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The best way to lose weight and keep it off

Studies show that most people who want to lose weight will go for a restrictive diet, reach their weight loss goal but gain it all back (plus interests) shortly after. The reason why that happens is because those people have successfully managed to slow down their metabolism, to put it gently.

Let’s start with what I believe to be the best way to go about it.

It involves:

  1. educated food choices
  2. a caloric deficit
  3. strength training
  4. cardio/staying active

I hear many people say “I don’t want to start working out/lifting weights yet because I want to lose x amount of pounds/kgs first.”. And that is the worst approach, unless a physician has told you to stay away from exercising.

Dieting alone (aka the caloric deficit) will definitely help toward your weight loss goal but you aren’t just dropping pounds of fat there. Your lean mass is going away too. So let’s assume you finally get to your definition of ‘skinny’ size by just dieting. At that point you will simply be ‘skinny fat’. And if you were in a restrictive diet you will probably end up binge eating afterwards. Which would start a vicious cycle of feeling guilty, stressing over it, spiking up cortisol (the “I make you fat hormone”) and going backwards, undoing all your hard work.

So what is the correct approach to losing the weight AND keeping it off?

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5 reasons strength training is good for you!

It’s no secret that I love lifting weights. Here are some of the benefits that come with it.

You’ll look HOT: ladies, that “toned” look you are after doesn’t come from countless hours on the treadmill. While cardio is good for your health, it does not promote increased lean mass (aka muscle). You might lose weight, if that is your goal, but you are going to be skinny fat instead of “toned”. If you want to be in the best shape of your life, look no further than the weight room! You can keep your cardio though. It’s not one or the other.

And no, you will NOT look like a man. 
Those female bodybuilders you have seen while growing up, who
scarred you for life (I know some scarred me!), did not get that
way by simply lifting weights. They make constant (ab)use of
anabolic substances. To make it short, you have zero chance of
looking like a she-hulk even if you train {very hard} for years.

 

You’ll be stronger and healthier: this is a no brainer, since we are talking about strength/weight training, but yes, don’t underestimate this in case of a zombie apocalypse. Jokes aside, being stronger and fitter means your quality of life will be higher. Less chance of injuries or disease, stronger immune system.

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