Small Changes For Successful Weight Loss

People come to LIV Fitness for many reasons. One of the biggest is the convenience. We’re open and ready to serve 24/7. People can workout any time and achieve their fitness, weight loss, and health goals. One client told us that the 24-hour access helped him get into shape and lose weight. His schedule is erratic, so work ends at odd hours. His day used to end with several drinks to help him relax and a big meal. Now he works out after work and goes home to a planned meal he can pop in the microwave. The exercise helps him wind down from the day, and meal planning helps him eat healthier.

If you’re not ready for a big change, take it one step at a time.

Start by changing your diet in baby steps. Maybe you aren’t ready for meal prep. If that’s true, then change one bad food habit. Cut out food with added sugar. You don’t have to change your entire diet. That one change makes a huge difference. Substitute sweet fruit. Opt for unsweetened yogurt and add fruit instead of yogurt packaged with fruit. Those often have added sugar, too. Instead of ordering fries, order a baked potato and top it with plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

If you aren’t ready for a full-blown exercise program, increase your activity level.

Walk more. Instead of circling the store for a parking spot, park further from the store and walk. You’ll burn calories, increase your exercise, and save gas. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If your destination is several floors up, take an elevator part of the way and the stairs the other part and make your goal using the stairs the entire way. Take a walk at lunch. Play a game of tag with the kids when you get home from school or go for a walk together. Anything that increases how much you move is beneficial.

Make your fun time a healthy time.

Meet friends at the gym after work instead of for a drink. You’ll have fun, decompress, and be healthier for it. Take date night to the gym. Make your life partner your workout buddy. Exercise together three times a week. Spend more time with friends laughing. Studies show that laughing burns calories and that a good social life helps you live longer. M

  • Switch out fruit juice or soft drinks for water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee. Avoid diet soft drinks. Studies show they may cause an increase in waist circumference.
  • Make household chores part of your workout. Push yourself to move as fast as possible. Sweep the floors with vigor and put elbow grease into scrubbing kitchen appliances. You’ll get exercise and have a clean house to show for it.
  • Get plenty of sleep. If you don’t get adequate sleep, it causes an overproduction of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you hungry, and a suppression of leptin that makes you feel full. That makes you feel hungrier so you eat more.
  • Eat slower. Chew your food well, savoring every bite. The longer you chew each bite, the more time it gives for your stomach to signal your brain it’s full. Studies show it causes people to eat less.

For more information, contact us today at LIV Fitness

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