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Five Golden Rules for Fat Loss

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1. Have a target
When starting out on your fat loss journey a good place to start is having something to aim for. Setting goals and time scales is a great way to keep you on track to achieve what you want. That doesn’t mean you should plan to lose 20 pounds in two weeks though, be realistic and make your goals attainable, so not to burn yourself out in the first week only to give up when you haven’t already hit your end weight goal. Give yourself a realistic time scale, set yourself a target and get yourself down to the gym!

2. Nutrition is key
The kitchen is unmistakeably a key place you need to look when achieving your fat loss goals. As the saying goes, 80% diet 20% exercise. Without a good balanced diet, tiring yourself out with masses of running is useless. Some good guidelines for a fat loss diet are:

  1. Eat lots of fruit and veg
  2. Cut down on refined carbohydrates
  3. Limit yourself to ‘good fats’ such as avocados, nuts, fatty fish
  4. Drink plenty of waterAvoid alcohol
  5. Top up on protein
  6. Say goodbye to sugar
     

3. Lift weights to lose weight
Most people looking to lose weight don’t realise the benefits of strength training. In fact, the likes of deadlifts, squats, push-ups and the bench press all help massively when it comes to shredding them pounds. Platt Lane duty officer Tim Simpson highlighted the importance of strength training, “the most common misconception when it comes to strength training is that it’s only useful for people looking to bulk up. When in fact it helps boost your metabolic rate by up to 15%, helping you achieve the weight loss goals you want”. Lifting weights might be unknown territory for some people, and it doesn’t mean you have to break your back attempting to squat your body weight in barbells. Just an amount that you’re confident and comfortable with!

 

4. Plenty of Cardio
Jog, cycle, swim or row. Anything that gets you sweating! Platt Lane has a great range of cardio equipment to choose from; bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and more. Whether it’s hour-long power walks or a high intensity spin on the bike, cardio is a must for fat loss and burning them calories.

 

5. Stay motivated
The biggest problem people usually have is losing motivation, after a month of staying away from chocolate it can be tough not to! Little things you can do to keep up your motivation are:

  1. Track your progress-it’s always good to see how much progress your making even if you’re not at your final goal
  2. Set short term goals as part of a bigger goal-reaching milestones along the way is a great way to keep yourself pushing through
  3. Get a friend involved-make the process more fun and keep each other going
  4. Remember why you started and how far you’ve come!

 

It’s easier said than done, but these five tips will help you on your way to achieving the fat loss goals you desperately want. Whether you just want some advice or your looking for a gym membership to start you off, call Platt Lane on 0161 247 5605 or check out our website at mmu.ac.uk/plattlane.

Friday, 26th October 2018

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