The key to losing weight is to endure endless gym sessions and a strict diet, right?
Well, this is one way of achieving your goal, but it is certainly not going to be the easiest journey and more than likely you will quit long before you reach your target weight.
To make weight loss a little easier to achieve the following surprising weight loss tips may help.
#1: Forget about low-fat diets
While low-fat diets are popular they may not be the best approach to take when it comes to long-term weight loss.
The truth of the matter is that your body needs fat to function properly.
Rather than focus on low-fat, you would be better off looking at the kind of fats you are consuming.
While trans fats and saturated fats are best avoided, not just because of weight gain but also because they can increase your risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.
Instead you should try to increase your intake of good fats such as monounsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish like salmon, trout and mackerel, as well as in flaxseed and walnuts).
These good fats can promote weight loss while also helping to lower your cholesterol levels.
Another potential problem with low-fat diets is that you may change your eating habits towards carbs instead, which can cause its own problems.
#2: Don’t be tricked by low-carb diets either
As with fat, our body needs carbs too. Without them you will find that your energy levels will suffer, which is not a good sign when you are trying to lose weight.
A lack of energy can affect your workouts and will leave you feeling hungry and likely to gorge on some of your favourite carb foods.
#3: Pick a performance goal rather than a weight loss one
If you aim to become fitter, faster or stronger you may find that you will be able to keep motivated towards achieving them.
When you focus on more aesthetic goals (losing weight/fat) any small hiccup could derail your efforts.
#4: Cut back on steady-state cardio
Although any exercise that you do has got to be better than no exercise at all, for best results for your time I would suggest you stop spending all your gym time doing steady-state cardio.
Steady-state cardio usually involves spending your entire time at the gym on the treadmill just plodding along at a moderate speed.
While you will certainly be burning calories you wont be burning as many as you could potentially by doing other forms of exercise.
What I would suggest would be HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, which is when you will perform various cardio exercises in intervals whereby they are performed at 100% intensity.
Another suggestion would be weights or resistance training, as this can ensure you are burning calories not only during your workout but for up to 24 hours afterwards too.
Weight training will also build lean muscle too, which will also help with your efforts as it has been shown that muscle burns more calories than fat, even while you are at rest.
#5: Stop starving yourself
Although some of us could do with cutting a few calories from our daily diet you most certainly should not drastically cut them or skip meals.
While you may initially see some weight loss this will eventually slow down as your body attempts to hold onto its fat reserves.
Unfortunately when you cut calories by too much your metabolism will slow as your body will believe that you are starving it.
When you start eating again any lost weight will return as quickly as it was lost, possibly with a little bit extra as your metabolism may remain slower for a while after.