I wanted to share with you 3 key tips for weight loss! They are Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep! This is the trifecta to good health and wellness. Without one you will not have as much success with weight loss.
3 Key Tips for Weight Loss:
Exercise: It is very important to get the body moving. If you want a better body, then you need to move it. A daily 2-minute sprint is supposed to be very good for the body and is linked to removing fat. If you don't have time for a full workout, consider a 2-minute sprint instead. I recently started doing a 5-mile workout by Leslie Sansone and at the end of each walking mile she does a 2 minute "Boost" or jog. I found this very interesting, so at the end of every workout I am adding a 2-minute Boost and I will see where it takes me!
Of course, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator, park as far away from your entrance and use your lunch hour to add some exercise into your routine. Leslie says that people who exercise in the morning are more successful because they get up and get their body moving. If you make working out a part of your everyday routine, you will not only feel better but get your metabolism going first thing in the morning.
Ways to burn calories:
- 100 Calories - jump rope for 10 minutes
- 200 Calories - brisk walk for 30 minutes
- 300 Calories - aerobics workout for 30 minutes
Nutrition: When it comes to eating what I have learned is that you should always eat breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day when it comes to getting your metabolism going. Breakfast was named that for a reason. You are truly breaking the "fast" from the night before. When you are trying to lose weight, it is very important to NOT EAT after 6:00 PM or 4 hours before going to bed.
So, if you are going to bed at 10:00 PM then you would not want to eat after 6:00 PM. Most people don't eat before 6:00 AM so you have been fasting for at least 12 hours by the time you eat the next morning. This is why it is so important to eat a balanced breakfast. It is the best way to get your body going in the morning! I have been eating like a "King" for breakfast, a "Prince" for lunch and a "Pauper" for dinner. By simply making this change I have been able to see an increased weight loss.
Sleep: If you want to lose weight you need to sleep at least 8 hours at night. It takes deep sleep to release your Human Growth Hormones while you sleep. If you don't go into a deep sleep at night (which takes up to 8 hours) then you won't release these naturally occurring hormones and you will not have as much weight loss. I was very guilty of getting very little sleep (5-6 hours a night) before starting the Frugal Weight Loss Challenge. Now I go to bed at 11:00 pm and sleep a full 8 hours every night. I really think this is a major piece of the weight loss puzzle.
I hope these three tips help you lose weight too! It is all about Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep!
Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional, and I am not providing medical advice. Always consult with a medical professional before you change your diet or implement a weight loss strategy.
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