Are you starting your weight loss journey? Here are some things you need to hear about weight loss first that could help you succeed in your long-term goals.
Perfection is subjective. Fitness gurus are everywhere! If you open your Instagram (IG) account and search for #fitness and #weightloss, you’ll probably discover hundreds of accounts of men and women who continuously chronicle their fitness journey. That’s cute. That’s inspiring. But if you strive to have the exact “perfect” body you see online, you’re doomed to fail. Every “body” is different and there’s a pun in there somewhere. While it’s okay to have #bodygoals, hating yourself for not looking as perfect as they are will not do you any good.
It’s not just about exercise. It’s about your diet, too! Weight loss is not just about exercise. It’s also about changing lifestyle habits, most especially you eating habits. You can’t “outrun” a bad diet. So maybe you ate fast food today. Of course, you can burn off the calories on the treadmill later. But that doesn’t mean you can eat another order of fries and burger tomorrow because, well, you’re working out. If you think this way, you’ll end up in a loop. Just like a hamster running on a wheel, you’ll never get anywhere. So what do you do? If you already have a gym membership, get a healthy diet plan in Singapore to help you meet your fitness goals. Remember, abs are also made in the kitchen.
You don’t need to spend 4 hours at the gym. Some people think that the longer you stay at the gym, the more calories you burn off. Wrong! Don’t spend an hour on the treadmill “jogging” or worse, “brisk walking.” Working on the treadmill can be as fast as 20 minutes as long as you get your heart rate up. You can do 20-minute high-intensity interval training (HITT) workout and lose just as much weight. An hour-long kickboxing training can also burn just as much. It’s about the quality of exercise that you do.
You need to celebrate small victories. You need to constantly monitor your weight loss progress and give yourself a pat on the back for small victories. Managed to run 3 times a week without whining? Go ahead and have a cupcake on your cheat day. Completed 5 kickboxing sessions and mastered some basic moves? You deserve that steak! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Weight loss is not an overnight thing.
Start Today! Losing weight and keeping the weight off is a lifestyle change, not just commitment. The latter seems like a time-based thing. Once you reach it, you can easily slip back into old ways. Lifestyle change, on the other hand, is for life and you will definitely reap the benefits. We hope these eye-opening realizations can help motivate you in making that change today.