Continuing from my fitness tips for women in Part One about dieting and exercising, I will now discuss the ins and outs of selecting a plan that will be most appropriate for you.
With so many guides spanning across the internet, it’s difficult to differentiate between them all and settle on the best plan for you.
I’m simply laying out the facts to base your own plan from.
There is no ‘best diet’
Research has proven over and over that the best diet is simply the one that you are willing to stick to long enough to see results.
So, if the diet you’re considering sounds so difficult you could only tolerate it for 4-6 weeks, you might want to choose a different approach.
The good news is that most of the quality, sustainable diets have a few things in common so we can at least start there.
– They reduce your calorie intake
– They recommend sufficient protein intake
– They encourage vegetable and fruit intake
– They offer many options for consuming healthy fats
– They control carbs to some degree based on your specific situation
A couple of other strategies that are helpful regardless of your diet plan include writing down what you eat, eating slowly to feel full, and preparing meals ahead of time.
I promise if your diet handles all of those above factors appropriately, you will see progress if you simply stick with it and give it time to work.
With diet taken care of, we will now move to the next step.
There is no best exercise plan
(except maybe resistance training)
Never forget the power of marketing. Especially when it comes to influencing you on what is “best”. Companies spend a lot of money to convince you that their way is the best way.
This especially includes exercise.
From Crossfit to Zumba to Pilates, everyone claims to have the secret sauce.
Much like diet, the industry secret is that whatever gets you to move more and move consistently is the best exercise for you.
The lean look
If you’re looking for that lean look that I mentioned in Part 1 of the article, then as we learned, besides losing body fatyou also have to build some muscle.
This means you have to partake in some form of resistance training. This could include lifting weights, doing body weight exercises, pilates, etc.
Performing those exercises 2-4 times per week is generally enough to give you the muscle mass you need for that lean look. Just remember to perform other exercises or consistent daily movement as well.
Whatever you choose to do – enjoy it!
If you love to run then run, if you enjoy Zumba then Zumba, if you like to kick your own ass then Crossfit might be right up your alley.
Whatever you decide just make sure it’s something you enjoy and that you can partake in for a long time.
Of course make sure you understand any risks involved as well.
You don’t want to be surprised if you get injured during your new exercise routine. In general, exercise should not hurt you but there is some degree of risk in any physical activity.
One tip that may be more valuable than any when it comes to choosing your exercise is to find a buddy or a group of people you enjoy exercising with.
Research has shown that when exercise provides a social component people are much more likely to stick with it over time.
Armed with all this great information there’s only one more secret to address..
Stop reading and start doing
The best slogan of all time is still the simple Nike line “Just do it”.
With all the information available and marketing out there I don’t blame you if you feel overwhelmed. Heck, sometimes I feel overwhelmed.
So instead of finding the perfect diet or the perfect exercise routine, just get out there and get started. If you still feel confused, then take it out of your hands and hire a professional to help you.
There are many of us out there who would be more than happy to help you cut through all the clutter and find a plan that’s right for you. If I can help in any way, feel free to contact me via my Expert Page.
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