“When Will I See Results?”

March 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Diet, Fitness, tips, Weight Loss, Weight Training | Leave a comment
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By Melinda F

 

“When will I see results?”

In this fast-paced world we live in people want immediate results. They want results before they even have had time to start. But guess what? That doesn’t happen with fitness. Even if you’re doing everything correctly and perfectly, it will still take TIME.

The time frame in which you will finally start to see results will vary from person to person, no matter what program you are following or what you’re eating or not eating. Why? Because we’re not all in the same type of shape to begin with and we all have different goals.

If you have less weight to lose, you’re gonna have to fight harder in the beginning because you won’t lose the last few pounds as quickly as somebody who needs to lose 30 pounds and is just starting. Make sense? It varies incredibly but there are ways you can help to speed up the process a bit.

You WILL see results when:

1. You measure your progress properly. Before you start any type of exercise program or make changes in your diet, track it! How will you know you’re making changes if you don’t even track it in the beginning and along the journey? Here are 6 things you should do before starting any workout program. If you start eating better, keep a food diary. You can do this online using MyFitnessPal.com – it’s free! I lost 15 pounds with the help of MyFitnessPal. This post explains how I set it up to lose the last 10.

2You stop agonizing over it every. single. day. Don’t weigh yourself everyday. Don’t judge yourself in the mirror everyday. Don’t take measurements or photos everyday. I would suggest weighing yourself ONLY ONCE PER WEEK. This gives your body sufficient time to make a change. Any changes noticed in your weight over a period of 1 to 2 days does not give you any real insight as to how you’re really doing. Changes take time. For measurements and photos, I personally suggest every 30 days or once per month.

3. You realize it’ll take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You also didn’t just go from in-shape to out-of-shape overnight. There were plenty of days in between there where something happened and slowly but surely, you likely gained weight, lost muscle, had poor eating habits, started drinking alcohol more often, etc. This needs to be reversed. Then slowly but surely, you will lose weight, gain muscle, lose body fat, etc.

4. You have the right philosophy. If you’re serious about getting into better shape or experiencing a greater level of fitness, having the right philosophy will make all the difference. If you want long-term results, you need to do it right with diet and exercise. It’s the old-fashioned way, it’s simple and most of all: IT WORKS. Long-term results mean making lifestyle changes. There’s no quick fix.

5. You clean up your diet. You don’t have to be perfect, but definitely strive for eating very well most of the time. If you workout religiously and eat like crap, you’re sabotaging yourself and the hard work you’re putting in during the workouts. This is when people start to think it’s the workout they’re doing that’s the problem. Not likely. You cannot out-exercise a poor diet.

6. You eat breakfast. Eating breakfast provides a number of benefits. While you’re sleeping, your body goes into fasting mode. Your metabolism slows down A LOT which means you aren’t burning as many calories. To break the fast, you need to eat breakfast. This was something I used to struggle with and still do from time to time, but I try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up each day. Sometimes I’m later than I want to be, but I make it a point to eat breakfast. This helps get your metabolism humming again and eating breakfast will also help you to make better food choices for the rest of the day.

Read the rest of this article at MelindasFitnessBlog

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