By Paul Counts
How many times have you tried to lose weight? Most importantly, how many times have you tried to lose weight and failed? Depressing, isn’t it? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, many of us have tried and failed, all we need is a push in the right direction, and that is what I had done to me! So, instead of being selfish, I’ve decided to let you into my secret, I don’t want to be the only one feeling wonderful and fabulous! So here it is; my 3 top secrets to that amazing bikini beach body...
The three main mistakes people make when losing weight:
It doesn’t matter how many calories you consume (within reason) as long as you burn off more than you eat, you will lose weight.
Keep a food diary, believe me, it is so much easier to control what you eat and to be able to see what sort of food you are eating if you write it down, think of it as a blueprint for where you are going to start your amazing journey. You will be able to see the type of foods you need to cut back on, (notice how I say CUT BACK on, and not cut out? This is because we are human, everyone needs a bit of comfort food now and again, just don’t go all out and finish that pack of cookies, that’s when all your hard work will go down the drain, and no one wants that!) also processed foods, take out, fried foods, these can be classed as a treat every once in a while. You will also be able to see the type of foods you need to introduce into your diet, fresh fruit and vegetables are a staple food that HAS to be introduced into your diet, without these you will not get the goodness you need to not only lose weight, but to lead a healthy diet, also include pulses and beans, and vitamins and minerals Low in fat milk is a must for healthy bones, and you definitely need healthy bones to work out with! Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day, not only is water the best source of refreshment, it washes out all those nasty toxins from your body, also, water is free! What more can you ask for?!
Get a weight-loss buddy to write food diaries with, having someone who will watch what they eat with you is so motivational! You can even talk to them when you are having a bad day! Play a game with them, if you have a bad day food wise, ask them to give you an exercise to do to make up for that slip up, it also works vice-versa! If you really want to be a good weight-loss buddy, you might even do that extra exercise with them, not only are you helping them work out, you can motivate them!
Now that you have un-covered the first step to your new look, the rest is easy!
‘People DON’T use a combination of diet and exercise’. This is so true; people think that if they just eat right, they will lose weight. This is true to an extent, but what happens when you lose weight but don’t exercise? You don’t get toned, you stomach can become saggy, your arms become saggy and you don’t get the full benefit of losing that weight! So, how much exercise should we do?
Personalize your goals:
Take into account how much you weigh, how much time you have on your hands, health concerns and your fitness levels.
Set realistic weight loss goals:
Pick a date to start:
Pick a date and STICK TO IT! Do NOT let this date pass you by for anything. Obviously you will have to take in account other commitments: work demands, vacations etc. But in that case, set your date when these commitments are not around.
Write down everything:
Like I said before, write down a food diary, and exercise plan. AGAIN to re-iterate ‘It is a proven scientific fact that visual aids will help you lose weight.’
Adjust your goals if needed:
By Paul Counts
Being a personal trainer for the past 6 years I have many clients that come to me asking how exactly to lose weight and look after themselves. A lot of my clients have the wrong ideas about losing weight; they believe myths about exercise and also the right foods to eat. But the main reason for my clients, and probably 80% of the population, not knowing how to achieve their goals in weight loss is because there are so many different styles and types of weight loss strategies on the internet. I’m not saying that all of them are wrong, but most of them are. Some tell you how much weight you should be losing, but to be honest it depends on your body type/weight and your lifestyle.
There are also all sorts of diets that you can find on the internet with one click of a button, but again, it is down to the individual. You need to find out what diet suits you best and what diet will work for the type of weight loss you want to achieve. You shouldn’t try to lose too much weight in one go, this is a very big no-no! You can become seriously ill by doing this.
I’ve put together some tips to help you along the way:
You should only do around 30 – 40 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week, and you should be sweating by the end of it! This way you do not harm yourself if you have been avoiding working out!
If you want, you don’t have to do the full 30 – 40 minutes of exercise at once, you can break it up into 3 or 4 10 minute sessions, you still need to get your heart rate raised though.
You should take the stairs in work instead of the elevator, also if you take a bus to work you could get off the stop before you need to, and walk the remainder of your journey. If you live close to work, then just walk the whole way.
Why not plan an exercise regime? Stick it up on your refrigerator, or write it in your diary, that way you will never forget what your exercises for the day is.
When it comes to food it is important to eat the right kinds. Fresh fruit and vegetables are an obvious place to start, without these you will have a very unhealthy body, because after all, it’s not only about losing weight, it’s about leading a healthy lifestyle. Pulses like chickpeas and different types of beans are good, and fresh fish is a brilliant source of oils and vitamins, also it is a ‘brain food’ so not only is it health, it will stimulate your brain. Lots of water is good for you also, and on average you should be drinking 7-8 pints of water a day to help wash out the horrible toxins in your body and it also leaves you feeling refreshed.
Why not keep a food diary? Write everything you eat down in it each day and stick it up next to your exercise regime on your refrigerator: It will seriously help you to keep focused on the job at hand. Having a visual aid will also help you see what foods you need to balance out and what foods you need to cut down on!
Finances: How to Pay Off Your Old College Debt ASAP
Are you a woman who has recently finished college? If you have, your focus may be placed on entering the workforce, unless you are already employed. While it is important to focus on work and improving your work performance, it is also important that you place a focus on the repaying of your college loans. Unfortunately, many women who attend college later end up in debt due to the cost of it. That why you are urged to start paying off your college loans as soon as possible.
When it comes to paying off student loans, many individuals wonder why they should get started with doing so right away. Whether you just graduated one month ago or three years ago, there is a good chance that you have already received a bill requesting you to make a payment on your loan. For many college lenders, this is common practice. It seems as if you are expected to repay your college loan as soon as you graduate. Unfortunately, many women, possibly just like you, are financially unable to do so.
While a large college loan bill may seem like an issue that can’t be solved at the moment, it is important that you do not just push it aside. It is important to remember that loans, including college loans, have an impact on your credit. Even if you are unable to make your full college loan payments as expected, you are advised to at least put a little bit towards your loan repayment each month. In fact, even if you have yet to receive a bill requesting payment, it may be a good idea to start making payments anyways. You can easily do this by contacting your loan lender for additional information.
One of the many reasons why so many recent college graduates have a difficult time making their college loan payments is because their life changes. Many female college graduates need to not only find a job, but get their own apartment, condo, or home. This is an expense that is costly all on its own, not to mention the added costs of furnishings, food, and utilities. If this is a change that you recently had to make, you may want to sit down and make a budget for yourself. The starting point of your budget should include all of the bills that you need to pay, like your rent or mortgage, auto insurance, food, utility bills, and gasoline to and from work. These are expenses that you simply cannot avoid paying.
Once you have an idea of how much money you must spend each month, you can then calculate your monthly income by adding your weekly paychecks. What you will then want to do is determine the difference. If you have any additional money left over, it is advised that you put as much of that money as possible towards the repayment of your college loan. Despite what you may believe, you don’t necessarily have to pay your monthly loan payment all at once. There are many financial lenders that will accept twenty dollars from you one week and fifty dollars from you another. Often times, you will find that lenders just want their money, no matter how it arrives to them.
Although it is advised that you start making payments on your college loan as soon as possible, that time may have already come and gone. If you have been out of college for at least five years, it may be time to consider alternative approaches. If your loan lender is requesting payment in full, a payment that you cannot make, it may be an idea to consider applying for a debt consolidation loan. Although the last thing that you want to do is get another loan, your loan payments will be smaller to pay and this should be much easier for you.
If you are a female who has college debt that you need to repay, it is advised that you work towards doing so at every step in your life. You should always think about the impact of dining out, when you have a debt to repay. By letting your college loans go unpaid, they can reach the point where they are an issue that you can no longer run from.
Are you looking to lose weight? Whether you are interested in losing weight to improve your physical appearance, your health, or both, you may be feeling a little bit hopeless. While many are able to lose weight when they want to do so, others have a little bit harder time. If you are finding it difficult to lose weight, it may be because you are trying to go about losing weight all on your own.
When it comes to weight loss, there are many who find it easier, as well as less embarrassing, to doing their own weight loss program from home. While it is more than possible to exercise and workout by yourself, do you know that you don’t have to? In fact, many who have a workout partner or a workout buddy find it easier to lose weight than going at it along. Two popular reasons as to why those who have a workout partner or a workout buddy see success is because of support and motivation.
As nice as it is to hear that you should think about getting a workout buddy or a workout partner, to help you exercise and to help you lose weight, you may be wondering where that person may come from. You don’t actually have to look very far. If you are married or if you have a romantic partner, you may want to think about asking them to join you. Even if your partner isn’t a fan of exercising and working out, you can place a “quality time,” spin on it. In fact, if your partner is a little bit overweight or out of shape themselves, they may even want to join you in your weight loss adventures. This is the ultimate show of support.
In addition to a romantic partner, you may want to think about asking any of your friends or family members if they would like to be your workout buddy or workout partner. When approaching your friends or family members, it is important to not focus on their weight or their physical appearance. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of assuming that those that they know who are already in perfect shape wouldn’t have any reason to exercise, but you may be surprised. For that reason, you are advised to ask any friends or family members that you know to join you when you workout.
If you have asked those that you know to join you as a workout buddy or a workout partner and you have still come up empty handed, you may want to consider joining a weight loss program. Locally operated weight loss programs are ideal, as you often get membership perks, like access to proven exercises, as well as healthy meals. Another benefit to joining a locally operated weight loss program is the support from other members. There is a good chance that one or more of your other weight loss program members would love to join you when you exercise.
If and when you get a workout buddy, it may be a good idea to “spice up,” your exercises a bit. For instance, you may want to let your workout buddy or partner choose your exercises or activities for one day and then you choose for the next. This may help to keep your exercises fun and exciting.