Weight Loss Tips Part II
In my last article on Weight Loss Tips I hopefully got you to think a little bit outside the box. Many of us get a little confused on what advice to follow with all the diets screaming about low carbs, high protein, low fat, etc… Hopefully the biggest tip you got out of the article is to focus your healthy carbohydrate intake in the morning. This will supply you with the energy you need for the rest of the day.
One other tip on that note…if you’re used to skipping breakfast in the morning because you feel like you don’t have an appetite this most likely means that you ate too much and too late the night before. You should be waking up with a large appetite and feeding this craving with healthy cereal, oatmeal or even eggs/smoked salmon (here are some healthy breakfast ideas).
So now let’s take a look at exercise tips to help us eliminate the extra weight many of us are carrying around our waists!
Weight Loss Tips: Cardio vs Strength Training
I see it a lot especially in women, hours and hours on the elliptical/treadmill at the gym each week and unsatisfactory results. Cardio is great and I encourage you all to push yourselves to the next level at least once each week, but where does the problem lie? [ad#ad-2]
Ready for this? Our bodies are incredible at adapting to exercise. With long endurance training your body will quickly improve it’s efficiency with the energy it uses and this means that unless you add variety you are going to see limited results long-term.
This is where strength training comes in. Using weights to stress your muscles adds a whole different level of shock to your system.
After all, shocking your system is the only way of seeing real results. So if you’re doing a 3 day workout plan, make sure to have at least one day where you do resistance training with weights. Ideally though you’ll get best results with 3 days of weight training and 2 days of cardio. The reason is because the more muscle you have the more calories your body will be burning daily.
For those of you guys who are hardcore weight lifters, the same principal lies. You want to make sure you are adding in some cardio to help blast fat and increase definition. There is another added benefit though. Cardio will increase your endurance level which means that you can also push yourself through supersets (doing one set after another with no rest) much easier and thereby get better results. Supersets are amazing at shocking your system.
Weight Loss Tips: High Intensity vs Interval Training
Let’s first define high intensity training. This is basically pushing your heart rate to the max and keeping it there as long as you can. Sprinters are masters at this, and if you’re a super-athlete then by all means keep this as part of your training regiment. This kind of high intensity training will shed fat like none other but what is the downside?
If all you’re doing is high intensity training then you are completely exhausting your body of all it’s energy. And if you’re not eating properly and not giving your body enough rest between sessions then you are increasing your chances of injury. Torn leg muscles such as hamstrings, quads or even deltoid (shoulder) and pectoral muscles are common especially if you add weights. Without proper rest your immune system is also greatly compromised.
So what’s the solution? Interval training is magnificent at giving you the benefits of high intensity training while reducing the strain on your body. If you want more info read my article on High Intensity Interval Training but here is a quickie explanation…
With Interval training you are splitting up your high intensity maxed heart rate spurts with moderate intensity 30-60 second sessions. In other words, sprinting at 9mph for 30 seconds and then running at 7mph for 30 seconds, cycled over and over again. If you’ve tried this already you’ve noticed e a huge boost in your metabolic rate for hours after you stop exercising and this is when your body is burning fat for fuel.
Like the way that sounds don’t you? If you do this for just 15minutes in one day and then spend the rest of that day’s exercise time doing core exercises and working on your flexibility you are going to see incredible results.
Recommended Supplements for Quick Weight Loss
If you’re in a real hurry and want to get results as soon as possible then you may want to include these supplements:
Thermogenic Fat Burner (Try: Cellucor D4 Thermal Shock)
Appetite Suppression (Try: BSN Atrophex)
Whey Protein for Lean Muscle Production (Try: Cellucor IsoPro Ultra Lean)
Omega 3’s for Fat Oxidation (Try: Now Omega 3)
Energy Drink for Motivation & Maximum Force (Try: USPlabs Jacked)
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