10 Tips on how to start a weight loss program for beginners

10 Tips on how to start a weight loss program for beginners
28 Sep

Find a fitness coach near you specializing in weight loss programs for beginners

The best decision you can make as a beginner to any type of exercise is to hire a good fitness coach (personal trainer) preferably near you who not only specializes in weight loss for beginners but can teach you step by step on how to train and understand your body. Also, someone who can motivate you and force you to show up for your training sessions on days you don’t feel like exercising, also monitor and track your progress. Working with a personal trainer as a beginner can be a good investment and experience in your exercise regime.

Check with your doctor for a medical check and exercise clearance

To protect yourself from injury or even death, it’s important that you are medically cleared by your personal physician before starting or engaging in any exercise program of any kind. Your personal physician is in the best position to determine if your plans are safe for you to start or not.

Work on your diet and lifestyle changes

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As a beginner to exercises and training, working on your diet and lifestyle changes can be
overwhelming and very hard to adapt, the worst decision you can make is drastic changes and then
failing to stick to them long term. Slowly work on your diet and have exercise and eating healthy a
lifestyle, look at everything long term, don’t be short-sighted. Squeeze in an exercise in your schedule,
making time for exercise can be a hustle, especially is our busy lifestyles.

Set short term and long term goals

When starting an exercise regime for a big goal like weight loss, set realistic short and long term goals.
Let’s say your goals are to shed off 10kgs in the next 10 to 12 weeks, also look at short term goals like your
fitness level improving, you becoming consistent and following the program. Things like diet
changes, at the same time keeping in mind the long term objective.

Take lots of water and not juicy or soda

When working on a weight loss program, incorporating resistance training and cardio in your regime can
work in your favour. This is a good combination as resistance training helps tone &shape your body,
while cardio helps with reducing body fat while improving your fitness level. Many studies have been
conducted on this combination and have been proven to work wonders when trying to lose weight and
tone at the same time.

Take lots of water and not juicy or soda

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I think many of us have heard how most of the body is made up for water, 60% of the body is water, the
body uses water in all its calls, organs and tissue to help regulate its temperature and other bodily
functions. The body loses water through breathing, sweating and even digestion, it’s important to
dehydrate and eating foods that contain water. It is recommended you drink at least 2 – 4 liters of
water a day, this also depends on the climate you live and how physically active you are.

Listen to your body and don’t overwork yourself

The worst thing people do when starting a weight loss program or any exercise regime is ignoring and
not listening to there body. Be sure you don’t overwork your self, start slowly then gradually as your
fitness level improves also change your training program. Rest and recovery is very much part of the
weight loss program, get enough sleep too.

Be ready to make mistakes

When you are new to exercise and fitness, it takes quite some time just to understand how your body
operates, also knowing what works for you and what’s not good for you. The best thing you can do is
prepare your mind for mistakes even failer. Learn to set realistic achievable goals to avoid
disappointment as time goes. Know that fitness is a long term thing not a quick fix. Many people make
these mistakes and end up quitting before even giving the weight loss program a chance to work, in
other works be patient and take it one day at a time.

Keep track of your progress and fitness level

When first starting a weight loss program or any exercise regime, it’s best to keep track of your progress
to have an idea of where you started and where you going. Be sure to check your starting weight and
body fat, also get your trainer to do measurements. At least every week check to see if you have any
progress, it gives you an idea of what works and what doesn’t for you, so you keep adjusting the training
program and diet.

Stay motivated and be ready to learn new things about your body

Staying motivated when on a weight loss program can be a challenge for most beginners, But keeping
your goal in mind Long and short term can very much help to keep you on track. Another thing that can
keep you motivated on days you don’t feel like exercising or when you feel like quitting is your personal
trainer, also regard yourself for any progress made. Also, be sure your friends and family know you are
on this journey to better yourself. Before and after pictures can also be a good way to stay motivated.