Summer is fast moving into autumn and for many this is the time we re-embrace our weight loss goals. You may have been out and about a lot more over the summer, on holiday, enjoying time out with your families and during times like these, the pounds tend to creep back on. If you want to get back on track and hit your target this is the way.
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When working on a fitness plan with clients I advise setting short term goals as well as long term ones. The end goal may be a few stones away for example and this may be demotivating at times. When it comes to successful weight loss even shorter goals are key to success. Those most successful on a weight loss journey are those who take it day by day and make small yet significant changes to their everyday habits.
Weight loss isn't the be all and end of all of being healthy and meeting training goals. The weight you see on the scales takes into account your fat certainly but also muscle and water (which makes up the majority) and therefore isn't necessarily the figure you want or need when working out your fat burning goals / plan of action! If you want to shift fat then you ned to be taking actions that will eliminate the excess fat, not training to lose weight. Yes you may lose some fat during a weight loss programme however not necessarily as much as you'd like as fat can be stubborn and doesn't like to be shed so easily.
Many people these days get caught up in the media hype that is the perfect image of the perfect body. The truth is, there is no one perfect shape, weight or anything else. I am a personal trainer working in and around Chorleywood not Los Angeles and yet still I've had calls about perfect shapes and magazine copied bodies.
Did you know that 90% of new gym users quit before they have reached their goals? Here are some tips to stay on track and reach your targets: 1) If your time is limited, stick to short, sharp workouts of 20-30 minutes with little rest in between exercises. 2) Get a workout partner. Push and motivate each other! 3) Keep your exercises varied. Don't allow yourself to get bored! 4) Don't push yourself too hard to begin with. It's unlikely you will see a noticeable change in the first month, but don't let that put you off training - persevere and slowly increase intensity.