My weight loss series that began on this blog has picked up again over at Beachbody’s Blog. Here’s the latest installment, in teaser form. This is another overview article. I’d just started to get into more nitpicky (aka interesting) ideas and theories when cancer interrupted the series. It’s coming back, and you’ll be able to stay up on these by looking in the Weight Loss area of the header. Click on the excerpt for the entire piece.
The beginning and the end of your fitness program are the two most difficult times, with the latter being by far the most frustrating. Losing those last few pounds, whether it’s off of your stomach, hips, thighs, shoulders, or triceps, can be brutally hard. Let’s take a brief look at why, and then we’ll go into some strategies you can employ that will guarantee you’re ready for summer.
First, your trouble area can’t be “spot reduced.” You’ve likely heard this before but let’s be clear. We all hang onto our last vestiges of body fat somewhere. It varies, but the process to get rid of it remains the same for all of us: You must reduce your overall body fat percentage. This means all of your training (i.e., working out or exercising) should work the whole body, and you’re going to need to turn the screw a notch when it comes to diet.
The beginning of a weight loss program is pretty straightforward. If you eat less and exercise more, you tend to drop pounds at a fairly consistent clip. This is because when you instill healthy habits, you bring your nutrient and hydration levels back to normal and this creates a flushing effect on your body. This results in dumping excess water and undigested food, generally leading to good results out of the gate…