by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES
Being on a diet, structured exercise program, or nutrition plan, may be too strict, limiting you from some really good things, things that could take your weight loss to the next level.
And these rigid guidelines are probably not doing anything for your waist, hips, thighs, butt, or abs.
Plans that are TOO STRICT, limit healthy alternatives that could lead you to the trim, tone, and sexy you that you pictured when you started the program in the first place.
When you join a big-box gym (you know the ones I mean), they give you the same basic workout programs that they’ve given to every other “potential client” that walks through the door.
They can be very basic, generic, and lack value – especially if your plan is to shred some fat before spring and summer time!
But for the GREAT trainers out there, this is simply not the case!
For their services, you may shell out a ton of money for the results that you want.
Now granted, this exercise advice has helped hundreds of thousands of people every year begin to lose weight and change their lifestyle.
The only problem is: what happens when you need a change?
Do you end up paying more for that service, just to be told what exercises to do, or what foods to eat?
What other ALTERNATIVES are out there to improve your weight loss?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
Alternatives That Boost Weight Loss
Most programs today try to give you the best weight loss results.
But instead, they leave you feeling frustrated, confused, and worst of all, stuck with only a few pounds of weight loss.
This leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, and wanting more out of your weight loss, diet, or nutrition program.
The problem is you may have gotten stuck in a rut!
And that rut is preventing you from maximizing your weight loss program.
You see, the same cut-out programs, utilizing the same cardiovascular exercises…
The same weight machines…
And the same stretches, may have led to your body ADAPTING to the program, which may have SHUT OFF your weight loss results.
Not due to anything that you have done, mind you!
The problem with these types of programs is that they DON’T CHANGE!
And that is a BIG problem for your body, mostly if you are trying to lose weight.
Once your body gets used to an exercise or program, then chances are your body may stop adapting and changing, potentially causing your body to, well, STOP CHANGING.
You may see it all the time in the gym. You know, the people who do the same program, day in and day out, and how their body looks like it NEVER changes.
This is maybe because their body has stop adapting to the stress, because it is used to the weights, cardio program, or whatever they are doing.
You’re STUCK in a familiar rut!
However, if you include these three HEALTHY SWAPS, you may find your exercise program fun again…
May find your waist is once again shrinking…
You could see your ENERGY levels increase…
So what are the three swaps?
Are these the SOLUTIONS to your weight loss woes?
Without further ado, here are the three Weight Loss Swaps:
1. Interval Training, Slow Jogging or Running
For beginners, you may have been given a program that uses walking, brisk walking, or even light jogging.
As you progressed, you probably saw your cardiovascular endurance soar and your weight start to slow.
But what happens after a few weeks or months of this type of exercise?
Maybe you continued to see the LBS go down, but if you are like most people, your results may have leveled off.
Let me introduce you to the concept of interval training.
Now if done correctly, you can see FAT and CALORIE BURN for hours AFTER the workout is over.
Basically, if you are a walker, include 30 seconds of brisk walking.
If you are a runner, include 30 seconds of sprints.
Do this type of workout at least three days a week and your weight loss will go through the roof.
Research has shown that interval training and sprint training may be the most effective exercises at boosting calorie burn and promoting weight loss.
So what are you waiting for, get out there and start burning fat right now!
2. Planks and Regular Crunches
Crunches have been used for many years as a way to build your six pack abs.
However, it may not be the most effective exercise for giving you the lean, trim, and sexy body.
Before you go any further, you need to understand that no matter what exercises you do to trim your mid-section, if you have extra fat covering your abs, then you WILL not see them.
See the above swap for a GREAT way to boost fat burning.
Now, the plank is a great exercise that targets not only the abs, but your lower back, hips, thighs, and butt.
Plus, it may also include some work for your shoulders, back, and chest as well.
This exercise is a great exercise for boosting overall core strength, which could cause other muscle groups to be recruited to maximize your effort and this exercise.
Hold this position for 30 seconds and you may feel your body shake, your muscles become fatigued, and your abs may be on fire.
3. Oatmeal and Sugary Cereal
Americans have a problem with sugar.
A VERY BIG problem!
You see, Americans on average, include way too much extra sugar into their day.
And added sugar has been linked to increased weight gain and fat stores.
So switch out your favorite cereal for steel-cut oats that takes just five simple minutes to cook on your stove top.
It’s chock full of fat-shredding fiber, plus plenty of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to optimize fat burning and cellular health.
Pair this with some eggs (yes the yolks too!) and some fruit for a filling, nutritious, low-sugar breakfast.
End Your Weight Loss Woes
Weight loss doesn’t have to be as hard as everyone makes it out to be.
Granted, sometimes you may feel that you’re getting the best advice, especially when you are new, and it turns out that you are just handed a generic program and expected to make the best out of it.
But if you want to strike back at your fitness gurus or your own FAT stores, then try these three steps on for size.
You may find your energy levels higher, your fat loss greater, and your self-esteem through the roof.
So go ahead, try these FAT BLASTER SWAPS on for size today!
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Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.