There is no shortage of information on fat loss, and so many different effective ways to lose fat. I think that the hard part is implementing the changes.
In other words, how do we translate all this information into simple things we can do every day? That’s what I had in mind when I put together this list of fat loss habits. Each of these seven tips involves replacing an unhealthy habit with a healthier one:
More goals, less regrets
Goals are important to success in any endeavour and health and fitness are no different. Know what you want to achieve and do what it takes to get there, so that you never have to regret your choices again.
More walking, less sitting
In case you hadn’t heard, sitting is the new smoking, at least according to the latest research. Not only is sitting for extended periods bad for your health, it inhibits fat loss. Humans were made to walk, so take walks during your breaks at work, plan a walk after every meal, or as part of your commute.
More water, fewer lattes
Staying hydrated is a key ingredient to fat loss. I have nothing against a good coffee but syrups, flavour shots and artificial sweeteners are not part of a healthy lifestyle. Replace fancy expensive drinks with a good old americano or a cup of unsweetened tea.
More protein and fat, less sugar
Successful fat loss begins with the right food and eating foods that help control your blood sugar will help your body shed fat. Take a good look at how much sugar is in each meal you eat, then take steps to replace some of that sugar with healthy proteins and fats.
More weight training, less cardio
We’ve been told for years that cardio is the key to fat loss, when research suggests that high intensity, functional movements allow you to build muscle and burn fat. It is not necessary to engage in endless boring hours on the treadmill when you include strength training and intervals in your workout routine.
More sleep, less TV
Sleep helps reduce the effects of stress. When we’re stressed we tend to make unhealthy choices. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night so that your body is properly recovered. TV before bed inhibits your body’s ability to produce melatonin, which is key to getting a good night’s sleep, so cut down on TV time and snuggle up with a good book instead.
More accountability, less envy
Comparing ourselves to others makes us lose sight of our goals. We are the most successful when we are being held accountable. That’s why joining a group fitness program or having a workout buddy is so effective. We are more successful in numbers.
Tania Tetrault Vrga is owner and head trainer at CrossFit Winnipeg. Send questions to her at www.crossfitwinnipeg.com