Starting on Your Weight Loss Journey

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There are a lot of common myths that come with working out, losing weight and achieving that six-pack. Here are a few things to think about when starting on your weight loss journey. (

  1. Proper Diet. Exercise is really important when it comes to weight loss but you need to back up your exercise with a balanced diet. You can’t out-crunch a bad diet.
  2. Don’t avoid carbs completely. Our bodies use carbohydrates for fuel but be smart about which carbs you choose to eat. Choose carbs found in fruits, veggies, brown rice, beans, whole-wheat pasta and oatmeal.
  3. Not enough variety. Don’t limit yourself to one standard workout or your body may get into a slump. If you vary up your exercises, the amount of reps, add resistance or weight you will create muscle confusion will help you avoid hitting a weight loss plateau.
  4. Give your body a break. Just like you wouldn’t train your arms every day of the week without giving them a break, you need to give your abs a break too. They are a muscle and need rest.
  5. “Spot” training. Doing only crunches and sit-ups will not get you that six-pack you have always dreamed of. As mentioned above a proper diet is a key in addition to a varied full body exercise routine that includes cardio and weight training.