Too many people who want to lose weight go to the extreme. They follow some crazy and restrictive diet or exercise plan that they can’t possibly stick with for the long term. So they end up quitting eventually. This is why so many people who lose weight end up gaining it all back.
Losing weight can’t be just about the short term. It needs to be about the long term as well. Let’s take a look at a simple but effective way to lose weight and keep it off.
It seems like there are as many weight diets out there as there are people who want to lose weight. Almost any of them can be effective in the beginning. However, most are very restrictive or complicated, which makes sticking to the diet impossible for most people. Everyone is busy. Who has time for complicated and restrictive diets?
If you want to lose weight, there are some very simple nutrition rules you can follow. They also won’t take up a lot of time. But they will take a little thought when grocery shopping.
The most important rule of all is to stay away from processed foods. If you can’t eliminate them, at least cut back as much as you can. What are processed foods? Foods with lots of chemicals. This means most foods that are in a box or bag and can sit on your shelf for a while.
Eliminating processed foods will greatly reduce all the unhealthy chemicals that go into your body, while also increasing the important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you need to stay healthy.
Stick with as much fresh food as possible. This also includes canned foods such as a variety of beans, fruits, and vegetables.
And don’t forget to take some type of essential fatty acid supplement, such as fish or coconut oil.
There is no need to count calories, carbs, proteins, or fats. Eliminating processed foods will go a long way towards losing weight.
For your exercise, you don’t need to live in the gym to get results.
Let’s take a look at a simple exercise program you can follow.
You’ll work out three times per week. No workout needs to be longer than 45 minutes and most can be shorter. The key is the quality of your workout. You’ll want to use high-intensity interval training.
On your non-workout days, take a simple 30-minute walk if you can.
You also don’t need lots of equipment or a fancy gym. You can workout at home with bodyweight exercises or something as simple as a kettlebell or a couple of dumbbells.
When you perform an interval training workout, you’ll perform an exercise for some time such as 30 seconds, and then rest for a set period as well.
Perform the following workout on three non-consecutive days per week, such as Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Perform each exercise for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. Move to the next exercise. Once you’ve completed all five exercises, rest 60 seconds and start over. Complete 5 total rounds.
- Bodyweight Squat
- Push Up
- Alternating Reverse Lunges
- Jumping Jacks
- Kettlebell Swing
If you’re brand new to exercising, start with only 2 rounds. Stick with 2 rounds for a couple of workouts before moving up to 3 rounds. Follow this pattern until you’re able to complete 5 rounds during one workout.
Put these simple nutrition and exercise tips into practice and you’ll be well on your way to losing weight. And you won’t have to follow a complicated diet or live in the gym.