It’s a story we hear all the time: My husband and I decided to embark on a weight loss journey together. In the first month, I saw him cheat on the meal plan at least four or five times. I never cheated once. Not only that, but we worked out together at the gym, so I know I’m putting in just as much effort… And yet, at the end of the month, he had lost eleven pounds and I had only lost five! It’s not fair! Why do men have an easier time with weight loss?
Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise, and for good reason. It’s something almost everyone can do, it doesn’t require any special skill, you don’t need much equipment other than a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere at any time! For those on a weight loss plan and a tight schedule, walking makes sense as a regular form of exercise.
You know that weight loss can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, improve your mood and self esteem, and give you more energy. But for some people, certain “side effects” sometimes appear – and most people don’t talk about these things! So, here’s the scoop on a few facts you might not know, along with what to do about them.
Ask 100 people why they don’t work out regularly, and you will receive a variety of answers. However, one reason will probably be more common than all the rest: many people will tell you that they simply don’t have time for exercise.
When we think of “exercise” most of us picture long jogs, a minimum of an hour spent in the gym, or fitness classes that don’t always (or ever) work with our schedules. The truth is that you can actually cram a workout into just 15 minutes!
If you’ve added strength training to your workout routine, we’re happy to hear it. Building lean muscles is one of the best ways to boost metabolism and weight loss, and also benefit your health overall.
However, it’s possible that you’re making a common mistake. Many weight training newbies set up a prescribed workout (such as one recommended by a friend or featured in a magazine) and then they never change that workout. This is a mistake, because over time your muscles will get stronger. They need more of a challenge, and you’re probably getting bored as well.
Whether you’re trying to eat a healthier diet and prevent disease, or you’re actively pursuing a weight loss plan, adding more fiber to your diet should be one of the cornerstones of your strategy. Most people eating a typical American diet aren’t consuming nearly enough fiber, and it’s important for several reasons:
It is often said that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. You can do it almost anywhere, all you need is a decent pair of walking shoes, it’s free, and it requires no special skills. Almost anyone can start a walking program, and then gradually increase the length or difficulty of their walks as they get into shape.