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Eating the right food, performing the right exercises can not only keep your heart healthy and your health sound, but it can also help manage your weight efficiently.
Having said that, there is always a possibility that you’re doing it all wrong, making mistakes that only backfire.
When it comes to weight loss, diets and workouts play a crucial role. However, if you’re not seeing great results, then it is time to make some amends.
Here are some things you need to do differently, so as to speed up your weight loss process.
1. Choosing exercises that you love
Working out for weight loss is great, but trying out exercises that you only think will work can have its drawbacks. Rather than going with the trend, choose exercises that you love. When you do what you like, you’re more likely to stick around a little longer and may even enjoy what you’re doing. Resorting to exercises you love will only make you more consistent and help you gain the results you’re most expecting.
2. Prioritize consistency, rather than going all in
When you’re either looking to train at home or at the gym, focus on consistency, rather than giving it your all. Pushing yourself and going all in will only exhaust you physically and mentally, making you less interested and withdrawn. Instead you must give yourself some time to settle in and take it slow. Choose simple exercises, take breaks in between, let your body get used to the muscle cramps and soreness.
3. Rest is crucial, give yourself a cheat day
Do not prevent yourself from resting after a tiring, exhaustive day of work out. Everyone needs a cheat day, just like they need a cheat meal. Your body needs rest, it needs to be treated with care. Never feel guilty about taking a break from your busy workout schedule. It is all part of the process.
4. Pay attention to your diet, control portion sizes
Diet plays an important role when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. But it is not only about restricting high caloric intake or resisting certain kinds of food, rather, you must learn to indulge in mindful eating and controlling your portion sizes. Dieting and limiting your food intake is not an option, since it will only deprive you of all the vital nutrients and minerals and will make you weak. Switch to whole, fibre rich foods that can keep you satiated for longer periods of time.
5. Make sleep a priority
Never compromise on your sleep. Take at least 7-8 hours of sleep daily. No matter how hard you work out or restrict your diet, if you’re not sleeping sufficiently, it may lead to an increase in cortisol levels in the body, a hormone that can lead to weight gain.