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5 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Weight Loss

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Sure, we all know that working out is a sure fire way to lose weight. However, what many people don't know is that not all workouts are equally effective when it comes to slimming down. Want to get the most out of your routine? Here are five tips for creating the ultimate weight loss workout:

1. Eat several times a day

What you eat is just as important to your workout as how you workout. Many people who want to lose weight make the mistake of skipping meals, which only forces their bodies to compensate by going into starvation mode - storing all the extra fat and calories they can. As Tashina Hill a dietitian blogger do it, eating five to six small, well-balanced meals a day not only gives you plenty of energy for getting the most out of your workouts, but it also keeps your metabolism revved up at high gear.

2. Cardio

When it comes to losing weight, you simply cannot skip out on cardio. Although getting in just three sessions of twenty minutes a week is sure to deliver some great results, for optimum fat burning and weight loss, you want to work out for sixty minutes per day (this can be split into more than one session).

3. Strength Training

Don't be afraid that you will bulk up and look heavier if you strength train. You won't. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. Strength training tones your muscles, giving you a sleek, slim look. And remember that muscle burns fat, so the idea is to build muscle to replace your fat, and to let your body's muscle mass work for you even while you are sleeping.

4. Weights and Reps

While strength training is important, bulking up is not your goal. If you want to lose weight and stay slender, then you need to strength train the right way. That means lowering your weight and increasing your reps. A good rule of thumb is to do three sets (four, if you can manage it) of fifteen reps. If you can't do this, then your weights are too heavy.

5. The Fat Burning Zone

It is important that you monitor your heart rate during your workouts. That is because your body responds differently to cardio exercise the higher your heart rate is. Believe it or not, you only need to maintain a relatively medium tempo to burn fat. If your heart rate is too elevated, your body goes into anaerobic mode and begins burning muscle, which is the opposite of what you want to do. Ask a trainer to help you calculate your ultimate fat burning heart rate zone.

Not all workouts are created equal. Follow these simple tips to lose the most weight possible through your workout.

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