How to Lose Weight & Stay Strong
If you want to stay healthy, it is recommended to include an hour of physical activity daily. This advice is good, perhaps a must for people looking to lose weight. Other than that, you can have a healthy diet to lose weight in the long run. In order to make sure that your workouts and healthy diet helps you build strength, it is important that you ensure that fat in your body turns into muscles. Exercises that focus on training for strength would make you feel stronger after losing weight.
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Tips to lose weight & Stay strong
- Burn fat but build muscles – You need to focus on workouts that burn excess fats but not only spare muscles but help to build more of them. This would involve sticking to the long-term weight loss approach. So, aim to lose 10 kgs over a period of 10-20 weeks rather than following a quick weight loss gimmick. To achieve this, the best plan is to have two days of workout, two days of interval training involving cardio workouts, followed by two days of rest to recover. You need to follow this routine for 20 weeks for best results. This would ensure that you build strength rather than lose it even when you are following a restricted diet.
- Choose a suitable diet plan – You need to plan a diet that suits your dietary preferences and lifestyle. If you need to stick to protein-based diet, choose a low-carbohydrate diet such as the Mediterranean diet. It prescribes fresh whole foods from many sources that make it very nutritious and very helpful for you to achieve your goal.
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- Manage portions – If you want to avoid packing on the calories, do not stack your dinner plate with large dishes at restaurants. Moreover, even when having your daily meals, make sure that half of your plate is filled with health foods such as fresh salads, carrot sticks and others. Order small entrees and more of appetisers rather than large entrees. Learn to chew your food well before taking it down. It breaks down your food into smaller bits and helps your intestine to process it easily and thus, help to manage fat.
- Make healthy food choices – Avoid foods that have not nutritional content. If you have more of foods that contain fibre, vitamins and minerals, they would naturally help you stay strong. So, avoid foods made from white flour and refined food items. Take to whole grain foods such as oatmeal, bulgur, quinoa, rice and amaranth. Avoid processed foods that contain sugar, syrups and MSG and take to fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks.
You can lose weight and yet stay strong by following the tips given here. Just make sure that you stick to a diet and exercise plan
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Aug 16, 2012
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