Losing weight isn’t exactly fun to talk about, and it’s even less fun to do. That’s why it’s important to have positive role models you can look to for inspiration. When you find a fitness plan you connect with, losing weight—whether it’s those 10 hibernation pounds or a slightly bigger challenge—actually isn’t that painful. Especially when it works.
We wanted to share diet and workout tips from some of our favorite health gurus, so we turned to the blogosphere. What we love about the women below is that they don’t intimidate or shame their followers; instead, they empower them with sensible, healthy advice for getting into great shape. Want to learn to lose weight the blogger way? Keep reading!
“At least two meals of yours a day should be a big salad full of greens and lean proteins. So, you can use something like kale, spinach, broccoli, mushroom, zucchini, squash, onions, you name it. And then also, for your lean protein, add a little bit of chicken or some tuna. And do not lose your waistline to those salad dressings.” — Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up
“Walking is one of the best ways to get your body moving, and unlike metabolic training or HIIT, walking adds very little training stress to the body, which results in a higher ratio of fat burn. This is because low-intensity exercises such as walking rely more heavily on fat than calorie reserves for completion. Also, when women walk, our deep abdominal fat is the first to go, which is something we all want.” — Carly Rowena
“This surprises a lot of people, because they use it as an appetite suppressant… I gave up coffee and wasn’t having those big, deep valleys where I was super hungry and tired and grabbing all this food to bring me energy.” — Rebekah Borucki of BexLife
“Since your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight, exercise is the obvious way to keep it stoked. You’re already doing a good amount of cardio exercise—and that’s great. But you should also add two to three days of strength training. As your weight goes down, you not only lose fat but also a small amount of muscle. Since muscle is critical to keeping your metabolism revved, any loss can reduce your metabolic rate and hinder weight loss. Strength training helps to preserve and build muscle, which gives your metabolism a little lift.” — Joy Bauer
"Your mind-set is everything. If you start your weight loss goals by seeing it as a ‘diet,’ it can automatically put you on the wrong foot before you have even begun. Unfortunately, the word diet has negative connotations such as depriving yourself, being miserable, and ‘getting through it’ so you can see the results you want. As I always say, the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to make it maintainable. Going on a ‘diet’ may work for the short-term, but once you lose the weight and resume your normal eating habits, the weight may come back quicker than you know it. Start by making small changes and slowly introducing new ways of eating and living into your life. Don’t deprive yourself, and allow the occasional treat. It’s all about balance.” — Kayla Itsines
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