Weight Loss Program
by Patrick Austin
Developing a Weight Loss Program
If youre really serious about losing weight, you need to
develop a sound weight loss program. The foundation of your programs
needs to be two things1.) a healthy, nutrient filled diet
and 2.) a cardiovascular exercise routine. If you dont incorporate
these two basic things into your weight loss program, you will
never achieve your fitness goals.
Your weight loss program should also include cutting out sugar-filled
sodas and replacing them with water and green tea. In addition,
you need to make a point of getting eight hours of sleep. A good
nights rest will certainly help you with weight loss.
Here are some tips and basic guidelines for the areas of diet
This could be the most important aspect of a weight loss program.
You need to get rid of simple carbohydrates like white bread,
processed pasta, and potato chips. You should replace them with
complex carbohydrates like multi-grain bread, wheat pasta, and
reduced carbohydrate chips. In addition, you need to incorporate
higher protein foods like grilled chicken breast, salmon, lean
meat, and soy.
Changing your eating habits doesnt mean you have to stop
going out to dinner or eating at fast food restaurants. Most places
have started to add healthy alternative options. For example,
Wendys offers a great variety of salads that can fill you
up and provide you with a good combination of protein and green,
leafy vegetables. My favorite fast food restaurant has to be Subway.
Theyve partnered with Atkins to provide reduced carb wraps.
Though, I tend to get the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sub(on
wheat bread, of course) when I go there.
My exercise routine consists of running three times a week on
a treadmill and weight lifting three times a week. I interchange
the workouts, running one day and then lifting weights the next,
so I dont do the same routine back-to-back. This allows
me to burn fat with the cardiovascular exercise and build muscle
with the free weights.
If you dont like to run, there are a number of simple cardio
routines you can do. Walking, jogging, swimming, and stair climbing
are all good exercises.
With regards to weight lifting, remember to take it slow and
dont try to lift too much in the very beginning. After some
time, gradually add five pounds to your sets. This will help you
achieve gains in a more natural and progressive fashion.
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Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health for a number of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com. He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.