If you’re counting down to a warm-weather vacation or wedding or just want to look your best all year round| now’s the time to get the weight-loss formula right. We spoke to Tracey Mallett| founder of The Booty Barre| for her simple tips on losing weight and feeling your best the smart way. Read on for her advice.
- Make it a mix: Once and for all| don’t avoid those weights if you want to lose weight. “The best way for people to want to lose weight is a combination of cardio and strength training activity to increase muscle mass|” advises Tracey. Gaining muscle will help shrink your body even faster as you increase your metabolism. You don’t even have to lift weights ¡ª these 25 body-weight exercises will sculpt muscles fast.Start slow| but be consistent: When you’re not used to a workout routine| you could be setting yourself up for burnout if you take on too much too soon. “What happens with people is that when they want to lose weight| they go| go| go| and then they overburn| and then they give up|” Tracey explains. She recommends new exercisers start by sticking to a schedule of three to five times a week. “The more consistent you are| the more calories you’re burning|” she says.Clean up your diet: Exercise is important| but Tracey says it’s the smaller part of the weight-loss formula: “80 percent of what goes into the body is what you look like| and then 20 percent is exercise.” However| “even though exercise seems like a small percentage| it’s really not| because you don’t want to be skinny and fat; you want to have muscle mass| so it’s important you do both.” Stick to whole foods like vegetables| fruits| healthy fats| and lean protein| Tracey recommends| making sure you watch out for starchy carbs| added sugars| and too-big portions.Don’t go too fast: You shouldn’t be losing any more than one to two pounds a week| Tracey says| so make sure you’re eating enough to fuel your new workout routine. “The max is two pounds a week| and really| that’s a lot|” Tracey warns.
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