This discussion has been going on for many years. We live in a world overloaded with information on weight loss, new fad diets or a new exercise craze. It's no wonder we are all confused and many feel lost in a frustrating cycle of weight loss and weight gain.
Some have the opinion that we should be focusing on nutrition and the energy balance equation, creating a daily calorie deficit. This is very true and should be part of our thinking patterns when it comes to meal times every single day. The fad diets however can take this to the extreme and bring your body into starvation mode increasing weight loss in the future. It's taking one step forward and 10 steps back! These diets are not sustainable.
We must not forget the long term importance of consistent exercise for weight loss and long term health. Exercise is not just about burning off those extra calories to aid us in the calorie deficit each day, it is about making your body more efficient, a fat burning machine with the aid of weight training. The more lean muscle you have, the more fat you are burning off all the time!
So what's the secret and where should your focus be for real results that you will stick to?
The key is both exercise and nutrition but you must keep it consistent. Here are some useful tips that you can incorporate into your everyday life to get you the results you need:
I could go on and on with healthy tips, it really is a mind field and one that I have learnt about in my years of personal training and keeping in shape. There are no shortcuts. It is long term commitment and fitting it all into your lifestyle. Everyone is different and some methods work for some and other tricks work for others. Find what works for you, not your friends or neighbours. Its all about trial and error.
Keep happy, healthy and motivated and enjoy the journey. Always look forward.