Balancing your diet and your workouts

Any attempt of shaping your body should be focused on two main activities: physical exercising and an adequate food diet. These are like love and marriage, they go hand in hand. So, if you’re determined to lose weight or just keep yourself in shape, keep this in mind.

It’s not easy holding on to an exercising schedule and a diet at the same time. It’s not only that both can get boring, especially when you need to focus on several types of exercises and keep to  specific types of food, but they also imply a strong motivation. There are a few programs that you can follow, created by nutritionists and professional trainers out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own schedule that works perfectly for your lifestyle. You just need to respect a few basic principles that you can adjust depending on your goals.

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What you first need to do, when you’re putting in place a weight-loss program is to work out your calorie intake. As you may already know, humans need to provide their bodies with a certain amount of calories per day, which are required to keep your organism in working order. When you want to lose fat, you need to create a deficit between that necessary amount and your daily intake. This way, your body will start burning the stored fat to keep the processes taking place in your body going and give you the necessary amount of energy to accomplish normal tasks like reading, walking, writing a paper, etc. Secondly, you need to program your meals and eat at about the same hour every day.

3egg 6Your second step should concern the physical exercising schedule. Start a gym program focused on several muscle groups and cardio exercises. Recent studies have shown that a workout program combining the two is much more efficient than one focusing on one of them. Your workout session should last about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When you’re in the gym, you shouldn’t let your body get into a steady rhythm. That means that if you’re on the stationary bike, you should switch through various levels (easy to difficult, medium to easy) to maximize your training and keep your body alert.

Don’t overdo it

Drastic dieting and extreme exercising won’t pay out, on the long run. One, you won’t be able to keep up with that intensive rhythm, and two, at one point your health will be affected. If you get your body used to a very low calories number, it will obey and will learn to manage with the little you give it, so it won’t help you lose any more weight, as your body will stabilize itself.  Furthermore, don’t see dieting as keeping away from foods that are seen as “catastrophic” for your weight loss goals such as chocolate or ice cream, because what a diet actually means is eating them now and then, but in small proportions. It also means that there are some food combinations that will most surely get you fat and that you must stay away from those. In the end, a food regime is more about discipline and strong will than about a miraculous recipe that will get you rid of the extra kilos.

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It’s the same with exercising. If you do it extensively, your body will break under the pressure. 2 or 4 sessions a week at the gym should help you lose weight in a couple of months, without putting a strain on your body and with durable results.

Finally, get used to the idea that you will always be on a diet. It may sound awful, but, those whom, from various reasons tend to put on weight will be inclined to do so most of their life. As such, you’ll have to keep it in your mind that some people have a different metabolism rate or have a natural inclination towards eating healthy foods that you need to replace with a special program. Therefore, you’ll just have to keep an eye on everything you eat always.

 

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