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Weight Worries? Coming Up with The Right Game Plan

Weight Worries? Coming Up with The Right Game Plan

We live in a time where the emphasis on health has never been greater. The Internet has allowed the health industry to grow and raise awareness on weight loss/fitness. For example, it’s so much easier to research and learn more about long-term health care in order to live a more enjoyable life. Companies are making millions of dollars selling custom programs, supplements, and equipment.[1]

Even with the growing awareness on health care, you still run into days where you want to indulge. We all go on binges, which in the long run cause us to add a few pounds above our ideal weight. It doesn’t help that you have certain periods throughout the holiday where you slow down on working out and enjoy the diverse food selection. Christmas is a great example where we tend to indulge more than before…right?

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Today, we’ll be looking at ways to come up with the right game plan to conquer weight gain. We’ll look at the steps you should be taking right now to lose the extra pounds. Let’s get started.

Mindframe Matters

For you to lose weight, you’re going to want to lose weight. If you don’t then you’ll keep falling back into the vicious cycle of weight gain. A great way to push yourself in the right direction is to focus on the negatives of weight gain. For example, after you put on the extra pounds, I’m sure you are slower, more mentality stressed, and not feeling so great inside. By staying focused on these, you’ll push yourself to make positive changes.

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Stop Doing What You’re Doing

That’s right! The first thing you need to do to shed the extra weight is to stop eating whatever has put on the weight in the first place. If you keep eating foods high in sugar, fat, and carbs, it doesn’t matter how much your work out because you’ll just add those calories back on.

Create a list of what you’re eating daily and eliminate the foods high in sugar, fat and carbs. Because of this, you can get into the right mind frame to conquer your weight gain.

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Set a Schedule

It’s tough working out when you don’t have time, so figure out a schedule for yourself. If you’re serious about losing the extra weight, then you’ll have no problem coming up with a schedule that works for you. Consider working out first thing in the morning because you’ll get it out of the way. I’ve noticed waiting to do it later on doesn’t work well because there’s a higher chance of something else getting in the way.

Find the Right Diet Plan

We are in a time where several different workout programs are available. I remember back in 1980, weight loss would often be associated with lifting weights. There was very little emphasis on cardio, supplements, and nutrition. Things have changed drastically, and you now have several options available. Browse the Internet researching what’s available, paying close attention to the type of workout. For example, you might find that high-intensity workouts help shed weight better than traditional cardio. But, give different programs a try for a month until you find one that works well for you.

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Focus on Nutrition

A big part of weight loss has to do with the right type of diet so take some time researching diet programs online. As mentioned, the Internet provides a vast amount of free information so you’ll have no problem finding different combinations to try out. After trying a few different ones, you’ll know how your body reacts to the food you consume. Remember, track calories, reduce carbs, and increase your protein intake to 1g per pound. I’ve noticed this is the universal consensus[2] among nutritionists.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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