How many years have you been going to the gym? I started going to a small gym in Bountiful called Bountiful Fitness when the first in my group of friends turned 16 and we had someone to drive us there! I’ve been a member of MANY gyms since then.
I was talking with a friend the other day about how the majority of people you see at the gym, day after day, month after month, and year after year rarely show a change in their bodies. I don’t mean to be discouraging, but it’s kinda true. #1 reason why is CONSISTENCY! and #2 reason why is DIET! I have found that EVERY week, Monday and Tuesday are packed at the gym and then the numbers dwindle to almost nobody by Friday and Saturday. I would guess that most people have the “I WILL START OVER ON MONDAY” mentality. I am GUILTY of that FOR SURE!!! HOWEVER, to lose weight or lose body fat you MUST eat and workout DRAMATICALLY and CONSISTENTLY better!!
I just set up an appointment to have my body fat tested. I’m going to do the hydrostatic underwater test that is the most accurate of body fat tests on Saturday, October 20th!! That gives me 2 weeks! I found great articles from LIVESTRONG.COM about lowering your body fat. Here are the 7 steps I will be following over the next 2 weeks!!
1-Add more fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, and lean meat in your diet. Obviously cut out cakes, cookies, ice cream, deep-fried foods, and candy. Dang it!
2-Drink a full glass of water with your meals and all through the day. I think most people don’t do this enough!
3-Eat small meals every 2-3 hours and start eating as soon as you wake up.
4-At restaurants, stick with foods that are boiled, broiled, baked, or steamed and avoid excess dressing, cheese, creamy sauces, and butter.
5-Chew your food slowly.
6-Spend 3 days (preferably 6) doing high intensity interval training. You can do this with running, spinning, stair climbing, jump roping etc. Start out slow and go back and forth between high bursts of speed and energy to lower intensity.
7-Build muscle in the weight room. When you add 3 lbs. of muscle you have the potential to burn an extra 1,000 calories a week. I’m a HUGE advocate of weight lifting.
There are many more tips and advice at Livestrong.com. GREAT WEBSITE!!
I’m always into inspiring words and people. I read this quote today that I love!
“When the path ignites a soul,
there’s no remaining in place.
The foot touches ground, but not for long.”
Last thoughts and tips for this SPECTACULAR day!
Be 4 you start a plan, write it down!
U never know what you can do until you try!
Hands Down, I feel better when I eat better! So profound.