If you’re reading this, you probably want to lose weight. Many of us go through phases in our lives where we want to lose anywhere from five to twenty or maybe even thirty pounds. It can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is set yourself up for success. Once you have a plan to be successful, I have no doubt, that you will be successful.
So, in order to help you be successful, I am going to share three steps that I believe you should take to reach your goal weight:
Step 1:Get your Basal Metabolic Rate
You need to find out your Basal Metabolic Rate. Your basal metabolic rate is how much energy our bodies use while we are at rest. In other words, it is the amount of calories that your body needs to survive without any activity. To calculate your BMR, click here.
When you have calculated your BMR, multiply this number by 1.5. This new number is going to indicate how many calories your body requires to maintain your current weight. Eating a daily calorie intake between your BMR and your BMRx1.5 is going to give you a calorie range to eat daily, in order to lose weight.
Step 2: Journal and Diet
Diet is essential to weight loss. If you are not eating properly, you can say goodbye to your weight loss goal. I highly recommend figuring out your current daily average calorie intake. Do this by keeping track of what you eat for three days. From here, you can make the necessary adjustments, so that you are in line with how many calories you should be consuming to lose weight.
My diet philosophy is the 321 Way: 3 meals, 2 snacks, and at minimum 1 liter of water. Ideally, you should be eating small, frequent meals. Many people are shocked when I recommend eating more often throughout the day; but eating more frequently gives you the benefits of:
- Boosting your metabolism
- Balancing your blood sugar
- Cutting late night cravings
Step 3: Exercise
Exercise is another important component to shedding the pounds. Combining a solid exercise routine with a clean diet will make you unstoppable. It is in my belief that a well-rounded exercise plan includes cardio, strength training, and core work. Each of these components has its purpose:
- Cardio will boost your metabolism
- Strength training will tone your body and boost metabolism during rest
- Core work will build a strong foundation for your body overall
I am confident that if you combine these three steps, you will be well on your way to achieving your weight loss goal!