if i had $1…….

The title of this weeks post pretty much says it all. I’m certain I’d be a millionaire by now if I had $1 for everyone that has said to me, “I just want to lose weight in my stomach” or “I really want a six-pack”. The issues most people deal with during weight loss is patience and understanding. You didn’t gain weight overnight therefore you will not lose it overnight. Also, there isn’t a supplement on the market that will speed things along. However, I’m sure some scientist somewhere is feverishly working on it (and all the ugly side effects that will come with it).

I always tell people to remember the 75/25 rule. Your diet is 75% of the solution and exercise is 25%. Tracking what you eat is crucial to understanding the cause and effect of what you eat. Just because you think you don’t eat that much sugar doesn’t compare to actually seeing a daily number. And for God’s sake please don’t obsess over calories. (I will tackle the calorie conundrum next week). Take small steps every week with your food and before you know it you’ll be on the fast track to healthy! Stop drinking sugar filled drinks, slowly cut back on the gluten and processed franken-foods, try some new veggies and add some healthy fats to keep you satiated.

Exercising is the other smaller part of the equation. Don’t feel like you have to be in shape in order to go to the gym. That’s what gyms are actually for-to get you in shape. One of the best things you can do is talk to people either at the gym or in a class. Talk to the people working out. If they are in good shape, (you can easily spot the sleek muscles or matching tights and tank). These people work to look good and chances are they’ve been where you are. Also, PLEASE DO NOT GET STUCK IN THE CARDIO RUT. Yes cardio is good, but not 5 days a week for an hour. Your body will adjust to cardio quickly especially if it’s the same type of cardio (i.e. dreadmill or elliptical). As we age we lose muscle and balance. It’s extremely important to stimulate muscle growth to slow aging and regulate metabolism. Weights can seem confusing to most people who do not lift-again ask someone, talk to people, step out of your comfort zone and I guarantee you will not regret it!

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