With so many weight loss hacks, tips and suggestions out there, it can be confusing to know which advice to ignore and which you should pay close attention to.
Well, that’s what we’re here for! Avoid losing precious time in your weight loss journey from following the wrong advice, and put these essential tips to the test — we’ll help you stay on track and follow a safe plan for losing weight.
1. Drink More Water
Sure, you’ve heard it time and time again, but chances are you’re still not drinking enough water. If your body is made up of 70% water, doesn’t it make sense to replenish it with more than 2 bottles a day? Triple that number to start seeing the benefits of staying hydrated.
Dehydration often comes in the form of hunger, which could be the reason you find yourself snacking more throughout the day. Have you ever eaten a full meal only to still feel hungry? That is dehydration sneakily derailing your weight loss goals. Whenever you feel a hunger pang, drink water first.
Chances are you won’t continue on with your snack. Besides just battling hunger, staying hydrated can prevent headaches and muscle aches, also caused from lack of hydration.
2. Time Your Cardio
When weight loss is your goal, it’s important to always perform cardio exercises after strength training. Cardio exercise during a fasted period, such as after a strength training workout, puts your body into a fat burning threshold. It also gives you the most energy to tackle a workout with cardio last, so your muscles are not exhausted.
3. Incorporate Strength Training
Are you still ignoring the advice to begin a strength training regimen for weight loss? We understand your hesitation — you want to wait until you’ve lost weight to begin strength training. But the truth is you will lose weight faster by building muscle.
Building muscle will help speed up your metabolism so your weight loss efforts will be maximized. Don’t think you have to train to be a bodybuilder. It’s always important to start with weight you are comfortable with that will still help you build muscle.
4. Abs Are Made in the Kitchen
This popular saying is nothing but true. Even if your goal isn’t six-pack abs (just yet), it’s true that nutrition is imperative to weight loss. If you do begin to lose weight without changing your diet, you will only see so many results until your diet stands in your way. You can’t out work a bad diet. If you’re making a lifestyle change to exercise more, it’s important to find a diet that complements your efforts as well. An easy guide to begin with, is to cut out processed foods; this will remove a lot of fat and empty carbs from your diet.
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