I should preface this blog first by saying, nutrition is the number one factor you can always control around your weight loss journey.
In case it isn’t obvious, just remember, you can NEVER out train a bad diet!
No matter where you are on your fitness journey, making sure that the fuel you are putting in your body reflects what your goal is. Some fundamental weight loss “food for thought” is to make sure you are consuming less calories than you are burning.
Obvious right? Well, good – so let’s make sure we explore where those calories are coming from too. Oh, and drink lots of water! Like, A LOT! You think you’re drinking enough? DRINK MORE! There are countless studies that show what a difference hydration can make on the metabolism.
Alright, so enough around nutrition... Now you are coming to the gym, and want to start chipping away at your goal. Where to start?
I’ll try to keep this broad, but I can’t stress this enough – Cardio is a non negotiable tool in tackling your weight loss goal. Jump on a spin bike, stationary bike, treadmill, cross trainer, a stair climber, or just go for a walk.
Your goal is to sweat, challenge your heart rate, and lungs. This does not mean go as hard as you can for as long as you can; in fact quite the opposite. Set a timed goal - whatever your comfort level is, and execute at a pace that isn’t a struggle after two minutes!
The magic is in the consistency. Step 1, make a plan. Step 2, execute that plan. Step 3, do not give up!
Now for those of you that cringe at the very idea of having to touch any of that cardio equipment, don’t worry, your options are only limited by your creativity. I should say doesn’t hurt to have a trainer (shameless plug), to put together programs that will maximize your return on time invested in the gym!
HIIT (High Intensity Interval training) circuits are a great way to get your heart rate up, and build muscle at the same time. Easily, one of my favourites with clients for sure. If you don’t like that style of training, then maybe a strength based program to help build some lean muscle might be more your style.
Remember, the more lean muscle you can build the better your body will be at burning those calories from stored fat.