Weight Loss, its a big topic in the fitness industry. The amount of people who exercise and want to achieve this is extremely high. I would say about 85% of people I've worked with, if not higher want to lose weight. Losing weight really is quite simple when you think about it, all you have to do is burn more calories than you're consuming (easily said then done). There is so much in the media about weight loss and its easily to get confused on how to shed the pounds and get the ball rolling. I'm going to give you some tips that you can put in to action so you'll soon be watching the pounds drop off.
Keeping track of your calories will give you a good idea of where you're at, My Fitness Pal is a great app to use for this. You can log all your daily food intake and exercise as well. Exercise can be manually entered or can sync your fitbit and will automatically update. By doing this you can actually see what calories you're putting in your body and how many you're burning. You might be shocked at how many calories you're actually having, I know I was when I recorded one of my cheat days. Your target is to burn more calories than you put in. If you do this then you WILL lose weight. If you want to give yourself a little target of 1 pound fat loss a week here is what you will need to do. 1 pound of fat is roughly about 3500 calories, so if you burn 500 calories each day that will equal to a pound of FAT loss a week.
Moving onto more of a nutritional side of things now, I'm going to talk more about calories and the quality of the calories you are having. Say your daily calorie intake goal is 2000 calories, that doesn't mean you can have 2000 calories worth of pizza, cake and wine everyday (although that would be nice haha). You need to make sure you're getting a healthy balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and veg, carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. If you look at the human body like a car, the food you put in would be the fuel. if your fuel is made up from burgers, chips, crisps and chocolate then you're at high risk of breaking down, e.g heart attack. However if you fuel with fruit, veg, fish, eggs, meat, nuts and pulses etc you will be a lot more efficient and spend less time in the garage getting work done.
Treats! Not going to lie, I've got a big sweet tooth myself and like the odd bar of chocolate, a big slice of cake, bag of haribo and a few beers, I'm human and like to treat myself (sometimes too much). Cutting out everything you like isn't going to be a realistic option, you still need the odd treat. I believe you should be able to enjoy yourself and have what you like, just in moderation. There is more chance of going back to your old habits if you cut every single thing out, instead have a cheat day at the weekend to satisfy your needs. The secret is to limit your treats, having a blow out on a Friday night is absolutely fine, just make sure the rest of the week is on point.
A little recap for you, track your calories, burn more than you consume, keep your diet healthy and balanced, treat yourself in moderation and finally enjoy watching the weight come off!!