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How to Lose Weight

The most common question I get asked is, how do I lose weight? The answer is quite simple yet, effective. People tend to complicate and stress it. I'll break it down in layman's terms.

First and foremost, let's start off with the most obvious fact of why you're not losing body fat. You're not shredding fat off because you are consuming more calories than you are burning. Throughout our daily routine, we consume calories as well as burn it. For example having a chocolate bar at work. You may lose some calories walking home from work, but your body will always try playing catch up trying to burn the calories you consume. It is impossible to lose weight without burning more calories than you are consuming because losing weight is the result of consistently burning more calories than you consume. Try these tips to maintain a well balanced calorie intake to burning ratio:



Review your calories. - Reflect (or calculate) how many calories you are consuming. You don't need to stop eating or starve yourself but with each choice of breakfast, snack or dinner if you're not burning what you're eating and then some then pick a better choice of food that's just as satisfying with less calories that'll do.


Stay Active. - One key point to your success is staying active. Once you have selected the proper meal choice, it's time to be active. You can take a nice walk with your dog or kids. You can go to the park and play ball with them. Walk up and down the stairs for a few to get your sweat flowing. Join a gym, get a trainer or get a program that'll work for you. Do anything that has you up and on your feet moving.


Home cardio workout. - Make a schedule that works best for you in order to get in half an hour minimum, of a home workout. ALL cardio selections. Most importantly stick to it! Mark it down on your calendar and get it in. Consistency is key!


The "compound effect". - The Compound Effect" is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or disaster by default. By this definition, small decisions add up! Start replacing that soda can for a water bottle. Try having 2 servings (of your food) instead of 5. Walk an extra two blocks on your walks. All the little things add up.


Gym setting. - Going to the gym, set an unconscious psychological motion into place. It helps motivate you when you feel unmotivated. A motion in set that tells you, "hey I'm tired but I'm here. Might as well get in a workout." If you're new to working out/ going to the gym, try going two times a week to start yourself off. The rest of the days can be at home. Many gyms have deals as well! Find the best one that fits you best and don't feel intimidated. Everyone there has a goal to reach and so do you!


Losing weight/ fat comes down to two things, motivation and determination! Are you ready?

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