The best weight loss program is one that you stick to. Most people who decide to lose weight, typically sign up for a gym membership or go and join some weight loss program.
After 2 or 3 weeks when they do not see their efforts bearing fruit, they throw in the towel and say that the program does not work.Really? Did the program not work or did they not put in enough work?
The answer is most often the latter. You’ll need to etch this mantra in your mind… “Give yourself 90 days!”… That’s how long it takes for you to see visible results.
The process of gaining weight is a slow one, and yet people expect weight loss to be fast. Your body has its own schedule, and while you may accelerate things a little, you do not get to dictate the speed at which it will burn off all your fat.
If you understand that you need to give any weight loss program at least three months to work, that’s half the battle won. Now, let’s look at specific requirements you should look for before deciding on a weight loss program.
Always look for reviews from satisfied customers. Go on YouTube and look for body transformation videos that show people using the program to achieve phenomenal results. If you searched for P90X, Insanity or CrossFit, you would come across a ton of positive reviews.
That’s because these programs work. They have been proven to deliver the results. These are the kind of programs you need. Only results matter. While it’s true that some exercise is better than no exercise, the truth of the matter is that if you wish to lose weight, you really want to see the flab disappearing. Only visible results can keep you motivated to stay with the program.
Cost of the program
How expensive is the program? Will you need to take out a second mortgage on your house to afford it? There is absolutely no need to fork out money on an expensive gym membership or get a personal trainer to keep you on track.
If you’re determined to lose weight, you will find the motivation on your own. You can work out and home and still see fantastic results. As mentioned earlier, the P90X, Insanity or Tae Bo workouts come in a set of DVDs. These are a small investment that you can use to shred the fat off your body very effectively.
They are way cheaper than a gym membership and much more convenient since you can workout at home. Far too many people think that they’re actually doing something by spending money on gym attire, workout equipment, supplements, etc.
The only thing that they’ve done is spend money… when all they really need to do is watch their diet and exercise till they’re soaking in perspiration. You don’t need to take a bank loan for that.
Does it suit you?
This is a crucial point to note. If you are overweight, and you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle for years, never ever start on a training program that is high-intensity.
There are methods such as Tabata or HIIT that require immense effort. If your body is not accustomed to exercise, these workouts are going to be excruciating, and you may even hurt yourself.
So, if you’re choosing a workout program, do check that there are modules for beginners or the program is designed for beginners. Do not get an advanced program and think that you will struggle and cope with it just to get faster results. This is actually counter-productive.
Your body will go into shock because of the load you place on your central nervous system. It will hit a plateau, and you will not see any results no matter what you do. Challenge yourself moderately but do not overdo it.
To summarize, pick a program that has been proven, is affordable and meets your current fitness level. Stick with the program and as you improve over time and the pounds start to melt off, you will have the stamina and strength to take on the more advanced stages or programs.
Your body is a work in progress. That means you will get there a little at a time and not all at once. Stay on track.