Having trouble trying to prioritize the things you need to help you lose weight? Everyone does!
Strength training, cardio, and counting your macronutrients (macros- proteins, carbohydrates and fats) are the three biggest components for weight loss. Each of these is not created equally but you should be doing all three.
Doesn't matter your age or whether you're trying to lose weight, strength training is the best form of exercise you can do. Not everyone knows how or even loves the weight room but the benefits include stronger tendons and ligaments, better posture, denser bones and most importantly more muscle to burn calories.
The stronger you are, the easier your everyday activities will become, such as standing for long periods of time, walking up stairs, and even carrying around your baby. Your strength has a big effect on how you interact with your environment. Muscle is what keeps us moving and it needs to be fed a steady diet of weight training.
Cardiovascular exercise is often thought of by the mainstream media and even some doctors as the best way to lose weight. well it's not. That's not to say that it isn't important, it's just not at the top of the list.
Whether it's pushing a sled, riding a bike or running on a treadmill, we highly suggest twice a week sessions at least 20-30 minutes of high intensity interval training. You can do these types of workouts either at the end of your strength training sessions or on your non-workout days.
When it comes to counting your macros, logging your food is the most important component of weight loss. You need to figure out a safe calorie deficit strictly for your body. Here's a reliable calorie counter we like to use to help with macro counting and daily food logs (Livestrong.com) follow these guidelines consistently and the weight will come off.
Remember: The best place to start when trying to lose some pounds is counting calories. Make sure your daily caloric allowance is a safe deficit. If you don't count your daily macros, your body does. Adding strength training to your regimen will help you maintain your muscle mass for today and the future. Good health comes with a cost; energy, money, time, sacrifices and hard work. Just keep in mind that the cost is even greater if you don't commit.
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