Lose Fat And Keep It Off
You’ve seen it all before from “experts” in magazines and on TV shows, claiming; “get your best body in 4 weeks!” or “how to lose fat in 6 days!” Let’s be honest, the individuals giving you this “secret plan” or “cutting edge program,” did not achieve their physique’s 2 months prior to their interview or photo-shoot. The idea that you can completely revolutionize your body in 6-12 weeks is not attainable.
Ok, then what is realistic?
If you find yourself 25, 35 or 50 pounds overweight, its probably safe to say that you didn’t put on this extra weight over the course of 6-12 weeks. Most likely this added weight was acquired over the course of multiple years. Now, this is not to say that it is going to take equal time to drop the weight!
People need to expect that in order to drop this unwanted weight it is going to take hard work, discipline and several months. Multiple studies have shown that losing between 1-2 pounds per week is a safe and effective target to shoot for.
It would be nice if weight loss moved in a linear-downward fashion, however; this isn’t always the case. Most of the time your weight loss journey will travel in a undulating pattern. This is why it is best to measure progress over the course of a month. Don’t stress yourself out constantly measuring and weighing yourself every week. Rather look back at the end of the month, if you average 1-2 pound weight loss per week, you’re on track! If progress is slower, drop some calories or if progress is moving too fast, add some calories (your trainer should know how to do this stuff!).
How could progress be “too fast?”
Trying to lose weight too fast may seem flashy and exciting at first, but in order to do so you have to take on dietary restrictions that cannot be duplicated overtime! Limiting your body to very low calories will get results initially but in time, your body correlates these steep restrictions to starvation. To combat this your metabolism is downgraded in order to hold on to each and every calorie! Many individuals who lose fat at a rapid pace, also lose muscle tissue and the worst part, they tend to put the weight back on and more due to the diet not be sustainable!
When improving your physique, it is important to focus on optimal, lifestyle changes, not just a quick fix! Dieting on a healthy amount of calories with the right macronutrient (protein/carbs/fats) ratios will result in sustained weight loss. It is important to lose weight while eating the maximum amount of calories for your body. Paired with an exercise routine, this actually keeps your metabolism running at a high rate!
Lastly, counting calories doesn’t always have to be the answer. Portion control and eating the right macronutrient ratios that fit your body type will do the trick! Here at The Gym of Avon, we match clients with their respective body type and show them how to use their hand size with measuring portion sizes! It works incredibly well because you never leave the house without your hands and most of all this method is sustainable!