The hardest part about a diet isn’t losing weight, it’s keeping it off. When you first begin a regime you’re spurred on by watching your body change shape and this keeps you motivated. However, when you get to where you want to be it’s easy to become complacent. A little treat here, a meal out there, a few more glasses of wine per week and you end up right back where you started, sometimes even heavier. It’s a story we hear every day at Bionic Bodies. Luckily, there is an answer. Follow our advice and the only weight that will be fluctuating will be the dumbbells in your arms.
First of all, dispel the notion of dieting. You’ll never maintain the figure you want if you’re thinking in those terms. Diets are short-term and built to fail. Dieting changes the way you think about food, like it’s an enemy. Food is a glorious thing that not only tastes amazing, but nourishes your body and makes you feel good. So when you’re planning your meals for the day focus on consuming whole foods which provide nutritional value keeping you healthy, energised and fuller for longer. Another important thing to look at is portion control. In order to loose weight there has to be a calorie deficit – calories in versus calories out. A great way of adding bulk to your meals without blowing your daily calorie allowance is by including protein with most of your meals and add a good amount of vegetables. Remember, protein provides satiety decreasing the chances of snacking on sugary and processed foods later in the day.
Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and exercise is the answer to sustainable fat loss and results that will last a lifetime. If you already take part in any type of exercise that’s great but regular resistance training is proven to speed up the fat loss process. By building muscle you can burn more calories while at rest. Resistance training is also important to keep you strong, mobile and capable providing other health benefits like injury prevention and improved posture.
If you’re not sure which kind of exercises are right for your body we recommend taking some professional advice from one of our personal trainers who can sit down with you, discuss your goals and design a plan to help you achieve them. We can also instruct your gym sessions so that you get the most out of the time you put in making sure you don’t get injured.
Food and exercise are two of the most important factors in achieving a healthy lifestyle, but there are a number of other steps you need to take to make sure you’re looking after yourself. Getting enough sleep is a problem we see time and time again. Not getting your eight hours affects your body as much as chowing down on junk food. It leaves you tired and demotivated, so you’re more likely to reach for sugary snacks or skip the after-work gym session. It’s also really important to stay properly hydrated. Water bottles aren’t just for the cardio machines! You need to be sipping on H2O all day long. Get into this habit and you’ll find you are less hungry, have better skin and you won’t suffer from as many headaches.
Finally, you need to manage your stress levels. This can be tough because it involves putting yourself first. Saying no to overtime, favours for your friends or even your partner can make you feel guilty, but in reality you’re a lot more useful to people when you’re destressed. Otherwise you risk burning out and reaching for the ice cream tub. The above are some of the most important steps in living a healthy lifestyle and making a happier you. Embrace them and ditch the constraints of dieting. Life is a lot better when you feel good about yourself!