3 Easy Steps to Lose Weight

Weight loss tips: 3 Easy Steps to Lose Weight

The key to having the beautiful body you have alway s wanted is no big secret. You simply have to eat better and move more. Many women come to me and say “I exercise everyday, I eat really well but I can’t lose the weight no matter what I do!” The first thing I ask them is “are you really being honest with yourself when you say “I eat healthy?”” The majority of people aren’t honest with themselves when it comes to their diet. Even though you’re eating your vegetables, lean meats
and salads a lot of the time you might forget the couple alcoholic drinks you have every night with dinner, or the ice cream or packet of chips you have for dessert. Nutrition is your number 1 priority if you’re serious about losing weight.

Which brings me to step 1.
1. Food diary – This is a great way to monitor your daily food intake. Record every meal, snack, coffee, fluid intake and the time you had it whether it be soft drink, juice or water. You can then reflect on it at the end of the week. This is a really good way of seeing exactly what and how much you are putting into your body and what can be altered to create healthy changes. If you are unsure you can always seek advice from a dietic ian or Personal Trainer, bringing me to step 2.

2. Professional help/advice – Personal trainers a re an invaluable source of information, motivation and inspiration. It can be a life changing experience as I have learnt with many of my clients. Having someone there to help you every step of the way for support and motivation can be priceless. We are trained to develop specific programs and exercises to suit your goals and to make sure you stay on track to achieve them!

3. Exercise, Rest and Recovery – I have put this as the last step for a reason. Without the right nutrition and a good program, all the exercise in the world could almost be a waste of time. If you are going to take this exercise thing seriously, you need to know that your rest and recovery is just as important as training your butt off! Depending on the intensity of your workout, your body needs the right amount of time to recover or you could be doing more bad than good! If you can hardly move from your session the day before then it’s a g
ood sign you probably shouldn’t go and ruin yourself again. This doesn’t mean you can’t go for a walk, swim or light bike ride just to keep your body moving. Without rest and recovery your body cannot repair itself. Over training and lack of sleep stresses the body which can actually cause yo ur body to hold onto the fat you’re working so hard to lose.

The key is to listen to your body!
Jenna O’Toole
Co-Owner & Operator of Pure Balance PT