To achieve your weight loss goals you must start creating habits, which are things you will do without even thinking.
Weight loss should not be short-term fad, but rather a long-term lifestyle change. It is the only way to ensure the weight loss does not return.
Here are a few suggestions that you should make a habit:
#1: Incorporate Strength Training
Of course cardio is a good way of burning calories and therefore aiding your weight loss efforts, so you shouldn’t slack off.
However, it is recommended that you start incorporating strength training into your workouts too.
Building muscle is a great way of increasing your RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate, which is the number of calories you can burn even when resting.
It has been shown that the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism, meaning the more calories you can burn without doing anything extra.
Muscle is also denser than fat, so you will appear slimmer or more toned so to speak.
#2: Push Yourself
Just going to the gym and going through the motions wont help you reach your goals. You should actually push yourself.
Even as a beginner you are not going to get fitter or stronger if you don’t put any effort in.
Keep pushing and you will surprise yourself at just how far you can go in a short space of time.
#3: Cut Out Sugar
While training regularly has many health benefits, if weight loss is your goal then you need to ensure your diet is up to scratch.
One of the first things you need to cut out, or at least cut back on is sugar.
Sugar is highly addictive and is many foods you know you shouldn’t eat, for instance most junk foods.
By cutting out sugar entirely you will find that cutting back on junk food will be so much easier to achieve.
#4: Increase Your Protein Intake
If you are working out then you will need adequate amounts of protein to ensure your body and muscles heal. This will help you recover ready for the next workout and to ensure your muscles become bigger and stronger.
Protein can also help to curb your appetite, as it is slower to digest than carbohydrates. It is also harder to digest too, so will burn more calories during this process.
#5: Cut Out Alcohol
Most alcoholic drinks are full of calories, and as it lowers inhibitions could result in you eating many foods you know you shouldn’t be eating.
Soft drinks are also full of calories that are best avoided too, which is why I would recommend opting for plain tap water when it comes to your drink choices.
Water is completely free from calories, but can help curb your appetite and reduce the number of calories consumed prior to a meal.
#6: Cook at Home
The best way to ensure you are eating as healthily as possible is to both prepare and cook your meals at home.
Of course you can check the labels of foods bought at the local supermarket, but you will be surprised at how many extra calories you can save cooking your own meals.
If time is sparse then I would recommend pre-preparing your own microwave meals that you can reheat during the week. It has got to be a much healthier choice than the supermarket bought ones full of sugar and other preservatives.