Scenario: You have 3 months to lose 20 pounds…go!
How are you going to do it? What’s your plan? Are you going to work out every day? Are you going to start cutting out meals, or carbs, or fats? Will it work? Many people know they want to lose weight, but they don’t know exactly how to go about it. Lucky for you, we help people lose weight all the time, and we know exactly how to do it. Here are the two keys to help you on this weight loss journey:
The first key is this: education. This is fairly simple- you need to know the right steps to take. There are two major questions involved here: 1. How much food should you eat? 2. How much should you exercise?
You need to be eating enough food so that you are burning just a few hundred calories more than what you’re taking in. If you don’t eat enough your body will go into starvation mode and start storing fat and burning muscle. If you eat too much, your body will store fat for future energy needs. Come check out the Inbody 570 to help you figure out a good starting point for how many calories you should be eating per day.
You should be properly strength training twice a week and staying active outside of the gym. Intense strength training will help burn calories during your workout and for the next few days after your workout as your muscles recover. It also builds muscle, which helps increase your metabolism. Staying active (bike riding, going on walks) will help keep your metabolism going as well.
So now you know that you need to eat the proper amounts and exercise properly. What else is there to do lose weight? Nothing! As long as you actually do it! The second key is this: application. Application means actually doing the things you know how to do. How do you make sure you apply your knowledge of nutrition and strength training to help you lose weight? Here are four points to help you:
- Get social. Getting together with another person or a group can be great for holding you accountable, keeping you motivated and keeping it all fun as you eat right and exercise properly. You could go on a walk with your family after dinner, bike the causeway with a friend, or plan to meet in the morning with some people at work as you all eat healthy breakfasts.
- Plan ahead. Planning ahead for your meals instead of stopping to get fast food on your way home or digging through the pantry can help ensure that you’re making healthy choices, instead of convenient, possibly unhealthy, choices.
- Set a schedule. This goes along with planning ahead, but for myself I’m never as consistent with my workouts as when I’m working out on a fixed schedule. I also prepare most of my meals on a fixed schedule (I cook a ton of food Sunday afternoon) so that I can be prepared for days when I get really busy and can’t cook (every day besides Sunday).
- Set realistic goals. Give yourself something to work for so that when it gets tough you have something to keep you focused. Also, imagine how good you will feel (and look) once you actually reach that goal of losing 20 pounds, or weighing the same as you did in high school.
So there you have it- the education and application of how to lose weight. Some of you reading this are going to take this and run with it, and be super models in no time. Others need a little extra help, so we have a solution for you: our fat loss course, Accelerated Fat Loss 101.
Accelerated Fat Loss 101, which starts November 11, covers the education and application of losing weight, and it does so in great detail. The course consists of 12 weekly one hour classes all about proper nutrition and healthy habits so that you can finally lose the extra 20 pounds you’ve been sick and tired of. It also includes an InBody test before and after the program so you can see exactly how much fat you’ve lost, a nutrition journal to help you know exactly what you’re eating and access for an entire year to our online meal planning program. In addition to the education you get at the weekly courses, you will get accountability and motivation from both the Rock Solid Fitness staff and your classmates to keep you going, even when it gets tough. Space is limited and the deadline to register is November 9, so call us today at 727-282-1800 to sign up!