Weight-loss 101: Tips For Beginners

December 14, 2015 - 2 min read

When it comes to weight loss, it seems like there is a lot of information floating around out there – but how do you separate the healthy tips from the fad diets and unhealthy practices? Here are some top tips to get you started.

Exercise Is Like Brushing Your Teeth

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When it comes to losing weight, often people rely on motivation. While motivation is great when you have it, it can disappear as quickly as you can say, “lazy mornings in a comfortable bed”. You need to make exercise a compulsory part of your daily routine—not optional! Whether you’re in the mood or not, push yourself and don’t make excuses. Just think if you brushed your teeth every time you felt like it, you’d be regularly visiting your local dentist far too regularly.

Work Hard For Weight Loss

The key to losing weight is using your exercise time efficiently. Whether you prefer to lift weights in the gym or go for a jog along the beach, all forms of exercise will help you lose weight—as long as you work hard! While cardio-based exercise will help you lose more weight per minute of exercise, strength-based training will help build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Get your local personal trainer to write up a weight-loss plan with a mixture of cardio and strength training for the best all-round results
Fun fact: For every kilo of muscle you gain, your body will automatically burn an extra 80-100 calories a day, without you lifting a muscle!

Eat Less, More Often

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Over-eating is one of the biggest reasons for weight gain. Skipping meals will make you over-hungry, which will then cause you to over-indulge. Try to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Keeping your portions smaller and eating more often will fasten your metabolism and stop you from feeling famished and craving temptation.

Burn More Calories Than You Consume

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When it comes to weight-loss, the key is to burn more calories in a day than you consume. If you take out more than you’re putting in, it would only make sense that your body reduces in size. You should avoid hard-to-follow fad diets that claim to promote dramatic weight-loss, as these can often be bad for your health. Simply burn more calories than you consume—while maintaining a healthy balanced diet—and you’ll be smiling your way to the scales!

Need help keeping track of those calories?

Using this food calorie counter, record all your daily calories in a food journal. Be sure you count everything—and yes that includes those lollies you had before dinner! Then, using this exercise calorie counter, make sure you’re continually burning more calories exercising than you’re eating in a day. Consider this like a weight-loss accounting process, where you’re trying to produce a calorie deficit each day.

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