Sunday, October 14, 2012

How To Enjoy Sensible Weight Loss

By Russ Howe

There are so many myths surrounding the health, fitness and diet industry that the fact of the matter is whether you are trying to build muscle, or find out how to lose weight or simply get fitter you have one hundred different people telling you one hundred different miracle products are what you need. If you've had enough, you'll enjoy our read today.

There are enough gimmicks and celebrity style get fit quick plans out there to get you lost forever, so what we'll be focusing on today are a series of proven, time tested methods.

If you're after results these steps will bring them. No nonsense, nothing to buy, no endorsements. Just proven methods from years spent training individuals in the gym.

It's time to get moving.

* Learn how to work at a calorie deficit.

What does this mean? Like most things in fitness it isn't as hard as it sounds. A calorie deficit basically means eating less calories per day (or per week) than you do right now. People often go wrong here though, cutting so drastically that their body enters starvation mode and actually stores fat. Don't starve yourself, cut out no more than 200 calories per day until you have reached your daily target rather than making a sudden, shocking jump. This step alone is where many people get lost.

* More protein means more results.

Even if you are not concerned with getting muscular you don't want to be losing muscle. Lose the bad weight, i.e. fat, not the good weight. Your body's natural reaction to you eating less fat and carbs is to look to burn muscle instead. Kill this and force it to hang onto your muscle by consuming more protein when dieting.

* Go with protein snacks, not carbs.

Protein has the least effect of fat storage of the three food types. Eat a lot of carbs and you will see your body fat rise. So it makes sense that those daily snacks we all need should come from protein rich sources like fish or chicken, right? This step is often underestimated, a real fat loss secret.

* Use our tubs approach.

One of the greatest fat loss tricks is a simple yet effective method of using small tubs as your unplanned extra meals throughout the day when you feel temptation calling. When you are at work with no healthy food in sight you are likely to crash the vending machine, right? No more. Take three to four small tubs in your back pack to work, you will be able to squeeze perhaps a 50 to 100 calorie snack in each one. Better still, try to keep these snacks protein rich and you will explode your results.

* Don't cut out your favorite junk foods while dieting.

The worst thing you can do when dieting is to feel like you are punishing yourself for wanting to get a better body. If all of your favorite junk foods are now forbidden you will probably give in to temptation and crash off your diet in spectacular fashion every time. Long term it actually pays to take a day off from your diet every week and enjoy your favorite foods as you wish. Be warned though, there is a difference between having a nice cheat day and having Christmas day.

These simple, time proven tricks have the backing of professional athletes and trainers alike. Apply them to your current regime and you will have your mind blown by the possibilities you unlock. If you are serious about building a better physique and figuring out how to lose weight properly, you can begin today.

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