Fitness Basics: Weight Loss
After how many years, gyms are finally set to open on 25th July.
I don’t know about you, but as for me...the quarantine pounds have really started to show, so gyms opening is the best news I’ve heard in a long time.
In 2019 I managed to lose 20kg and could not have done it without the gym.
My fitness journey taught me that reaching your ideal fitness level can come with many challenges.
With gyms reopening I thought we could do with some tips to get us motivated.
I'm going to be talking about weight loss, as this was the focus of my personal journey...
Please remember that everyones relationship with their body is different...so the way we each approach fitness will vary!
In order to lose weight you must be in a caloric deficit. This means you must consume less calories than your body expends i.e. burn more than you eat.
Don’t just cut out bad habits, try to replace them! Your environment can influence your bad habits, so try to avoid foods that trigger them.
“Change your environment and you’ll change your outcome”.
Take It Easy
Fitness is a journey...avoid going cold turkey and introduce changing habits one step at a time. You’re more likely to be successful if you change your habits gradually and over time.
I cannot stress this enough, take pictures so you can track your progress. These are especially useful for days where you feel low or need reminding about how far you’ve come!
Focus On You
It can be hard not to compare your journey with others...but it’s important to remember that we’re all different. If you don’t see results at first, do not be discouraged.
Use other people’s journeys for motivation and not comparisons.
Losing weight taught me it’s not enough just be motivated, but you must be disciplined. If we are not disciplined, then results will not come. You need to be prepared to remove things that hinder your progress and say no when it matters.
In order to reach your goals, you have to be consistent. I always say that with consistency comes discipline. This means working out 2-4 times a week over a period of time is much better than working out every now and again.
Before embarking on your fitness journey, make a plan. Plan how many times a week you intend to work out, know what exercises you want to do before entering the gym and write down what you do.
Planning ensures your workouts are effective and efficient.
There are plenty of resources out there (like my workout guide!)
Above all, diet is the MOST important aspect of fitness. You can work out all you want, but if your diet isn’t right then success is unlikely. You can’t expect results if you don't consume healthier meals.
Reward and Rest
Try not to deprive yourself of indulgent foods for too long. Have a cheat meal every week if you must (just don’t overdo it).
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up - learn from it and keep going!
Additionally make sure to rest, your body needs to recover. It’s good to push yourself, but not to the point that you can’t carry out your workouts.
Whether you’re trying to lose 2kg or 20kg, I hope these tips were useful and you can incorporate them into your fitness journey. If you’re looking for how to start or want more guidance I have a workout guide on sale including both home and gym workouts! Click on the link below to purchase:
Exercise is a wonderful thing, not only for weight loss - but also for getting stronger, maintaining your weight and improving your mental health!
So whatever your fitness goal...