Many women who want to shed a few unwanted pounds do not know where to start. They try all the different fad diets and nothing seems to work for them. They exercise everyday and still there are no changes. It is especially frustrating when you are working out with a boyfriend or husband who is putting in the same effort as you at the gym; however, pounds seem to be flying off their body while you are unable to drop a pound. Here are a few women’s weight loss tips that will help you drop some weight.
Exercise– In order for exercise to pay off, women need to exercise three to four times a week. However, women should not over-do it. By going to the gym three to four times a week you are able to lose weight and stay in shape after you have reached your weight loss goal. Make sure while at the gym, you do a combination of cardio exercises and weight training. Women need not be afraid of lifting weights. In order to not get bulky, women will want to build lean muscle by lifting light amount of weight for more sets. Another help to building lean muscle is to take a whey protein supplement. Whey protein helps to build the long, lean muscles we all want. It will build the muscle that will help you burn more calories and lose weight. Whey protein also has other benefits; it can help your immune system and reduces hunger. It is also a dairy based protein which is easy for the body to digest.
Limit Your Salt – The average consumption of salt a day is 2300 milligrams. The FDA has recommended we consume 1500 milligrams of salt per day. The more salt a person eats, the more fluids they retain. There are also other health benefits to eating less salt. Most foods today have high amounts of sodium in them. Most of these foods are processed. Even though salt has its health benefits, our bodies need sodium to survive. But eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure. Studies have shown we eat about 75% of our sodium from hot dogs, canned soups, pizza, cheeseburgers, and different junk foods. One way to lower your sodium intake is to eat low-fat dairy products, eat less fast food, and cook whole and fresh foods. There are natural substitutes for salt. You can use lemon juice, pepper, and other spices on you food so it is no bland.
Water – Women should drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water flushes out the by-products of fat breakdown. If women want to lose weight, they must drink at least a gallon or more of water a day. Studies show that by drinking water, you retain less water and lose the water weight. All chemical reactions in the body depend on water. If you don’t have enough water in your body, these chemical reactions will not take place and burning fat will have to wait. Drinking water can also reduce hunger. The more water you drink the less you eat. Experts say that people often mistake thirst for hunger pains. Drinking water before you eat meals will also cut down on the amount of food you eat, thus eating smaller portions and fewer calories. Water also hydrates the skin and muscles. But make sure you do not substitute diet sodas for your daily water amount, as the carbonation and high sodium will counteract the benefits of the liquid.
Be diligent in your weight loss goals, and you will reach your idle weight. Remember to exercise, eat right, and avoid excess sodium in your diet.