Healthy, sustainable weight loss feels like an impossible dream for many people. With so many fad diets and gimmicks screaming for attention on social media and in magazines, the path to lasting weight loss isn’t always clear.
The good news is that the secret to weight loss isn’t a secret at all – and never has been. The bad news is that it won’t happen overnight from drinking a miracle smoothie or swallowing a magical pill. It requires a determination to change an unhealthy lifestyle into one that supports a healthy body and mind. With a focus on positive change and good health, everyone has the potential to become unstoppable.
Here are a few proven methods that work together to aid in sustainable weight loss. As a bonus, these lifestyle enhancements also add to an overall sense of wellbeing and holistic good health.
Reformer Pilates was developed as a way for injured soldiers to tone and exercise their muscles while they were confined to a hospital bed. Today, it remains one of the most versatile, low-impact workouts around.
Weighted springs add resistance to each movement on the reformer machine, and can be adjusted for all levels of strength and ability. Because it requires stability and focused effort from each muscle group, reformer Pilates helps improve posture, core strength, and flexibility. Many people also report a reduction in back pain, thanks to having a healthier body.
Virtually anyone can participate in a reformer Pilates class, regardless of age or fitness level. It’s low impact on the body and improvements to flexibility, posture and muscle strength, reformer Pilates is considered a safe way to jump-start a weight loss program.
Because reformer Pilates is so effective at building muscle tone and increasing lean muscle mass, it helps the body burn calories even after the workout is over. Not only does muscle consumer less space than fat, making the body look long and lean, but it also boosts metabolism to supercharge weight loss.
As powerful as reformer Pilates may be in transforming body shape and muscle tone, it does require the help of some other lifestyle changes for lasting weight loss.
It’s no secret that a healthy diet is important for losing weight and improving overall health. In combination with a reformer Pilates program, a healthy diet only accelerates the shedding of fat layers to reveal the lean, sleek muscle underneath.
When it comes to eating well, it is crucial to understand caloric needs based on height, weight, and physical activity. It’s not so much about the number of calories, as it about the quality of calories.
A diet that is rich in lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables will leave the appetite satisfied, and the body fueled with the right vitamins and nutrients to support an exercise program. While moderation is key, harmful fats and empty carbohydrates and starches should be avoided as much as possible, as they can deplete energy levels and cause irregularities in blood sugar.
Above all, eating well should consist of a variety of foods to make a healthy diet interesting and sustainable. Any diet that is too rigid to maintain is a recipe for failure and discouragement.
The human body requires a certain amount of rest to function at its peak level. When deprived of sleep, the body can slow down metabolism to conserve energy, making weight loss more difficult and contributing to cravings for unhealthy food and empty calories. Another unpleasant side effect of poor sleep habits is an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone that contributes to abdominal fat.
Most adults need between seven and nine hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. While many people believe they can skimp on sleep during the week and make it up during the weekends, it doesn’t work that way. The human body depends on certain circadian rhythms when it comes to sleep and when the rhythm is interrupted or irregular, the body can’t function as it was designed or support the energy needed for reformer Pilates or any other exercise program.
Stress has been linked to weight gain and poor health. It impacts virtually every major function in the human body and can drastically derail weight loss efforts. Besides increasing cortisol levels, stress can have an impact on blood sugar levels and even lead to an increase in the size of fat cells.
Meditation and relaxation techniques can help produce a sense of calm, allowing the mind to centre and focus. Human beings must prioritise self-care, whether it is in the form of reading, massage, Pilates, or any other activity that produces a sense of peace.
The right state of mind will only enhance weight loss efforts. Any of the above lifestyle changes are worthwhile on their own but joined together, offer a triple-threat of wellness. They provide the muscle strength, fuel and mental stamina required to not only lose weight but support a lifestyle that will keep the weight off for good.
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