Whether you’re a mom-on-the-go, turning over a new leaf, or stuck in a rut, we can all benefit from a few health and fitness guidelines to motivate us. I’ve put together a few simple pointers that I consider my baseline. Through this blog, I will expand weekly on a specific topic connected to this baseline.
Believe it or not, weight loss is determined just as much by what you eat as it is by how much you sweat. Because the two go hand-in-hand, we can’t get away with just working out and not paying attention to what we eat. Usually when we begin the journey of weight loss the pounds come off very easily at first, then we plateau and the results are far and wide. At this point, we have to change our workout plan AND our diet.
Steady running or lifting dumbbells are effective up to a certain point. Although our metabolism responds to the amount of muscle we have (the leaner we are the higher it is), we also have to challenger our cardiovascular system. We scorch calories when we maintain an elevated heart rate. So throw a few burpees or box jumps in between those sets of squats. The goal is make the most out of your workouts AND keep it fresh so you don’t get bored and neither does your muscles.
Eating habits are key. Because results are created by discipline, this is where many of us fail. The trick is preparation. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Do NOT wait until you’re starving to eat. Be prepared by having healthy alternatives readily available. One evening, I craved chocolate, glazed doughnuts sooooo bad!! Although I knew better, the craving was so strong that I was willing to throw all ration and reason out the window. Thankfully, I don’t ever stock any of that stuff in my kitchen, which makes it easier to resist the sugar demons.
A few, quick rules to apply to your diet:
- Anything white is not your friends. No white flour, white bread, white pasta, white sugar, white rice, or white milk (and its products). It’s important to know what you’re putting in your body. Be sure to read the labels and understand the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.
- Fat doesn’t make us fat; sugar makes us fat! Beware, there is sugar EVERYWHERE. Also, cut back on salt. Cayenne, chili powder, black pepper, and hot sauce are good alternatives to add that flavor you’re seeking.
- Breakfast kick starts our metabolism, lunch should be our biggest meal of the day, and go big for dinner—on salads, that is.
To refrain from eating dessert, I like to enjoy icy, sparkling water with lemon or lime in a wine glass (a must) before bed. The carbonation makes me feel full and the bubbles make me happy (not quite the same way champagne does, but close enough). Looking good starts with feeling good, not vice-versa. With the right fuel, you’re on your way. Be happy!