6 Things To Know About Weight Loss
1. Weight loss never follows a straight line
In an ideal world, we would jump on the scale every morning and see the number decrease. It would be a complete downhill slope from the day we started our journey. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, this just doesn’t happen. Our weight will fluctuate on a daily basis and this is just part of the process. Personally I prefer to avoid the scale altogether and use measurements to gauge progress.
2. Weight Loss should not take over your life
Living a life of eating just chicken and asparagus from a tupperware container is NOT fun. Life is meant to be lived and that might mean an occasional piece of pizza or glass of wine.
The key here is to learn moderation and create healthy eating habits. Life happens, parties, vacations, etc. and you will need to learn to navigate these situations! M
3. Abs really are made in the kitchen.
You can not out-train a bad diet. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how many pounds you can squat. If you are eating garbage food, it is going to show up on your body.
Please do not tell yourself you can eat whatever you want because you go to the gym every morning.
4. Weight loss does not mean you have to eat less or starve yourself.
“Eat less, move more” seems to be the mantra when it comes to weight loss. This, however, is a myth. You need to focus on eating the right foods for your body. Food that nourishes you and keeps you satiated. Focus on lean proteins, plenty of greens while reducing sugar, simple carbs, and alcohol.
If you are constantly restricting your food, this will lead to more issues down the line, including a slower metabolism. You need to eat to keep the fire (metabolism) burning.
5. You need more than cardio to lose weight
When I ask women what they do in the gym, most of them answer either the elliptical or treadmill. I understand, I used to do the same thing. I love the feeling of sweat dripping down my face.
Cardio, however, is not going to burn as many calories over the long term as weight lifting. Strength training is hands down the best way to build lean muscles and ramp up your metabolism so you can burn more calories at rest.
6. Reduce your stress and sleep more
When your body is tired or stressed, it produces 2 hormones that will work against you when it comes to weight loss.
Grehlin will tell your body that it is hungry, even when it isn’t. Ever stay up late and think “hey, I need a snack?”. That is grehlin talking.
The other hormone is cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. When your body is under constant stress, it puts your body into fight or flight mode. This creates excess cortisol, which tells your body to store fat.
Stress reduction is critical when it comes to female weight loss. Find a way to wind down from it all and make sure you get enough sleep. Trust me, I understand how difficult that is to do on a daily basis, but you will feel so much better!