A weight loss endeavor can be tricky with all the information out there. Especially with the differing information contingent on your fitness level, gender, lifestyle, and everything in between. But there are a handful of fundamentals that, regardless of one’s background, should be addressed.
In this article, we’re gonna look at THREE fundamental weight loss tips that EVERYONE can, and should, apply to their weight loss goals.
#1 – Lift Weights AND Do Cardio Weight training and cardio are often prescribed for different goals
Cardio tends to be the one prescribed most for losing weight. The truth is, a combination of BOTH might be the best answer.
One study in 2012 found that resistance and aerobic training combined was able to increase fat loss more so than aerobic cardio alone. The combination also resulted in a gain of lean mass, such as muscle, while cardio alone resulted in a loss. This is especially true for beginners. Muscle’s higher metabolic cost also means more calories burned.
The significance of it, however, is still up for debate, but it’s still better than holding more fat anyway. If you do choose to do both, do them on separate days so they don’t affect the performance of each other. But if you have to do them within the same workout, then you should lift weights first and then cardio as there is less carry over fatigue.
#2 – Choose a diet you can stick to
Seems easy and logical enough. But it’s much more difficult and confusing when you’re not sure where to start. Intuition tends to lead us to follow the advice of others. Especially those that already have the results you want.
However, what might work for them doesn’t mean it will work for you.
It really boils down to one factor: adherence. A 2014 meta-analysis looked at 48 studies that followed numerous popular diets lasting 3 months or longer. The first thing they found was that having ANY type of diet is better than none at all. A structured approach should certainly beat out just winging it. They also found that restrictive low-carb OR low-FAT diets were associated with the greatest weight loss but not significant different to every other calorie-reduced diet as long as the diets… were maintained.
That led to them conclude that their findings “support the practice of recommending any diet” that the individual “will adhere to in order to lose weight.” In practice, this means testing out different plans that suits your preferences. That could be keto, high-carb, or even intermittent fasting or anything else. Adherence and calorie reduction are the biggest factors.
Fortunately, if you follow the first tip of lifting weights and cardio, then you should be burning a solid number of calories, thus, have some buffer room for a larger food calorie intake.
#3 – Get Your Protein !
Although the previous meta-analysis did not focus on protein intake, we wouldn’t be surprised if protein was high or remained largely unchanged in the diets considering much of the focus was on carbs and fats. Regardless, the benefit of protein during weight loss has been well-documented.
Two benefits being protein’s increased effects of satiation, making you feel full quicker, and satiety, making you feel full longer compared to the other two macronutrients carbs and fat. Such an effect will translate to fewer calories consumed per meal and longer periods before eating again, two nuanced problems commonly haunting weight loss endeavors.
One study even found that increasing protein intake from 15% to 30% of total macronutrient intake was able to spontaneously reduce calorie intake by 441 calories. And then there’s also thermic effect. In short, protein requires more energy for your digestive tract to process. For every 100 calories of protein consumed, about 35 calories are used to process it. Carbs and fats, conversely, take a meager 5 to 15 calories.
And of course, proteins direct connection to muscle growth and preservation. A common misunderstanding is that when you lose weight, you’re only losing water and fat. In reality, you’re also losing muscle mass. Having more Protein not only attenuates this issue, it can also lead to an increase in lean mass when paired with lifting weights.
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