It’s the most common goal my clients come to me with–how can I lose weight/fat? Many are surprised when I don’t program a ton of cardio for them. In fact, I tend not to program much at all. Why? Because it is not the best way to lose fat and keep it off long-term.
Cardio works short-term but it’s not a sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off. The best formula for fat loss is resistance training and nutrition. Muscle is our body’s furnace. The more we have, the more our bodies naturally burn calories at rest. What’s more, muscle is what gives you a “toned” look that everyone loves. You can’t get that from cardio alone. Muscle gives our bodies shape and looks phenomenal on everyone.
Busy working moms need the most efficient way possible to stay in shape. If you’re looking for the magic recipe, here is a generalized outline:
- Resistance train 3 to 5 times per week for about 45 minutes. If you can’t do at least three days, you can get away with two, if they are full body routines. You can do this in a fully-equipped gym or home with dumbbells or bands. You can even use your own bodyweight. It all counts.
- Calculate your daily calorie requirements and use a tracker for at least two weeks to see where you are. Adjust as needed. Most people find they need to increase protein and lower carbs. Simply adding more protein and fibrous fruits and vegetables works wonders. Also, steer clear of processed foods.
- Walk at least 8,000 steps per day. You can do some cardio for heart health, too, but don’t overdo it. Once or twice a week for 20 minutes is more than enough.
- Get enough sleep. Enough said.
Resist the temptation to overdo cardio. Don’t ignore resistance training. I promise you, it’s the best way to look and feel your best! Need some guidance tailored to your specific goals and lifestyle? Contact me today for personal coaching.