Regular exercise, healthy eating, and sufficient rest are essential factors when achieving the optimum weight and getting into shape. However, when it comes to fitness, there are a ton of questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by.
Therefore, The Body Firm Atlanta wants to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you shed the extra pounds. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about weight loss.
1. What workouts are best for weight loss?
The short answer is workouts that burn many calories, including cardio and weight lifting. Typically, if you are a beginner, you won’t be burning many calories lifting weights due to inexperience. We believe that you should set a foundation of cardio but develop your weight lifting capacity. A good cardio base will always give you a fighting chance at weight loss/weight control. If you’re in shape, your body will reflect that. To make it easier for weight loss to stick, you should build strength and lean muscle to increase metabolic expenditure (calorie burning) during the day.
2. What are the best eating habits for weight loss?
Eat out less, if not stopping altogether, as you never know the food ingredients list when you eat out vs. eating at home. Eat whole foods with lots of fiber, but try to limit even natural sugars. Milk and cheese may be detrimental to your weight loss goals due to their higher fat content. However, it doesn’t mean you should avoid fat. Stick to less calorie-dense fatty foods like nuts and avocado.
3. How much weight should I be trying to lose?
It depends on your current weight and what your doctor tells you is your ideal weight. Check a BMI chart to see if your current weight puts you in a health risk category. Ideally, BMI should be between 19-25 on the BMI scale.
4. How fast should I expect to lose weight?
Other than the first few weeks, losing approximately 1-2 lbs per week is considered healthy. Losing much faster long term will likely result in some muscle loss. It would help if you did not lose weight linearly and try to stabilize it. Long-term calorie deficits can be detrimental to your health and metabolism.
5. Why have my previous weight loss attempts been unsuccessful?
It could be due to several reasons. Typically, many people get it wrong on the weekends when they aren’t as likely to have a planned schedule. They are also more prone to eat out at a restaurant. It’s best to stay active on weekends and make good foods at home to keep your weight loss more consistent. Also, focus on the other intangibles, including Sleep, Hydration, Low Stress, and Fitness. It would help if you had all of these in order when trying to lose weight.
6. How do I keep my muscles while losing weight?
Protein is essential in retaining muscle. Many people try to under-eat or take in as little as possible to lose weight, resulting in protein deficiency and other nutrients. It results in feeling weak, being in a bad mood, and not enjoying the process. To keep your metabolism operating at a high level, you should eat sufficient calories for your size, age, gender but increase your activity level to lose weight. You have to keep your eating under control, so track your calories. But more work + sufficient calories = success in weight loss.
7. What are the benefits of weight loss?
The benefits include better health, more energy, less stress on joints/ligaments/tendons, more confidence, better mood, amongst other things.
8. Can The Body Firm Atlanta help me lose weight?
We specialize in weight loss coaching and have helped hundreds of people lose weight AND keep it off. Our lives are a journey, and we are here to help you get the most out of your fitness/wellness as possible without overly strict diets, selling products, shots, or pills.
If you have any more questions about weight loss, get in touch with the experts at The Body Firm Atlanta.
As a top personal fitness trainer in Duluth, Atlanta, GA, we provide personal and group fitness training, online fitness training, and corporate fitness programs.
We serve clients across Atlanta, Duluth, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Norcross, Alpharetta, and Lilburn. We also cover Berkeley Lake, Dunwoody, Doraville, Stone Mountain, Peachtree Corners, Tucker, Snellville, Grayson, and Roswell.
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