Today I have got three fantastic tips for weight loss which we use in our studio with clients every day. These tips have got the best results for the least effort for our guys, so we advise them to all our male clients. Have a quick read below and see what results you can get for yourself.
1. Limit processed carbohydrates – we have found that most just simply men don’t want to count calories or start weighing food. Therefore, simple steps are the way to go. One of the most effective weight loss methods to start with is reducing processed carbohydrate foods. These include bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits and the like. You don’t have to avoid them completely, but limit them to once or twice a week. I’ll not bore you with the scientific details, but these foods are one of the biggest causes of belly bulge around today.
2. Eat whole natural foods – whole natural foods include chicken, beef, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs and nuts. They should roughly look like their original state. For example – chicken fillets are great, chicken nuggets are not. Natural foods are full-to-brim with healthy nutritional ingredients.
To help you with your meals, a third of your plate should be filled with a healthy meat, and the rest should mostly be vegetables or fruit. This is a very simple tip, but very effective for weight loss.
3. Combine weight training and cardio – a combination of weight training and cardio is perfect for losing weight. The two forms of exercise have different effects on the body. When you use both together, you are in weight loss heaven. Cardio can be anything from running outside, to using a gym machine inside. For weight training, you don’t need to go overboard, a set of dumbbells will suffice if you cannot get to a gym. I have made a simple workout to get you started below.
Start with 10 minutes cardio (running, fast walk, treadmill, bike, cross trainer, doesn’t matter just get moving and get heart rate up).
Squat: four sets of 10-15 reps
Bench Press: four sets of right-10 reps
Bent-over row: four sets of 10-12 reps
Kettlebell swings: four sets of 15-20 reps
After the weights are done, finish with 10 minutes cardio. Make sure you push yourself hard for these last 10 minutes. This is where the fat burning magic happens. Go hard and get sweaty.
So there you have it, a simple program to get you started. This is what our team uses with clients every day and you can use it too to get great fat loss results. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity, we have found this is the best way for men to lose weight, without complicated gimmicks or programs.
Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and the owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.