If you’re trying to lose weight, one of the most important decisions you will make is how to structure your diet and exercise routine.
This is absolutely essential to any weight loss regimen, because your diet and your exercise need to go hand in hand. If you have an endurance aerobic focus, like training for a marathon, for example, your diet will necessarily have more carbs and simple sugars, whereas an anaerobic routine, like weight training, will be better supplemented by a high protein diet.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Match Calories to Calorie Burn
One crucial mistake many people is that they think that in order to lose weight they need to cut calories. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While yes, it is true that your weight loss will come in part from managing your calorie intake, it’s important to keep in mind that your calories need to be considered in relation to your calorie burn.
If you do extensive weight training for 90 minutes everyday, burning thousands of calories in a single session, there’s no way your diet should be trying to cut back on your calorie intake. That’s a recipe for disaster.
A better approach is to try to cut back on unnecessary, or malnourishing calories, like chips, candy, or soda, and replace them with nourishing alternatives, like fruits and vegetables.
Think Long Term
The second key aspect is to make sure that you’re planning a diet and exercise program that can work for you in the long term. While you might have some short term elements included in your program, which can help to jump start your weight loss, ultimately the key to keeping weight off is to create a long term, sustainable program of health.
Make It Achievable
Finally, it’s important to make sure that whatever your goals are, they’re realistic and will be achievable for you. Many people start out with a plan that is too aggressive. They then feel overwhelmed and never get started, or follow the program for a short time frame only to drop off because it’s too difficult.
It’s better to start small and make consistent improvements over time. That way, you can feel proud of your accomplishments along the way, and the gains you make and consistency of staying with your plan will motivate and propel you on to achieving bigger, more aggressive goals!