It’s a problem which has been baffling men and women for decades, how to lose weight and keep it off long term. Today we’re going to teach you the rules which so many dieters and gym users miss and you’ll be achieving your fat loss goals in no time.
How many times have you heard people saying they cannot get rid of their belly no matter how hard they work in the gym or what they eat? What if we told you that the five simple rules to lasting weight loss are nowhere near as complex as you may think and, better still, they are all completely free to do.
By the end of today’s article you should feel a lot more confident and a lot more equipped in your battle against the bulge.
The path to great results doesn’t start in the gym. It doesn’t even start in the kitchen. It starts with a piece of paper and a calculator, believe it or not! The first thing you need to do is to establish your daily calorie target. We don’t want you to become one of those celeb diet addicted, yo-yo dieters who goes from quick fix plan to quick fix plan time and time again, piling the weight straight back on each time.
All you need to do is figure out your goal weight in pounds and multiply it by twelve. That’s it, you’re done. This ball park figure is there to give you an idea how many calories per day to eat.
The real trick comes in getting your macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) sorted out. This is where most people don’t pay enough attention to their diet but, trust me, it’s where the results are there for the taking. For instance, a guy eating a healthy 2000 calorie per day meal plan would get far superior results to a guy eating a unhealthy 2000 calorie per day meal plan, right? Of course he would.
One of the best ways to achieve this is to use the 4-4-2 system. That means 40% of your calories come from protein, 40% come from carbohydrates and 20% come from fats. So this is how to work that out:
For protein simply use your calculator to work out 40% of your daily calorie target and then divide the answer by four. That’s how many grams of protein you need to eat per day.
With your carb intake simply do the protein sum again, because they have the exact same values.
For fats you should take your daily calorie target and figure out 20% of that. Divide your answer by 9 and you have your daily fat goal.
If you are able to hit your daily target of the three main macronutrients you will notice that you stop counting you calories altogether. That’s because your macronutrients are far more important. This is why, as a fitness instructor, I can’t help but frown when I see ladies reading the calorie count on every little piece of food they eat throughout the day.
This solid diet plan is the first step to building the body and the new lifestyle you are striving for. Go for it. No matter whether this is your first attempt at building a better physique or you’ve tried a dozen times but got nowhere in the past. Now you have the facts, use them to your advantage.
Sadly, the majority of gym members never take the time to do what you have done today. They spend years trying to work out how to lose weight without actually taking the small amount of time necessary to put an end to all of their problems. The good news for you is that you’ve just taken the first step and now have the foundations of a really good eating plan established!
About the author: Russ Howe PTI is a fitness instructor who teaches people how to lose weight every day in the gym. Take more free tips from the UK’s most followed Personal Trainer if you’re trying to build a superior body in 2013.