How to Lose Weight
Summer is finally here and we all know what that means: at long last, it is the day of reckoning for those of us working on attaining that perfect bikini body. Chances are, some of you have reached your goal, and are probably now concerned about maintaining your newly achieved figure. But don’t lose hope if you’re not there yet because these helpful tips will benefit everyone interested in slimming down – no matter where they are in the process.
Based on information collected and published by the National Weight Control Registry, we’ve compiled four major areas to focus on for those interested in losing weight and keeping it off. The registry keeps track of just about everything you need to know about weight loss, and after studying over 10,000 participants, they’ve concluded that there is no single way to get to your goal. Knowing that there are many different paths to weight loss and maintenance, they’ve identified four important lifestyle factors closely linked to weight loss.
First up is the first – and the most important – meal of the day, breakfast. Although it also happens to be one of the easiest meals to skip, it’s important to get some protein into your system as early as possible. Protein stimulates your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day, so ideally, try to eat a breakfast with protein. Studies suggest anywhere between 13 and 20 grams of protein is ideal.
Next up, is the topic of the scale – and the dreaded weigh-in. Even if you’re the type who prefers to avoid the scale at all costs, it is an incredibly important tool in tracking and regulating your progress. Since it’s normal for weight to fluctuate throughout the course of the week, a daily weigh-in isn’t necessary, but research suggests that weighing yourself regularly is beneficial for weight loss. If you’re ready to crunch numbers, it was deemed useful to do so up to three times per week.
Now, get honest with yourself about the time you spend glued to the tube because another trend associated with weight loss was watching less than 10 hours of TV per week. You might consider rewarding yourself with TV time on days that you are productive, eat healthily, or get a workout in – but at the very least, minimize the time spent immobile on the couch.
Think about it: the less time spent bingeing on your favorite TV shows, also means less time spent mindlessly snacking while doing so!
Last is literally the end all, be all of weight loss – regular exercise. Exercising regularly is the most important thing you can do for your weight loss goals! 90% of participants in the NWCR study were active for at least an hour per day – which sounds like a manageable goal for each of us to adopt, does it not? These sixty minutes of movement do not have to be full-on cardio, nor do they have to take place all in one chunk – but making a conscious effort to keep yourself moving for at least an hour will undoubtedly be to your benefit. It all comes down to staying active!
So, now that you have these four target areas around which to focus your weight loss efforts, get moving! The sooner we adopt these pointers and make changes to our lifestyles, the sooner we’ll be spending our days at the beach – flaunting our flawless bikini bods!