The goal to lose weight is often the biggest motivation behind establishing a regular exercise routine, and getting your foot in the door is often the toughest part of the battle. I am happy to see that you have come to me for help in reaching your weight loss goal, and excited to get started. This will become a huge, positive change in your life, and once the pounds start slipping away you will see how easy it is to maintain a lighter, healthier you.
The first thing you should know is that losing weight relies on building a calorie deficit. Meaning that you must burn more calories than you eat to shed those pounds. There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat, so a healthy combination of cutting calories from your diet and burning calories during exercise is needed to lose one pound a week.
Step 1: Set your goal weight
The first step is setting your goal weight. Maybe you already have a goal weight in mind, but if you don’t, setting a goal is essential to staying motivated and keeping track of your progress. Pick a poundage that is attainable for your body type. You can do this by thinking back to when you looked and felt your personal best, or picking an old article of clothing you would like to fit into again.
Step 2: Stay motivated
Once you have set a goal, the next step is to stay motivated and stick to your workout routine, even though the results will not be instantaneous. It is very common for people to get frustrated with the lack of results in the beginning, but don’t give up! I will be sending you workouts and health tips twice a week to help you stay motivated. Together we will focus on walking, running, cycling, swimming, and weight training to reduce your body fat, increase lean muscle mass, and tone your form.
Step 3: Establish healthy habits
Along with your long-term goal, you should pick smaller, weekly goals to keep track of your success. A great weekly goal to maintain could be to work out three times a week, which will result in losing two pounds a week. Working out twice a week will result in losing one pound a week.
Losing weight is nothing more than simple math. There are 3500 calories per pound of fat, so to drop the extra pounds, you need to eat right and exercise to create a weekly calorie deficit. Read up on weight loss tips to see that every little thing (yes, even that one tiny cookie) counts. No matter what your weekly goal is, it is important to stick with it, as it only takes 21 days to establish a habit.
Now that we have the basics covered, I hope you are ready to lose weight and achieve your goal. Remember, I am here every step of the way to give you motivation, workouts, and health tips such as what to eat. You’ll be looking and feeling lighter in no time.