If you’re looking to get yourself in shape, so you can take off your shirt with a lean, tanned, ripped, muscular physique as opposed to a pasty flabby one, then starting with your body fat is a great place to begin. Unless you’re one of the very few people in the world that are actually at their optimal weight, and it really is a case of being in the minority as obesity levels worldwide are now at an all-time high, then you’re going to be looking for some useful tips to help you shape up and slim down. If you’re looking to burn away unsightly fat from your waistline, or anywhere else for that matter, there are several things you can do to lose fat, and they don’t involve you starving yourself on lettuce leaves or steamed chicken breasts either.
Try to walk more – People don’t always realize this, but walking has the potential to burn more calories than jogging, especially if you happen to be walking on an incline or steep gradient. If you run out of something, rather than jumping in the car to drive a few metres or yards away, why not walk instead. That way you’re getting some fresh air, you’re getting some exercise, and you’re helping the planet as well.
Invest in a cycle – Want a really fun way to lose weight and improve your fitness? Then make sure you invest in a cycle. Cycling is a great form of exercise and it is also a very practical way of getting from one place to another. You could cycle to work, to the shops for a few things, or you could even head out on a bike ride on the weekend with your friends and/or family.
Learn how to eat well for less – One of the most common excuses that people come up with for not eating healthily is that they “can’t afford healthy foods” or that “healthy food is too expensive”. That’s nonsense. If you were to eat fresh organic produce then of course you’ll pay more, because it’s better, but there are plenty of healthy and fresh foods that cost very little to purchase. Fresh fruit and vegetables in bulk for instance, cost very little, and even certain cuts of meat can be purchased for very little. You need to shop around, do your research, find out which foods are healthy and how well they keep etc, but once you know, you’ll actually save money and will look and feel great too.
Don’t diet! – Believe it or not, diets are no good for sustainable long-term weight loss. When people finish their diets, or have time off from a diet, what do they do? They binge eat on junk food and all of the foods that they were refusing themselves. This behaviour leads to weight gain which is why people gain back their weight so quickly after finishing their diets. Don’t go on a diet, make some lifestyle changes instead. Eat delicious and nutritious healthy foods, drink more water, don’t starve yourself, and don’t think of what you’re doing as a diet. These changes should stay with you for the rest of your life, and if you fancy a treat now and then, have one, but make sure it is just one, and do so in moderation!