If you would like to lose weight, become leaner, or improve your overall health, and you are looking for help to make this process as easy as possible, good news: you have come to the right place!! Losing weight can seem difficult, especially in the beginning, but trust us, it’s probably easier than you think. We’ve built an online community dedicated to helping people just like you reach their goals of losing weight and keeping it off.
Listed below are the first seven steps towards permanent weight loss, and after reading them, I’m sure that you’ll have a better understanding of how the weight loss “mechanism” works. Be sure to drop us a line and let us know what you think, and if any questions come up, no problem, there are hundreds of people willing to help with anything you may need over on the Lose Weight Feel Great Now Discussion Forum.
Step 1: Learning Your Enemy – Body Fat
Many of us think that losing weight is all about “losing weight”. Well, that’s not entirely true. We are not really concerned about the scales, after all, who cares if your scales read 120 pounds or 145 pounds, as long as you look stunning in front of the mirror?
Your real enemy is body fat. When we talk about losing weight, we’re really talking about losing body fat. Here’s an article that discusses the process.
Step 2: Learning to Count Calories
Losing body fat is a science, not an art. In order to lose body fat, you must create a state of “calorific deficit”. Many people skip this step and ignore calorie counting, and that’s the reason why most of them fail, regardless of any additional exercise or diet plans.
Remember that losing body fat is a science. Therefore, if you’re not counting your calories, the chances are that you won’t succeed in losing fat. Here’s an article that discusses how to manage your calorie intake to safely lose weight.
Step 3: Understanding Nutrition
It is often said, our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted by exercise. Nutrients (specifically macronutrients) are the building blocks of your body. If you don’t eat well, there’s no way that your body will get the necessary ingredients it needs to enable it to be sculpted in the gym.
Lack of proper nutrition is the main reason that people spend hundreds of hours on the ab machine, and still fail to develop the abs that they dream of. The same goes for those who spend hours on the treadmill and don’t see their body fat dropping by even 0.1 percent. The reason for both problems – lack of correct nutrition.
You can learn more about nutrition in this article – Understanding Your Macronutrients.
Step 4: Preparation – Tools, Equipment and Others
The next step of preparation is to gather together all the tools and equipment you require prior to starting your weight loss journey. You may want to buy some containers for your meal prep, or even buy yourself that crucial pair of sports shoes before you start your training program.
It may also be a good time to do some research on nearby gyms to help you decide on the one that is most suited to your lifestyle. Besides the equipment and classes offered by the gym, you might also want to consider its accessibility and your personal schedule. If you’re on a tight budget or simply don’t have the time to hit the gym, you may even want to consider building your own simple home gym.
This is all covered in greater depth in this article – 4 Things to Consider Prior To Starting Your Weight Loss Program.
Step 5: The Right Weight Loss Training Program
Finally, it’s time to hit the gym! If you’re a first timer, you may not know exactly what to do, so I suggest that you ask a trainer to show you around.
If going to a gym is not for you right now, no problem, check out our fat-loss workouts which can be performed in the comfort of your own home – all for free of course.
If you want to step it up a notch, you can always purchase a professional training program. There are plenty of excellent programs available online, but I recommend these few training programs to get started losing fat – Recommended Workout Plans.
Step 6: Supplements and How to Use Them
Supplements can help you lose weight by replacing nutrients which have been lost through calorie restriction.
Supplements aren’t an absolute necessity, but they are helpful in maximizing your fat loss; they help in recovery and promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Cutting down on calories can leave you with a shortage of certain nutrients that you usually get through your normal diet; taking supplements helps to replenish your body with these nutrients while not adding unnecessary calories to your diet.
Many people are aware that supplements play an important role in their fat loss challenge, but not many know the best supplements to take in order to accomplish their goals. Here’s an article discussing the use of weight loss shakes and how they can help with fat loss.
Step 7: Tracking and Support Group
If you don’t track your progress, you won’t know how well you are doing; if there’s no tracking, there’s no progress. You won’t know if you should be eating less, or if you should train more. You won’t know whether your efforts are working or not, so tracking is essential.
Joining a support group is not an absolute necessity, but it’s highly recommended in order for you to remain on track. Peer review and mutual support are essential to keep you motivated and pumped for the next training session. Needless to say, you are more likely not to skip a training day at the gym if you know that someone will be waiting for you there.
Read more about tracking and support groups here – Tracking And Support Group.
Now you have a better knowledge of how weight loss and fat loss work. Of course, there’s a lot more information available on the site on the topics mentioned above, so take your time, leave us a message, and ask for help!. If you remain with our community long enough, you’ll find that there are many resources available to help YOU achieve the results you’ve always wanted.
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