It’s Time To Wise Up On Weight Loss
How many pictures of healthy recipes and gym gear have you seen on Instagram and Facebook of late? It’s that time of year when we all throw ourselves into undoing our diet misdemeanours and shifting those excess Christmas pounds. It’s all very well starting the New Year with the best intentions, but how can you keep motivation levels high and lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way? If you’re eager to start work towards your summer body now, here are some top tips to keep you on the right track.
Find a form of exercise you enjoy
Is it week 2 of your new exercise regime, and you’re already losing interest? Are you bored of lifting weights or do you dread your next treadmill session or spin class? Exercise has a reputation for being boring, but you can change this. Many people love going to the gym, but it’s not for everyone. There are so many different ways you can work out and get your body moving. If you find something that you enjoy, you’re much more likely to stick at your new regime, and reap the rewards. If you feel uncomfortable around others, you can do a DVD at home or follow YouTube videos. If you want to do something lighthearted and fun, join a dance class or take some friends along to aqua aerobics. If you want to try something different, give tennis, golf or cycling a go. You don’t have to sweat it out for hours in the gym to see the benefits of regular exercise.
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Focus on the mirror rather than the scales
Often, the scales can provide you with an accurate indicator of how you’re getting on with your summer body prep. However, it’s easy to become obsessed with the numbers you see on the scale, and it’s much more useful to measure success by the way you look and feel. If you want to tone up, rather than lose a lot of weight, for example, you may find that you actually gain weight, even though you might drop a dress size. This is because muscle weighs more than fat. Try and focus on what you look like, and how your clothes feel.
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Dealing with those stubborn wobbly bits
Most of us have areas that concern us more than others. Have you got love handles that just won’t disappear or tummy tyres that don’t seem to be shifting? One way of eliminating stubborn wobbly bits is to carry out targeted exercises. You can do this by searching for tips online, or working with a personal trainer. Another option, which you may consider in the run-up to a holiday, is body contouring. Specialist centres like Belgravia Clinic use the latest technology to reshape the body and enhance definition. Treatments work by reducing fat, and tightening and lifting the skin in specific areas of the body.
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You’ll often hear trainers saying that summer bodies are made in winter. Sadly, it’s much easier to put on weight than it is to lose it, and it takes time to build muscle and increase definition. If you’re keen to get in shape for summer, start now. Embrace exercise, and try and find activities you find fun. Work on healthy eating, and try and focus on how you look and feel, rather than your body weight. If you’ve done really well, but you still have areas that are bothering you, ask your personal trainer about targeted workouts or investigate modern cosmetic treatments.