About two or three years ago, Time Magazine came out with an article about the effect of diet and exercise on weight loss. The conclusion was basically that exercise plays a minimum effect. As I remember, this article caused an uproar in the fitness community. And though not a popular idea, it had a lot of truth. Diets may be the number one thing that controls weight loss but exercise benefits the body in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite:
Helps Control Weight
I know what I just said. Diet aids weight loss more than exercise. But, exercise still burns calories, boosts the metabolism, and allows you eat more!
Being active, no matter your weight, helps to reduce your bad cholesterol levels which can lower your blood pressure and works to prevent heart disease.
Improves your Mood
“Exercise gives you endorphins and [...]
Trying to lose weight can be difficult. I know, I know, this is nothing new! But hear what am about to talk about, it could help you! About 46 million Americans go on a diet each year and about 5 percent manage to keep the weight off. There are many ways to go about trying to lose weight. Tracking, following one of the thousands of fad diets, hire a trainer or dietitian, do bootcamps…. the list goes on and on.
One of the best ways is social support groups – whether its online or in person – having someone to talk to and relate to has shown higher success rates than for those who try to do the weight loss thing all alone. Having someone there to give you motivational support and guidance is one of the most beneficial things you can [...]
Your first step to weight loss is to compare yourself to yourself and yourself only. We all compare ourselves to the 5 foot 8 inch girl we know who weighs 120 pounds and eats BLT’s everyday. Competing with others will only hinder us of reaching out own goals. Love Yourself!
Have a Plan
Make a plan and stick to it. Plan your meals and workout to make it easier to accomplish your goals. Realize your faults and plan around them. If you always skip breakfast, make something in advanced that you just have to heat up (our egg muffins are prefect for busy mornings) or buy some low sugar protein bars to have on-the-go.
Plan Cheat Meals
If you really want to lose weight you need to eat clean and accept that a [...]
One thing that has always motivated me in my weight loss journey is looking at Before/After or Before/During Progress photos. They can be so motivating! I appreciate anyone who shares these images of themselves. It’s so encouraging to see others succeed! Am I right? And I am sure its rewarding for them to share their progress. They should be proud of their loss, even if you haven’t made it to your goal weight.
Progress is progress, no matter how small!
Us over here at Women’s Diet Network would love to share YOUR stories of success. We will include a little questionairre on how you did it and any tips or advice you have for others. Let’s motivate each other! Want to motivate and inspire others? Or be inspired and motivated? This little bit of encouragement can go a long way! I was a little hesitant to share because it’s hard to show [...]
This is a the perfect cardio and strength workout when you are crunched for time. You can do it at home or in the gym all you need is a timer and weights. I use “Interval Timer” on the iphone. It is a free app that allows you to completely customize your fitness routine. You can set the length or your warm up, intervals, and cool down.
1. Do each exercise for one minute. You will rotate between strength and cardio moves.
2. Start each exercise in full effort. If you tire before the minute is up, modify until you build your cardio and strength. Example: if you tire while doing curls using your heaviest weight before the minute is up, move to a lighter weight and finish the minute. Same with push ups, start on your feet and more to your knees [...]