If you are someone that struggles with their weight, overall fitness levels and even keeping up with your weekly or daily targets, then you could be doing something fundamentally wrong. Unlike the Instagram or Youtube stars that you may follow, whose job it is to stay in shape and flex their abs, for the average individual it can be tough to get and stay in tip-top condition, especially if you are trying to juggle a hectic lifestyle and social life too. So, if you dream of finally reaching your fitness goals then make 2018 your year to set and stick to your targets.
Remember, that when it comes to losing weight and toning up you will not be able to achieve the results that you so desire overnight. If you are trying to bulk up your overall muscle tone, shred fat or even work on a particular area of your body, such as your butt or thighs, then this requires consistent work and effort. You will need to make sure that you are working out, following a strict training plan, and fuelling your body with all the nutrients and proteins that it requires to repair and build your muscles. So, if you find that you are not losing weight, and are guilty of letting your diet slip at the weekends then this will be seriously harming your efforts to get and stay in shape. Make sure that any targets you set are achievable, and get ready to push yourself. Treat your body well and you will soon notice a difference in your overall physique.
Eat for fuel
If you are looking to score your best ever body then you need to make sure that what you are putting in your mouth will be complimenting the work that you are doing at the gym. If you are guilty of skipping breakfast or having one too many donuts at the office, then you need to start reshaping your approach and relationship that you have with food. Begin by making sure that you take time to enjoy a healthy, balanced breakfast. If you do not enjoy eating in the mornings, then you could try taking a smoothie or protein shake with you on the way to work or whisking up an omelette or eggs. Make sure that you eat breakfast, as this will help your metabolism get going and make sure that you are less likely to reach for the biscuit tin later on. Next, be sure to plan and prep your meals that you are going to eat during the week, so that you are less likely to grab a cheat meal or unhealthy option. Try using quinoa, brown rice or even sweet potatoes as carbohydrates, and choose lean meats or fish as your protein source. Fill up your plate with as many leafy green vegetables as you fancy, as these are ideal for boosting your antioxidant count. Do allow yourself one cheat meal or cheat day each week, but again, make sure that you do not completely lose all of your self-control. This blip will help you to feel much more motivated, meaning that you are more likely to stay strict and stick to your plan during the week. Approach your meal planning and food consumption differently, and you will start to notice a difference on your waistline and hips.
Make a plan
It might sound obvious but if you want to get in shape and stick to it, then you are going to need to write up a plan that you can follow on a daily basis. If your gym or fitness centre allows you to book in for classes in advance, then this is the ideal way to get yourself in a fit and healthy mindset, plus you can plan your week accordingly. Make sure that you have a mix of aerobic and weight lifting classes to ensure that you work all muscle groups and begin to turn your muscle tone from flab to fabulous. You may also want to consider hiring a personal trainer to help you get in shape and stick to your regime. It is far better to take on expert advice and guidance so that you can set reachable goals, and still remain motivated to follow your plan right through to the end. Treat your plan as a lifestyle change, you may surprise yourself and even make lasting changes for the better.
Finally, if you are trying to lean up and shred excess fat and wobbly areas, then you are going to need to start lifting heavy weights. Contrary to popular belief, this will enable your muscles to change shape and boost your metabolism also, meaning that you begin to transform your body from fat to pure, lean muscle. If you are looking to get into lifting, then be sure to speak to your local fitness advisor or gym assistant to help you choose the right weight for you to begin with. You should also make sure that you refuel after a heavy lifting session, so consider having a protein shake or supplement to hand. Finally, remember that lifting will take time and you will not be able to go too big right from the get-go. Have patience, take your time and enjoy your transformation process.
If you are looking to get and stay in shape, but find that you always lose motivation or slip up right from day one, then you need to assess your overall health and fitness approach. Chances are you are making a few simple mistakes along the way that are hindering rather than helping your efforts. Be sure to plan your meals and make sure that you enjoy a healthy breakfast, even if you are out and about. Be sure to have a fitness routine and consider working with a personal trainer to help you target problem areas and reach your goals. Finally get lifting those heavyweights, and make sure that you take your time to increase your lifting targets. Make sure that you approach your fitness journey as a lifestyle change rather than just as a quick fix.