By Rachel Comish
To be honest, I’ve never been the salad and gym kind of person. I’m more of a pizza once a week and occasionally go to zumba kind of a person. The problem is, I’m not in college anymore and I can’t scarf down ice cream and work it off hiking between classes. So, I’ve had to adjust to new habits and thought I’d share some knowledge and advice.
At the beginning of a diet, the first few pounds shed fairly easily. You cut out fries and sundaes, do a few laps and call it good. Once you get past that it gets a little trickier.
Losing weight is more about what you eat than how much you work out. When working out, we often build muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even though we look amazingly toned we may not necessarily be seeing a huge difference on the scale.
Because weight loss is so dependent on dieting, you have to be more careful with what you’re actually eating. Look at the ingredients. Don’t just glance at the calories, and assume that’s all you need to know. Carbs and sugar are primarily what makes us gain weight, so if something is only 100 calories but has 25 grams of carbs it’s probably not the best choice.
Snacking is my biggest weakness, so here are some healthier snack ideas:
Cream cheese (on celery)
Avocado (spread on cheese slices)
Eggs (scrambled with cheese and pepper, or boiled and sliced)
Homemade popcorn (olive oil, popcorn kernels, and a pinch of salt)
Veggie wrap (cheese, lunch meat, avocado, and mustard wrapped in lettuce)
Exercise can sometimes get monotonous or overwhelming. Here are a few things I’ve been trying:
1) Get a routine at the gym. If you get bored easily, like yours truly, switch off different workouts.
2) If you have access to exercise classes. It’s a great way to mix things up. I like zumba and kickboxing, it’s fun to be in a class where you’re motivated to work harder.
3) Swimming works every part of the body, so going to the pool is always a good option.
And if you prefer to sweat and gasp for dear life in the privacy of your own home, here are some tips on best workouts:
1) Get a mini trampoline or a jump rope. Jumping is a good way to keep moving, and you might as well do it while binge watching your newest guilty pleasure.
2) YouTube. There are tons of workout videos on YouTube. If you’re trying something new, it’s significantly less intimidating with your laptop than with an audience.
3) Strength building exercises. There are lots of small things we can do to keep our heart rate up and tone our bodies. I like doing crunches and sit-ups, squats and pushups are also good. There are also jumping jacks, planks, and simple stretching. Yoga is also great to do in the living room. Get a mat and a favorite video, and you’re good to go.
We are all different shapes and sizes. Obviously, we won’t all look the same even if we’re doing the same diet and work out routine. I’m not trying to be a size 4 because my body is not built for that level of skinniness. I’m just trying to get back in shape and be a little kinder to my stomach.
And you know what? I feel great. Salad is good, you guys.
(Image via stocksnap.io, by Peter Belch)