Springtime is often when people really try to focus on losing winter weight and getting ready for the summer and bathing suits. If you have decided to lose weight by summer, make the most of your work-out by avoiding the following missteps.
Don’t do the same exercise all the time. Your body gets used to the same exercise if you do it every day. Meeting weight loss goals can be much more effective when you surprise your body once in a while. Change up your workout and the intensity or duration of your exercise. If you really want to lose fat, try some high intensity interval training. This means shorter cardio workouts at a higher intensity. Getting your heart rate up in bursts increases your metabolism and burns more calories.
Pay attention to the math. For every pound you want to lose, you need to burn an extra 3,500 calories. Create the deficit by reducing the calories you eat, and increasing the calories you burn from exercise. Generally, people overestimate the amount of calories they are burning and underestimate the calories they are eating. You need to do the math. The only way to lose weight is through a combined effort of healthy eating and exercise.
Don't ignore strength training. You should be excited when you are exercising regularly. But, usually that exercise is some type of cardio workout. Don’t forget about building and maintaining muscle. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism rate. For weight loss you need to do some form of strength training. You don’t have to use weights necessarily; you can use your own body weight and do planks, push-ups, and squats or lunges.
For more information or assistance is losing weight for summer, contact Answer if Fitness.
Excerpts – Prevention.com