Article by Juan Manuel Salazar
Knowing exactly what to look for when searching for weight loss exercise programs will help enable you to make a decision that will get you the results you’re looking for.
First, if you’re like many people, you probably want a free weight loss program. The thing to keep in mind though is that these are free for a reason.
They are targeted towards the general public and as such, give such broad suggestions that while it may work for one person, it will not work for you.
For example, if you are a 200 pound man and the free weight loss programs you are finding are more geared towards a 140 pound woman; you can see why this would obviously be problematic.
The first thing to ask yourself when you see a weight loss diet program is how personalized is it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “General programs produce general results,” which is very true.
The more personalized and targeted the solution is to your individual situation, the higher your chance of consistent weight loss.
Next, ask whether it allows for enough calories to keep you from completely starving.
While it may be tempting to try a very low calorie approach to get the weight loss process over and done with, usually these end up backfiring on you, leaving you gaining more weight back after you go off them than you had when you first started.
Your goal is to burn the fat, not starve the fat and the majority of weight loss programs force your metabolism to shut down which leads to muscle loss – a doubled edged sword contributing to greater fat storage on your body.
A good weight loss exercise program will combine both cardiovascular training along with weight training.
Those weight loss exercise programs that have you doing hours of cardio on end are not going to be all that beneficial at retaining your lean muscle tissue mass, nor time efficiency.
Since, your lean muscle tissue is what keeps your metabolism the highest; it’s what you really want to focus on the most.
Finally, keep in mind that any weight loss program you go on you should be maintainable in the long run.
A program that you’re only able to maintain in the very short term is likely to not be overly beneficial as if lifestyle changes are not made with regards to how you’re eating; chances are that the weight will be back at some point in the near future.
Your ultimate goal is a lifestyle change, not a temporary change.
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