist a bucket of fried chicken or a box of glazed donuts. We have all been there and honestly, it’s okay. It happens to the best of us. The main thing is to not let it turn into a habit again. In order to successfully lose and keep off weight, you have to learn to forgive yourself for your slip-ups every now and then. Indulgence is human nature and should not be treated too harshly. The idea is to not let it make you give up on your goals. Many people get so shaken by the strength of their cravings that they convince themselves they are not cut out for the fitness lifestyle. This is a huge mistake. You should shake it off and come back with a vengeance. Never allow one slip-up to snowball into a junk food binge. A bad day, a bad month or even a bad year can be turned around. You can get the body you’ve always wanted. But you have to stay on track for that to happen.
Obviously, the road to fitness is a time consuming journey. Don’t expect your body to change as fast as the Xfinity Triple Play packages you get in your area. With consistent hard work and a regimented diet, you will definitely achieve your fitness goals, in time. But for that to happen, you have to start now!