Yet you’ve been diligent in your exercise routine and haven’t been able to shed those few pounds. You’re probably on the right track, but here are 10 tips to finally lose those extra pounds fast to reach your goals!
You’ve been following a well-oiled routine and yet, what a surprise when you see no results! Your belly is not as flat as you had hoped, your buttocks are not as firm and rounded as your 42 sports programs completed in one month promised, and your cellulite is still present.
Have you wondered if your exercise routine is the right one? If you’re not achieving your goals, you probably need to change something in your routine.
To help you lose weight fast, here are 10 tips to incorporate into your daily routine right now.
1. WARM-UP FOR EACH SESSION
The warm-up is essential to optimize your sports session, especially when you do it in the morning. It allows the body to start up smoothly and thus avoid injuries. It is enough to warm up for about 10 minutes, starting with stretching, then gradually increasing the pace. The warm-up also allows you to add time of effort, in addition to the session that will follow.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LIFT WEIGHTS
Forget the idea that lifting is for men. If lifting weights doesn’t directly make you lose weight, it does build muscle. And the more muscular you are, the more fat your body will burn, even at rest. So, we say YES to weight training! We take a few dumbbells (or we make do with the means at hand), and we push!
3. PERSEVERE IN CASE OF DIFFICULTY (WORK IN DEPTH)
We all know that intense burning sensation in our thighs after a set of squats. Yes, it’s painful, but that’s just how it should feel! That feeling proves that you’ve done the exercise thoroughly. And when you work for real, you lose weight. Going from exercise to exercise, skimming over the difficulty, will not help you lose weight. Intensity activates your metabolism, so to burn fat, remember that if you’re not out of breath, you can still do more.
4. DO MORE CARDIO SESSIONS
Although we’ve shown you time and time again that it’s not the only one, cardio is still a great ally for weight loss. In addition to helping you achieve this goal, cardio helps improve your endurance, so you feel better every day and perform better in future sessions. Out of breath after climbing the stairs? That’s a thing of the past!
5. INCREASE YOUR DAILY ENERGY EXPENDITURE
“For your health, move more!” Remember the commercial? Staying active throughout the day increases the number of calories burned the day. So, get off one subway stop before yours, then finish the walk, take a bike instead of a car or transportation when possible for example.
6. KEEP YOURSELF WELL HYDRATED, ESSENTIAL FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Well, no surprise on this point. However, it is essential to remind you of it every time because the fact is rather alarming: many people do not hydrate enough. Summer is here and so are the aperitifs. But you must not forget to drink WATER. And even more so if you do sports during the day. Drinking helps to eliminate toxins and renew cells. So, we drink once and for all those 1.5 liters of water minimum, EVERY DAY.
7. VARY THE INTENSITY OF YOUR EXERCISE
Changing the intensity of your workout forces your body to adapt… and therefore burn more calories. Sure, it takes a lot of effort, but the results are obvious! Intense exercise allows you to burn more calories per minute and boosts your metabolism for up to a few hours after the session. You can alternate between very fast, heart-pumping exercises (such as burpees) and very intense exercises such as standing in a static squat position.
8. DON’T CONFUSE EFFICIENCY WITH DURATION
You manage to do an RPM session, a Vinyasa yoga session, and then a Bodypump session. It’s great, you feel like the world champion. Sorry to disappoint you, but no one needs to work out for more than 1 hour and 15 minutes. Longer does not mean more efficient. On the contrary: stress, fractures, insomnia, and severe fatigue are the risks for those who overdo it.
9. STAY TUCKED IN DURING EVERY EXERCISE
No matter what sport or session you do, most exercises involve the abs, even when you don’t realize it. So the ultimate trick to getting them to work harder is to always remember to contract your abs: when you run, when you’re in a sit-up, when you do squats, or even jump rope.
10. FORGET THE SCALE
In reality, what you want is to lose fat. And surprise, weight is not the same as fat. The fat you burn weighs less than the muscle you build through exercise. Therefore, it is entirely possible to slim down and tone up… without losing a single gram. So, let’s put that old scale away!