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4 Hacks for Keeping Off That Weight You Lost

4 Hacks for Keeping Off That Weight You Lost

Many people think that dieting is one of the hardest thing that they have ever done. For most of them, that is probably true. Unfortunately, what many of these dieters do not realize is that dieting is a lifestyle. A person cannot go on a six-month diet, lose a lot of weight, then go back to their old ways and expect to maintain their new weight.

Luckily maintaining a weight is much easier than actually losing weight. There are a few simple lifestyle changes to make that will work for a vast majority of people. Here are four.

1. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not dieting. Rather, it is choosing when to eat and when not to. It involves scheduling out your day so that you skip certain meals and eat more for other meals. Many studies have come out that show that this actually works incredibly well. It can be thought off as a semi-diet that lasts forever.

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There are dozens of ways that people choose to structure their intermittent fasting, whether it is one day of fasting a week with six days of eating what you want, or skipping lunch every single day.

The concept is that if you skip a meal and eat as much as you want later, you will still end up eating less overall. Many people have reported that intermittent fasting helps them to not only maintain, but continue to lose weight after a diet.

2. Avoid Bored Eating

A lot of research has been done on bored eating. Let’s face it. Eating is interesting and fun, and when we get bored the first place we often go is the refrigerator.

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Unfortunately the foods we eat while bored are usually the worst foods for us. There are a number of ways to eliminate bored eating, or to dampen it. One great way is to simply not buy foods that are easy to eat when bored. If you must buy foods like this then try to have some low-calorie easy alternatives on hand all the time.

3. Portion Control

This is one of the biggest influencing factors on whether or not an individual gains weight again after dieting. There are many different reasons that people eat more than they should. Surprisingly it often doesn’t stem from simply a desire to eat until one’s stomach hurts.

Many people feel the need to eat everything that is on their plate regardless of how full they are. They will up their plate with as much food as the plate will hold when they are hungry, and then regret it halfway into the meal. However, they feel obligated to finish the meal because some people are not as blessed as the are.

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This is not advocating to throw away one’s food. Rather it is important to build your meal in such a way that that the food runs out right when you are at a healthy, full level. You can do this by putting much smaller portions on your plate when you start eating, or there are actually some great programs out there, similar to dieting programs, that offer portion-controlled meal delivery. I use a company called Nutrisystems. You can see a great review and explanation of how they work here.

4. Habits

Researchers say that it takes 21 days to build a habit. The day you stop your diet is the day to start structuring your habits. Many people do not realize how unhealthy their habits are until they make a list and look at them. For some people it is a morning coffee run every morning. For others it is a candy bar every time they go to the store, or a 12-pack of soda that they buy every time it goes on sale.

Spend the day after you stop your diet deciding which habits you will allow back into your life. Find alternatives to some of your worse eating habits. This simple step could save you from ever having to do your diet again.

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These four aren’t all inclusive, but following these simple steps can ensure that you never have to get on that awful diet again.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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