If you’re reading this, you might think you are struggling to lose a bit of weight
So why not ask those in the know?
Who better to ask than a personal trainer who -
learned all about fat loss
uses these tips themselves to stay lean
and can make it work even with a busy lifestyle
It is so easy to try out every weight loss ‘secret’ and not find anything that works.
So why not access a professional’s knowledge and see how it’s done.
Us personal trainers all full of tricks and tips to help you lose a few extra pounds, so listen up and start taking action to lose weight the right way.
It could even help you with the dreaded middle-aged spread.
Here are my top 6 weight loss tips…
Your Body is made in the Kitchen
The one most important thing for losing weight is that you are eating right.
If you are eating too much, you will probably be gaining weight.
Even if you are very active, if you overeat you won’t lose weight.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
So, what you make in your kitchen, makes your body.
Avoid the obvious fatty foods such as takeaways and microwave meals.
Instead, trying to cook fresh food will mean it doesn’t contain so many calories and you know exactly what is going into what you eat.
Try top up the amount of protein and vegetables you eat, therefore limiting other foods.
Also, do your best to avoid crisps, sweets and chocolate but also understand that they can be part of a balanced diet too (just not too often).
Drink more water
This is possibly the simplest way to improve your health and lose weight.
Drinking more water will help keep your body functioning at its best meaning you feel good, have more energy and are burning more calories.
Also, when you get dehydrated, it can be mistaken for being hungry – which is not ideal.
So, if you’re feeling hungry mid-morning try to drink some water and it may help stop you from snacking through the day.
Water is also the perfect weight loss drink as it contains zero calories.
That beats any low-calorie shake and even tea or coffee.
More Weight Training
If you’re wanting to build a fat burning body, you need to be doing weight training.
Now don’t be afraid, it doesn’t have to be huge weights clanging and banging in a dark and dingy gym.
Instead, most gyms have machines which are easy to use and great at working your muscles.
If you don’t go to a gym, you can do bodyweight exercises at home or go to a local exercise class.
Whatever you do, if you are maintaining or even building some muscle, this is going to create a body which burns more calories…
…making it much easier to lose weight.
Also, while you are doing these exercises you are burning calories.
It’s a win-win.
This is different from most kinds of cardio.
Jogging is good for burning calories, but it doesn’t help build much muscle so doesn’t have the double weight loss effect that weight training does.
‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’
Pretty dramatic statement usually used when you’re going through your GCSE’s however it really applies to losing weight.
If you leave the house for work without a healthy lunch and snacks, your diet will rapidly go downhill.
When that mid-morning hunger starts creeping in and you don’t have any fruit to satisfy yourself, the vending machine draws you in instead.
At lunch, you need to grab something quick and easy.
Now let’s be honest…
…no one goes to McDonald's for a salad.
When there are so many more attractive choices around you are very likely to give into temptation instead of making the better food choice.
So, if you plan ahead, you’ll have lunch with you meaning there is no need to go out and scoff some fast food.
The vending machine won’t be needed when your bag is full of fruit, yoghurt and nuts.
You can make the right choices all day when they are easily available to you.
But if you don’t plan ahead, they won’t be there, and the next easiest choice is eating something which will contain a lot more calories and put a stop to your weight loss goals.
If getting fit and losing weight is not your priority, it is not going to happen.
Think about how many people you know have tried to lose weight and still struggled.
If you don’t make it a priority you aren’t going to accidentally lose half a stone without doing anything.
When you don’t prioritise exercise, you are not going to do it…
…meaning you're not going to lose as much weight.
What is more attractive?
Sitting and watching Netflix for an hour or going to the gym?
Anyone would say watching Netflix.
And that’s what you will choose if you don’t make exercise a priority.
Schedule some time in which you will complete a workout.
If you know you don’t have anything to do on a Monday evening, plan to exercise between 7pm and 8pm.
It doesn’t have to be a full hour, but this time must be saved for exercise.
You can’t let it be taken over by anything unimportant like a TV program, mindless Facebook scrolling or if you’re feeling ‘tired’.
Whenever you set this time for (try to make it 2 or 3 times a week) make it non-negotiable.
If you want to lose weight you have to make it a priority.
That could even just mean making time for an exercise class.
When you choose to sit and watch Netflix or stay in bed an extra 2 hours you are making that your priority rather than your health.
Try to prioritise exercise a few times a week and you’ll be more determined, and you’ll actually be able to lose some weight.
Yes, it takes some sacrifice, but it doesn’t have to be dramatic.
Plus, it is definitely worth it.
Weight Training is crucial to building a lean, fat burning body, however, you can do this in a quick HIIT workout.
HIIT training is quick bursts of activity followed by a short rest, usually using bodyweight exercises.
It will get you out of breath but is great for burning fat and increasing your metabolism.
When you’re finding time to prioritise your exercise, HIIT training makes it easy as you only need 10-30 minutes to get a decent workout in.
With just a few exercises, you can burn calories and help yourself lose weight.
Plus, it won’t take up all your time and can be done at home.
Weight Loss Tips
I’ve learned a lot about weight loss through becoming a personal trainer and my own experience too.
These tips are not ‘hacks’ or ‘shortcuts’ to losing weight.
They actually require some work.
I try to make it as simple as possible, but it isn’t easy.
It’s definitely not as easy as being overweight.
But which would you prefer?
Again, it's about deciding on your priorities, putting in some work, planning ahead and making sure the right things are going in your body.