Author: Matt Maresca
When it comes to healthy weight loss, it is not nearly enough to just exercise. You must also eat properly to have a chance at success. It is also not enough to just eat right, you must still stay active and exercise regularly. One or two things will not help you achieve healthy weight loss to any significant level, however combining multiple high-quality methods will ensure you great results. This is not meant to scare you, nor is it meant to overwhelm you, rather this is a simple fact that most people completely ignore.
It amazes me how many people work out hard for an hour or so everyday and then hit up McDonald's for lunch. The philosophy "I worked it off in the gym" just does not work in the real world. You can burn some extra calories through exercise, but you are throwing all that away if you continue to eat garbage. Sorry, but that's the reality. Working out does not earn you the right to eat however you want, that is unless you want to stay in your current physical condition and put your health at risk.
Similarly, you can not expect to achieve healthy weight loss if you simply eat right and do not exercise. How do you expect to build muscle and improve you metabolism if you do not exercise? How do you expect to improve your physical condition if you do not exercise? You can't expect either of these things because they simply cannot happen without exercise.
To achieve healthy weight loss, not only to you need to eat right and exercise right but you also need to exercise at both high and low intensities. You must take advantage of high intensity resistance training and interval training; and also low intensity resistance training and aerobic cardio. The combination is what ensures success and what makes sure your body does not adapt to exercise. The combination is necessary for true healthy weight loss.
One final thing that you must implement into your healthy weight loss routine is rest. You must properly periodize your workouts and rest appropriately to make sure your body recovers from the stress of exercise and responds optimally to your efforts. For example, when you perform a resistance training workout, your muscle tissue is actually breaking down. In order to get the most out of your next workout, you must allow this tissue to fully recover and rebuild. In addition to this type of rest, sleeping 6-8 quality hours each night will also help with recovery and aid in your weight loss goal achievement.
Some people just do traditional aerobic cardio to lose weight. Others simply eat right. However, the people who actually achieve lasting healthy weight loss success are the ones who exercise using different training methods, eat right, and rest properly. The combination of all these factors is not an option if you want to be successful when it comes to healthy weight loss, it is necessary. Don't slack in any of these areas. Focus all of your efforts on the ultimate prize. By doing this, you will significantly increase your odds of getting it.
Matt Maresca is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His passion is to help rid the world of fads, gimmicks, and misinformation concerning weight loss and teach the principles of healthy weight loss. His website http://www.schoolofweightloss.com does just that.