Wanna lose weight?

Wanting to lose weight is a far cry from losing weight. 

It’s easy to blame the usual list of reasons for skipping your exercise, but it can and should be a regular part of your life. 

It’s easy to keep eating the way you always have, but simple, whole foods will combine with exercise to get you where you want to be––leaner, stronger, healthier, and happier.

You have control over most aspects of your health. The power of good nutrition and consistent exercise is almost like magic, and here are the secrets.

The best exercise

One form of exercise produces the biggest positive change to your body, and it’s resistance. Resistance training (‘lifting weights’) builds muscle, strengthens bones, ligaments, connective tissues, and burns fat like a blast furnace. It speeds up your metabolism, because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn (throughout the day; not just during a workout).

The best food

Eating healthy helps you lose weight, which is important for a number of reasons.

Example: if your BMI is above 25 (Google it), losing weight lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and even depression. A healthy BMI for men and women is 19 to 25.

Eat 4 to 6 cups of vegetables every day, drink 80 to 100 ounces of water, and focus on eating whole foods (not manmade). Have fun learning what foods make your body purr!

Prep meals ahead of time. Don’t make it complicated, but plan out your days. Stick with the basics: lean protein, veggies, fruit, good fats, and limited refined carbohydrates.

There it is. The secret, the magic. Simple, but you have to make it happen. Remember this definition of insanity: doing what you’ve always done, even though it prevents you from getting healthier.

Jill Strand 

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