Most fitness enthusiasts will tell you that weight loss is a journey and not a destination. But for many of us, the chief motivation behind working out and eating healthy is to actually see those excess pounds drop from the scale. An evident lull in weight loss even as you maintain the same routine can be very frustrating and can lead one to spiral back to their unhealthy ways of life. While sticking consistently to a training and diet plan is the first step towards losing weight, there might be more to your journey than that meets the eye. If you haven’t seen visible calorie reduction despite your efforts then here are three golden rules you need to follow to make your weight loss journey a success.
More Anaerobic Exercises
Anaerobic exercises like circuit workouts and HIIT, rev up your metabolism and keep your body in burn-mode even after you’ve finished your workout. With just 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) you can burn more calories, instead of by just running on the treadmill for a few hours. HIIT burns fat and encourages muscle growth like no other activity out there, and you need little more than your own bodyweight and some space. It should be a staple for anyone who’s looking to build themselves up or tone down.
Strength Training Before Cardio
If you want to lose weight, then you need to definitely start off your workout with strength training instead of running on the treadmill. The strength training causes an “afterburn” effect where your resting metabolism is heightened and which also helps to aid in your muscle recovery. The result of this is an increased calorie burn, long after the workout is over. This is said to be an ideal state to begin your cardio session. So, if you strength train first and then do lower-intensity cardio immediately after, you create an environment in your body is conducive to fat metabolism. This means that when it’s time for you to do cardio, your body will be primed to burn fat at a higher rate than if you had started with the other way round.
Eat Clean, Not Less
Going on a weight loss mission with a fad diet or working out after cutting food intake dramatically is a bad idea. For one, the workout will not have any effect on your body, and two your body will start to lose important vitamins and minerals which are key to weight loss. The first step to getting healthier is eating clean – not giving up food entirely. Clean eating is a smart of going back to the basics and it helps change your diet habits one meal at a time, without any sudden paradigm shifts. Include a diet rich in whole foods and fruit, curb your junk food enthusiasm and minimize the intake of processed dairy, sugars and fats.