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Extreme Weight Loss Tips

May 13th, 2014

Weight Loss

Losing weight is an endless battle for some people, but it doesn’t have to be. The process is by no means easy, but if you aren’t seeing progress, it’s time to change up your approach. If the current methods aren’t working, try something new: a new diet or a new workout routine. For change to happen, you yourself might have to change.

Taking The First Step

The first thing to keep in mind is this: there is no shortcut to weight loss. Any miracle diet that advertises a massive amount of fat loss in just a few days is a scam. While it’s possible to lose a massive amount of weight in a short time, most of that will be water weight, which runs the risk of dehydration and will be gained back quickly. The proper rate of weight loss should be around 2 pounds per week to prevent muscle atrophy, although extremely overweight people can safely lose a bit more. The specific amount varies from person to person.

The next thing to remember is to take baby steps. If you try to take on a huge workout regimen when you aren’t used to working out at all, you’re likely to fail. Start with something small – run for thirty seconds a day. Work your way up until you can run a mile. Start eating an apple in place of a fatty snack. The small steps will allow you to build healthy habits, but it’s important to take them one at a time. A five minute workout every day is better than a thirty minute workout one day of the week.

Lose Weight and Build Muscle

The third thing to keep in mind is that it’s acceptable to lift weights while trying to lose weight. This can help to build muscle underneath the fat; when you burn it off, you’ll have a nice layer of toned, firm muscle underneath that will make you look even better. As an added benefit, lifting weights can work just as well as large amounts of cardio for burning fat.

When it comes to cardio, running on a treadmill or elliptical will help lose weight and net results, but the better approach might be to employ HIIT into your workout. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training; you go all-out for about ten seconds, then move at a resting pace for twenty. Repeat this process for five or ten minutes. While it’s less time spent on a machine than if you ran a mile on a treadmill, you will end up burning more fat and increasing your metabolism for several days to come.

The key to extreme weight loss is an extreme change in the pattern of thought. Dedicate yourself to losing weight and obtaining a healthier lifestyle; not only will you look better, but you’ll feel better too – physically and emotionally. There’s nothing like weight loss and getting fit for gaining more self confidence than you know what to do with.

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