We are constantly obsessing over our weight. So much so, that we tend to overthink it. We try complicated and unrealistic diets, and attempt to stick to painful, unrelenting workout regimens. And at the end of the day, many of us make little to no progress.
We end up giving up the diet and regaining all the weight. We stay away from the gym for months at a time. Until we learn about a new diet or fitness fad, and are back at it again. The whole thing can be rather unhealthy.
But there is a better way. We already know many of the secrets to successfully losing weight, and if you follow them with some consistency, you will see the results you want.
5 Underrated Exercise Tips
1. Make it Social
The most helpful thing you can do to get yourself motivated and into a good routine is to join a group exercise class. Instructors are great at showing you how to perform exercises properly and give you the boost of energy you need to get started.
You can easily lose 400 calories over the course of an hour and tone your entire body. Plus, attending a class gives you an opportunity to meet likeminded people that are into health and fitness. They often have great exercise tips and know when you’ve missed a class, giving you extra incentive to show up each week.
2. Stick to the Basics
There all kinds of newfangled workout machines and inventive new exercises, but often the basic ones are the best. Skipping, for instance, is an incredible way to burn calories and improve your heart health. It can even help reduce unwanted cellulite.
Other classics like pushups, burpees, squats, and lunges should not be underestimated. They’ve been around forever because they work. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Performing these exercises in a circuit a few times a week will produce results.
3. Spice it Up
The North American diet has become laden with salt, from French fries to canned soups. We eat way too much of it and it has quickly become of the largest contributors to weight gain.
An easy way to reduce your intake is by substituting other spices, which often add way more flavour anyway. In addition, most spices have a variety of other health benefits. Turmeric, for example, is incredibly good for you and helps your body metabolize fat. Chillies can do the same thing.
4. Drink Only Water
Most people consume way too many empty calories in liquid form. Juice and pop are two big offenders and they’re the easiest calories to cut out of your diet. Because they’re empty to begin with, you won’t even notice they’re gone.
To help with your cravings, try reaching for fruit, which contain natural sugars as well as a variety of other nutrients. Alternatives like green tea and lemon water can also help.
5. Don’t Worry About Fat
While you still might think of fat as the enemy, it’s not. Many fats are quite good for you and for improving your metabolism, which helps you lose weight. Fats from nuts and fish, for instance, are great for you.
Of course, losing weight is always going to be hard, but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Consistently following sound advice is the key to reaching your goals.