What is the hardest part about losing weight? Don’t Google it; this is part of the problem. People trying to lose weight are getting so much information thrown at them that they are not familiar with, and that leads to them to getting overwhelmed, Brian Mazza, a rising force in the fitness industry, says. “Apps and fitness trends give us another way to be able to lose weight but cannot do the work for us.”
Another big problem is following a healthy diet. “We are either not eating enough, eating too much, or eating the wrong things,” track legend Julian Reynolds says. People feel like they can eat whatever they want or “treat” themselves to that syrup-flavored latte because they work out every day, not knowing that the 60 minutes of yoga class or a 30-minute CrossFit workout didn’t burn enough calories to allow all these luxuries, she adds. “Working out AND eating responsibly yields results.”
Don’t forget that there are exercises you can do for quick weight loss, but none of them are quick fixes. Actually implementing a lifestyle change is what it takes to lose weight and keep it off, fitness expert Hannah Bronfman says. This is the sad reality. Consistency is key.
Sticking with it, even when things like your period might be holding you back, is super important, Bronfman adds. “That’s why I teamed up with Tampax Pearl Active, the new tampon made with MotionFit Protection; it makes it so I can have leak-free workouts, keeping me consistent and helping me hit my goals.”
The good news is that what it will take for you to get in shape is simple workouts. Fitness trends vary and seem to get fancier every year, but you can always count on the basics. “They are called ‘basics’ for a reason – they always work,” Shane McLean, certified personal trainer at Balance Guy Training, says.
Some parts of the body are more difficult to get in shape, both for men and women. For many, this is the midsection. “It's so easy to put on and so hard to get rid of,” Mazza says. This fat causes health problems and you need to work on shedding it.
The daily habits that led to the excess pounds are hard to change since they include eating bad foods that taste good, drinking excess alcohol and becoming a couch potato, Mazza adds. Working at an office job that doesn’t give you the opportunity to move around and increase your heart rate, which in turn leads to muscle loss, which decreases the rate at which your body burns calories is a huge part of the problem, he adds. But this is the situation most of the population is in.
Losing weight is simple: calories consumed vs. calories burned, Reynolds says. And some exercises help with that formula more than others.