While sticking to a healthy diet is one of the most important aspects of any weight loss attempt there are many other facets too.
For instance you will need to make a few sacrifices, get plenty of sleep and try to reduce any stress you may suffer from.
There is also exercise, which is not only good for weight loss but for your general health too.
This is why it is recommended that you workout often, preferably at least 5 times weekly.
So what other fitness rules are there for your weight loss success?
#1: You must be consistent
If you want to change how you look then you need to be consistent.
You cannot expect to change overnight. And losing motivation after a week or so will never see you reach your goals.
We are all different and some maybe able to lose weight and tone up much easier than others.
The key is to set yourself realistic goals and stick to your training even if you do not immediately see changes.
It may take a little while to see the outward changes, but those inner changes are surely worth the effort.
#2: Don’t push yourself too hard
Of course you should push yourself with each training session, but if you are not used to exercise you most certainly wont be able to complete a marathon on your first training session.
It will take a little time to build up your strength and endurance but after a while you will start to see the difference from when you first started.
I would suggest setting a small goal to begin, perhaps a short evening walk if you do not currently do any exercise, but then try to add a little more intensity each time.
For example increase the speed you walk, or walk a little further.
Those who are not completely unfit can use this same principle at the gym.
#3: Lift weights
Cardio is certainly a good idea if you want to lose weight, but perhaps you should add a little weight training into the mix too.
When you lift weights you will find that you will continue to burn calories long after the workout has ended, while the calories will stop burning as soon as a purely cardio only workout has ended.
Also, lifting weights will build muscle, which will enable you to burn more calories even at rest. It has been shown that the more muscle mass the faster your metabolism.
#4: Don’t worry about your workouts
While we have stated that consistent workouts are best, if you do happen to miss a session you don’t need to worry about it.
If you become obsessive about something then it will stop being fun, which makes it almost impossible to stick to.
Also, stress can lead an increase in the production of hormones that cause food cravings to occur.
These hormones may also cause your body hold onto its fat reserves too.
#5: Give yourself time to rest
After a workout you will need to give yourself time to rest.
You most certainly do not need to workout every day, and if you start lifting weights as recommended then you will need to give yourself a complete rest at least once per week to give your muscles opportunity to heal.
Failure to give yourself enough rest will leave you fatigued and more prone to injury, which will certainly derail your weight loss and fitness efforts.