Weight Loss Is A Struggle
Simply drinking an herbal tea once a day and using a shake weight is all it takes to get beach body ready, right? Wrong. Nothing pains me more as an upcoming personal trainer and fitness guru than seeing the views people have of themselves after these programs. Social media has made it almost impossible to have any realistic goal on how to be fit.
Change Your Focus
My first word of advice is stop focusing on just losing weight, the overall goal here is health. I say this because at some point when the pounds have been shed, there is still work to be done. Health is intended to be a lifestyle not a 30 day fix.
Calories In Calories Out
Allow me to debunk the possibility of losing 30lbs. in 30 days. One pound of fat is equivalent to a 3,500 calorie deduction. That is reducing your calorie intake by around 500-1,000 calories a day. To lose 30lbs. in 30 days you would have to cut your daily calorie intake by 3,500 in order to lose 1 pound a day. The typical daily intake is between 1,200 and 2,500 calories.
I want to express some key points as to why as humans we are perfectly imperfect and that has a lot to do with our health journey.
Height and weight go hand in hand. While 160 pounds may be overweight for a 5’ 1 female, it is a perfect weight for a 5’ 9 female. This is why solely relying on an “ideal” weight is ineffective. Between males and females it varies drastically.
Metabolic consistency varies between people. The rate in which an individual burns fat as well as the amount of time to gain muscle varies. There are multiple health conditions that can pertain to metabolism and how the body functions. For instance an individual with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) could need a completely different work out regime than someone without.
Muscle Mass increases weight for the good. Many have been taught to focus only on the scale, which is entirely wrong. 140 pounds of fat and equal amounts of weight in muscle mass looks entirely different.
Instead of falling head over heels for a miracle plan, learn to love your journey. If you choose to workout do it for your health, not just for the bikini.