There are so many numbers being thrown at you when it comes to losing weight, getting fit and eating healthy, it’s no wonder people just focus on the number on the scale.
But that number on the scale doesn’t tell you everything. Focusing only on a weight loss goal can sometimes be unmotivating (if you don’t see the scale drop fast enough). It can also be misleading (if you’re gaining muscle, for example).
And let’s face it, while we’d all love to look like fitness models, it’s just not realistic to set that as a goal. Not even fitness models look like fitness models all the time.
I’m not saying it’s impossible. It’s just that the goal is always to be healthy.
Here’s a cheat sheet you can use on a regular basis to make sure you’re working your way towards healthy fat loss and fitness goals.
Dropping those unwanted pounds can be a frustrating when you’re not seeing any progress.
When you don’t see a change when you step on the scale or a change in body fat percentage, or even a change in how your clothes fit, it’s enough to make you want to give up completely.
You feel discouraged. You’re no longer motivated and start thinking, “Why bother?” Then you go back to the old habits that caused the weight gain in the first place, feeling like an utter failure.
If this is how you’re feeling, there’s a crazy, counter-intuitive strategy I want you to consider trying:
Life can be hectic enough in the morning without have to worry about your weight loss goals. But preparing yourself for a new day with those goals in mind can set you up for success.
Sure, in an ideal world, we’d all be super-organized and have every single meal planned out before we roll out of bed because we would have planned everything the evening before.
I don’t know about you but my brain is fried by day’s end. I really am a morning person.
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, here are five things you can do in the morning to help you lose weight:
Whether you know it as CrossFit, P90X, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Tabata or boot camps, what it comes down to is heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, ‘my clothes are drenched and I can’t move’ intense workouts. Intense workouts burn calories.
But more isn’t always better when it comes to exercise. Should you be doing high intensity exercise? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
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