Weight loss: The ultimate guide to smashing fitness goals
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Weight Loss: The Ultimate Guide to smashing fitness goals

My ULTIMATE guide to losing weight will help you to keep focused on your weight loss goals. Do you find losing weight more to be more difficult than you thought? Are you struggling with the balancing act between food and exercise? My weight loss tips are designed with you in mind so keep reading!


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The Ultimate Guide to Losing Weight

I previously posted about my struggles with losing weight and staying fit. Having battled with my weight for pretty much my entire life, I have tried a few options to shed some pounds. Some were successful, some not so much.

After trying many diet plans, fads and weight loss programs, I have figured out what actually works and also what is sustainable in the long term.

Today I’m sharing my weight loss tips with you to help you lose weight and achieve your weight loss goals!

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Balanced Diet And Exercise For Weight Loss

Ok, this might come as a surprise to some of you, but… What you eat contributes to your weight loss. How you exercise also contributes to your weight loss.

And yes, while it is possible to lose weight by controlling your calories alone; it’s actually more effective to get the right balance of calorie controlled diet and exercise regime in place.

In fact, for long term sustainable weight loss, the magic balance seems to be around 75 per cent diet and 25 per cent exercise.

Balance Exercise and nutrition for weight loss

If you lose weight by only cutting calories, then only some of the weight you will lose will be attributed to fat loss. There will be other contributors such as muscle and bone density, which you need.

Whereas, balancing a fitness regime with a calorie controlled diet will build muscle and increase your metabolism meaning that you’ll burn more fat and less of the tissues that you need.

It’s important to be aware that by losing weight with diet and exercise, the numbers on the scale might not change much or look too impressive. This is because you will lose fat but gain muscle, which weighs the same. However, muscle is much more dense, meaning it takes up less space and you will be slimmer.

Therefore, you shouldn’t rely solely on the scales. You should also judge your weight loss by taking your measurements and feeling the difference in how your clothes fit.

You are what you eat!

What you eat contributes to your weight loss; I just wanted to reiterate that point.

If you’re trying to lose weight then you really need to address the food you eat. Eating take-out or fast food every night will not help you to lose weight. Nor will eating heavily processed ‘easy bung it in the oven’ frozen foods.

Balanced Diet for weight loss

While processed foods require no effort at all to cook, they are missing key nutrients the body needs. However, processed foods are full of artificial additives and preservatives which can slow down your weight loss or make you gain weight instead.

There has been a reasonable debate regarding the right balance of food and the correct diet to follow for weight loss.

It is true that low carb/keto diets do see quick results. However, these diets are not sustainable in the long term.

Nor are liquid diets, soup diets, cabbage or spinach diets, or anything else that gives results that are too good to be true.

Skinny coffee anyone?! I only wish that worked!

The reason these diets don’t work in the long term is that when you significantly cut calories, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy. Unless your eating habits change, you’ll probably regain any weight you may have lost.

Lifestyle change for sustainable weight loss

The key to losing weight includes a healthy balanced diet based on fresh ingredients. Fresh fruit and vegetables provide an abundance of vitamins and nutrients to help your body to function effectively.

Typically speaking a good layout of your plate is as follows:

  • A ½ meal is Vegetables
  • A ¼ meal is Whole Grain Carbohydrates
  • A ¼ meal is a Lean Protein
Pie chart showing 50% vegetables, 25% Protein and 25% Carbohydrates

Making a lifestyle change to base your diet on fresh healthy ingredients will enable you to achieve sustainable results. The keyword here is ‘lifestyle’.

We’ve established that crash diets don’t work because all weight that was lost is easily regained when you return to old eating habits.

A lifestyle change is just that. A conscious effort to not return to the failings of the past. To keep moving forward with your goals in sight and a much healthier attitude towards food.

Ingredients

Ingredients may differ from person to person due to personal taste or allergies. However, some of the staple ingredients that I cannot cook a meal without are included below:

  • Spinach, Broccoli, Kale and Cabbage
  • Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions
  • Sweet potato, Leeks and Tomatoes
  • Eggs and cheese
  • Chicken, Mince (5% fat), and Beef
  • Salmon, Mackerel and Haddock

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Macro counting

If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘macros’ it’s quite simple. Macronutrients are the three food groups that are required for our bodies to function. Carbohydrates for energy, Fats to keep you fuller for longer and Proteins to build and repair muscle damage.

The balance of macros in a diet will be the difference in whether weight is gained or lost. To work out your macros breakdown I suggest using the IIFYM macro calculator.

MyFitnessPal is also a very handy tool for those looking to be more mindful of their calorie intake or anyone balancing their macro breakdown. By tracking what you eat, you can avoid overindulging in the wrong foods and the inevitable weight gain that comes with that.

Exercising for weight loss

I have explained that while yes, it is possible to lose weight without exercising it’s actually not as beneficial for you.

Aside from raising your overall fitness levels, by workout out as part of your weight loss plan, you will lose more fat and build muscle as a result.

There are numerous types of exercise you can incorporate into your daily routine. Some examples include:

  • HIIT training
  • Resistance/weight training
  • Walking
  • Zumba
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

In order to keep a solid workout routine, it must be something you find enjoyable. Choose something you love doing and working out won’t feel like a chore.

I am a particular fan of HIIT Workouts and I’ve also written about the benefits of HIIT. HIIT is my favourite type of workout because I can get my heart pumping and complete a full body workout in under 30 minutes.

I feel like I get the benefits of cardio and body weight exercises but I can easily fit it around my busy lifestyle.

Being Accountable for sustainable weight loss

Being accountable for your weight loss is essential for longterm success. It’s all too easy to achieve some level of weight loss and slip back into old habits. Then, of course, the inevitable weight gain happens and we’re back to square one. Having been there too many times myself, this is why it’s important to make a lifestyle change rather than to crash diet!

How to become accountable for weight loss

I have a few methods for keeping myself accountable for my weight loss.

  1. Keeping a food and exercise diary in MyFitnessPal
  2. Keeping track of Macros and Calorie intake in MyfitnessPal
  3. Using my fitness watch to count my daily steps
  4. Creating my own fitness routines and sharing with you via Fat To Fit Club
  5. Weighing and measuring myself and sharing via Weigh-In Wednesday

As mentioned above, one of my methods for holding myself accountable for my weight loss is via Fat To Fit Club.

Fat To Fit Club

Fat To Fit Club showcases a range of workouts designed to boost your weight loss and fitness levels. We will be starting with HIIT workouts before branching out to other fitness routines.

Supporting Each Other

In addition, our community support group to hold ourselves accountable for our weight loss will be Weigh-In Wednesday.

During Weigh-In Wednesday I’ll be sharing my current weight and measurements, and I’d like to encourage you to do the same! Weight-In Wednesday will take place on the FIRST Wednesday of each month.  

The reason for monthly weigh-ins rather than weekly, is to see more accurate results over a longer period of time rather than tiny fluctuations week to week.

It’s also not healthy to become obsessed with the numbers on the scales. Therefore, a monthly weigh-in should avoid any fixation with taking weight or measurements too often.

I’ll admit that although this is quite a positive and proactive step, I am a little anxious about sharing the numbers with everyone. However, I keep reminding myself that sometimes it’s good to do what scares us and it’s only numbers!

Join me in my weight loss quest and let’s support each other on Facebook.

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The Ultimate Guide to Losing Weight

Until next time…

Geez Louise Much Love

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6 Comments

  • Emily

    When I fist started on my fitness and health journey I thought Paleo and Keto were the holy grail of weight loss. Now that I’ve have tried keto, I found I was unable to sustain it. I just love my carbs too much. Yes all the weight came back that I lost. I’ve had to shift my thinking that calorie deficits are the actual way to lose weight. Yes, people have success with keto because they are in caloric deficits, but I found I couldn’t do it and would end up binging on a whole loaf of bread.

    • Louise O'Boyle

      Oh girl you are speaking the truth!!! I was fine for the first month of the SSS plan until I had a bagel in cycle two. I didn’t even realise that I missed bread! How bizarre is that?! I tasted it and couldn’t get enough. Nowadays I don’t get too hung up on whether or not I’m eating carbs. I just focus on trying to control the portions and like you say, sticking to a caloric deficit.

  • Marco B @ Bottom Line Cents

    This is a great post. There is so much fad diets out there but it boils down to simple macronutrient calorie counting coupled with exercise and time and you will definitely loose weight. The problem I see a lot of people do when they start dieting and exercising is giving up after a week or so, weight loss doesn’t happen overnight which I feel a lot of people want to happen. What are your thoughts about this?

    • Louise O'Boyle

      I really couldn’t agree more. I am guilty of trying the fad diets in the past. I kept one of them up for over a year but then got bored of not having much variety. I would rather have slow sustainable weight loss and better fitness than have immediate results that don’t last.

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