Calorie intake has been on the rise as portion sizes continue to increase. Junk food has been the most common reason behind this rise in calorie intake. However, for people who are looking forward to shedding off some of this unwanted fat, here are the five best ways to do so. Don’t wait until January 1st to come around! Get started now.
Hit The Gym:
Well, this does not come as a surprise. Burn calories by finding an exercise routine you actually enjoy. If you don’t, you won’t stick with it. We suggest mixing in weight training rather than straight cardio. If not weights, then at least some sort of resistance training. People that believe weight training will only build muscle are mistaken. Weight training can be very helpful in getting you closer to the body you are proud of.
Regular Long Walks:
It is a good idea to go outside and get some fresh air. Walking is definitely one of the best ways to stay fit, healthy, and maintain your energy levels. Excessive sitting has been shown to be bad for your body, particularly your back muscles.
“Freehand Exercising” – I.e. Yoga:
What a surprise – more exercise! You don’t have to be at the gym to do yoga. Yoga can have amazing results if you do it regularly. Not only do you burn calories, but it can help increase flexibility and relieve pressure on those tight muscles.
Music has a natural comforting ability. It helps to soothe the mind and is fun. If you don’t want to spend the money to go to a class that has music, just plug in your own headphones. Chances are, if you are listening to something you like, you will exercise harder and longer.
Track Your Calories:
A healthy diet is the best way to shed calories. Figure out what your caloric intake currently is, and slowly decrease it over the coming weeks. For instance, if you are eating 3000 calories per day, and want to start losing weight in a healthy manner, decrease your caloric intake by about 500 calories per day over a two week period, and see how your body responds over the next week or two. If you’re losing more than one pound per week, you’re probably decreasing your caloric intake too quickly. If you’re not losing any weight, make sure you’re keeping track of those hidden calories you may forget to take into account – i.e. that 3 pm coke, the 4 pm grab at the candy jar, etc.