My Weight Loss Story
Slimming down can easily become the focal point of a woman’s life because like work and family, weight loss can take on a life of its own.
Why? Because losing weight requires constant effort and resources in order to be successful. You also need to invest plenty of time perfecting your personal method of losing weight. But at the end of the day, you get to enjoy all of the rewards of your hard work!
Do you want to know my story?
When I started out with my own weight loss journey, I didn’t know anything about proper dieting or exercise. All I knew was that I had to lose weight because my doctor told me that I was at risk of developing diabetes and permanent cardiovascular problems because of my extra pounds.
I come from a family with an “interesting” medical history.
My dad has high blood pressure and diabetes; the same can be said of my mother, who developed type 2 diabetes later in life. My siblings have similar health issues. A few years ago, my doctor stated that I was ‘next in line’ because my cholesterol and blood sugar levels were up.
Of course, I was terrified of the idea. I grew up seeing my parents taking medication after medication every single day. Day in and day out, my parents battled their chronic metabolic diseases with ever-changing pills and tablets.
Every six months or so, we waited for test results to see if the medications were working… Sometimes they didn’t. That meant more pills, more tests and even more visits to the doctor’s office.
I wanted my story to be different… So I did something about it!
A few years into my weight loss journey, I finally hit my target weight and was able to maintain it. My doctor congratulated me for my success in losing weight and also informed me that my test results had improved significantly!
I felt empowered and finally, in control of my body. I was no longer waiting for health problems to simply claim my body. I was able to stand up and say “I refuse to be unhealthy because of my weight!”
And now, we’re here and I am in the position to help others feel the same way I did when I lost weight.
When I was starting out, what really helped me were the little things that enhanced my overall performance. Working out and dieting can be very challenging at times, but they become easier when you know the secrets.
How can you make your weight loss journey easier?
Here are my special tips for you today:
1. Breathe Properly – When you are working out, never hold your breath. Holding your breath might seem like an easy way to finish a movement, but it’s not.
What is the proper way of breathing during exercise?
When you hold your breath, oxygen in the blood is reduced and your muscles have less oxygen, too. Exercises typically have two phases: the negative (release) and positive (exertion).
Inhale deeply through your nostrils during the negative/release phase and forcefully breathe out during exertion. This will take some practice but this is a time-tested breathing method especially for those of you who regularly perform resistance training workouts.
2. Warm Up and Cool Down – Warming up and cool down exercises are essential for keeping your muscles safe from injury.
What are the benefits of warming up and cooling down?
Warming up increases blood flow to major muscle areas and prepares your entire body for a workout. Cooling down on the other hand, may help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness after a workout.
Warm up exercises can be performed a few minutes before your main exercise. It would be best to have a short recovery period after your warm up exercises before starting on your main workout routine.
3. Eat Breakfast to Burn Fat – Many folks like working out early in the morning because it complements their work or study schedules. If you are an “early bird” as well, don’t forget to eat something before heading to the gym.
Never go the gym without consuming a small amount of food. Your body needs a fresh supply of calories and nutrients to jumpstart the fat torching process. So fuel up before running on a treadmill!
4. Stay Hydrated – Hydration is essential for keeping water weight at bay. Contrary to popular belief, drinking lots of water does not cause water retention!
Water retention often occurs when the body detects very little water intake throughout the day. If you want your body to release excess water, you need to drink lots of water regularly.
It is common for fitness buffs to pass water every few hours because they drink the required amount of water for their weight.
To obtain your your target water requirement, simply take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. So if you weigh 180 pounds, you will need approximately 90 ounces of water a day to remain hydrated.