Monday, 2 September 2013
If your serious about losing weight then follow this simple equation;
The calories you use must be greater than the calories you consume
So if you consume 1800 calories in a day but only do enough activity to burn 1600 calories you wont lose any weight and may even put some on.
However if you consume 1800 calories a day and do enough activity to burn 2200 calories you WILL lose weight. THOSE CALORIES HAVE TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. Logical isn’t it?
The best way to regulate your weight is the same today as it has always been, a good balance of diet and exercise. Remember an hour of activity does not burn enough calories for you to sit on the couch for the rest of the day so sustained activity is best. Take weight loss as a long term goal, if you can shed 2-3 pounds a week for the first few weeks and then 1 pound a week after that, then you are doing well and it has been proven in many studies that slow and steady weight loss means you are less likely to put the weight back on again.
Think about it, to lose weight slowly means you must follow your weight loss regime for a longer period, the longer you follow it for the more habit forming it becomes. Therefor slow and steady weight loss is more likely to result in a real lifestyle change that will keep you slimmer and healthier for life, not just until your enthusiasm wears off.
One last tip, there is no such thing as time off at the weekend, sorry but for real success you need to follow your program 7 days a week. Good habits will not form if you keep breaking the routine.
So, small amounts of sustained effort is more effective than a big mad, burst of enthusiasm.
Also remember when you do an exercise session not to sabotage yourself with after class rewards;
40mins Spinning class = calories used 424
2 pints of beer after class and a bag of crisps = calories consumed 455.
Your calorie intake is greater than your usage!
I know so many people who think that small amounts of exercise will compensate for treats, it isn’t THAT easy!
Good luck and good health.