Wednesday, 10 July 2013

5 Tips For Successful Weight Loss

By Barb Taylor

Losing weight requires hard work and discipline. Most people start out with a strong commitment to succeed only to give up after a week or two. There are some things you can do to avoid sabotaging your weight loss, such as:

Overestimating The Amount Of Calories Burned In A Workout

Calorie expenditure tables are a common method used to calculate the number of calories burned while working out. Problem is that these tables are typically inaccurate.

Relying on these tables can be detrimental to your weight loss because they tend to significantly over estimate the number of calories burned during a workout.

The best way to accurately determine the number of calories you burn is to use a heart rate monitor.

Avoiding Strength Training

For maximum calorie burn and weight loss, it is important to add strength training to your exercise routine. Strength training is vital because it builds and tones muscles. Having strong muscles will boost your metabolism and increase the amount of fat you burn.

If you are doing everything you should be doing and still not losing weight add in some strength training. You might be surprised by what a difference it makes in your results.

Drinking To Much Alcohol

Drinking alcohol will cause your body to burn less fat, because it will begin working to process and eliminate the alcohol first.

Not only does alcohol alter your bodys normal digestion process, it also stimulates hunger causing you to eat more.

A drink a two every now and again is fine but drinking regularly can be detrimental to your waist line.

Not Eating A Meal

In theory cutting back on meals seems like a logical way to reduce calories. Unfortunately, dong this may actually cause you to gain weight.

If you deprive your body of the food it needs, it will begin to store food instead of burning it off.

Also when you skip meals you tend to overeat when you finally do have a meal

To avoid this, dont skip a meal instead eat 5 or six mini meals daily. This will provide the energy you need for the day and prevent you from indulging in unhealthy and unnecessary snacking. Whatever your daily calorie goal is, divide it by six to get the approximate number of calories each meal should contain.

Setting Unrealistic Weight Loss Goals

Setting unattainable weight loss goals is one of the main reasons so many people do not achieve their weight loss goals. They turn on the tv and see that there favorite celebrity just lost 30 pounds in a month and that becomes the goal they set for themselves.

Reality is healthy weight loss takes time. Your weight loss target should be no more than 2 pounds per week.

Those who lose weight at this rate, tend to be more successful at keeping it off longer.

Being aware of things that can hinder your weight loss is key. These weight loss tips can be an instrumental part of a long term successful weight loss plan.

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