Well, it’s Groundhog Day, and I’m always reminded of Bill Murray waking up to Sonny and Cher over and over again in the opening scene(s) of that classic movie. He’s over it – repeating the same day over and over, and never having really changed the outcome of his life. He was caught in a rut – a great illustration of what many of us go through each January after we set resolutions. Each year, we commit to eating healthier, working out more, hitting the gym, and for over 50% of Americans, this commitment is long gone by Valentine’s Day. Crazy, right?
Well, this year, let’s break the cycle! Let’s break the rut! Take that, Groundhog Day! Look if you want to lose weight, here’s the basic formula (yes, there’s a simple formula to lose weight and it is attainable):
Calories expended MUST BE GREATER THAN calories consumed*.
*Calories expended = calories burned during exercise + calories burned just being alive
So however you get there – burning more calories or eating less – you must strive for this goal everyday. Focused on Fit can help you achieve this goal. If you are using our site, and you set up your profile, you were asked for your baseline weight, height and gender, along with your weight goal (either gain/loss). The site will estimate a recommended daily calorie total for your consumption.
How do I know how many calories are going in and out?
Now, you are ready to start. Start by tracking everything you eat, and watch what happens. Track everything you eat for a week, and look for patterns. You will learn a lot. Are you snacking too much? Are you drinking your calories? Focused on Fit offers nutritional information for a lot of national restaurant chains, which will make achieving your goals even easier. Once you see the patterns and your choices, it will be much easier to begin to make changes.
Next, track your workouts! So you need to log your workouts. Cardio burns a lot of calories, but it is essential to weight train or cross train as well to increase your metabolism; that’s what will really get you to shed the weight.
Look, getting fit isn’t easy. It’s a conscious choice everyday – it requires commitment and discipline. With a little help from our site, we hope to get you out of the rut and achieving your fitness goals!
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