*Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer nor am I suggesting I am in any way. These suggestions are based on my own personal fitness journey.
Alright you guys, so I got an e-mail this week from a reader asking what she should be doing to lose weight. As flattered as I am that she took the time to e-mail me, I’m definitely not a personal trainer and can’t give her any concrete advice as to what she should or shouldn’t be doing; however, I can tell you what I’ve come to learn in my own journey as well as seeing other people’s’ journeys.
In this e-mail, my reader asked if working out was actually necessary to lose weight. The simple answer that I have to that question is no. You don’t technically need the gym to lose weight specifically. That’s technically what I should be saying. I can’t condone that response though, you guys! Are you kidding me? How long have you been reading this blog?
Go to the gym. Plain and simple.
Yes, yes, yes. You can lose weight without the gym. No, no, no, it’s probably not what you’re thinking you want in the long run. I know from personal experience the side-effects of losing weight. I’ve lost thirty pounds. The thing about losing weight is that you need to tighten your body as it happens. You definitely can lose weight by changing your eating habits, but in order to have a fit body, you need to work for it.
When I was starting this journey I was 198lbs and very much in need of a lifestyle change. I drastically changed my eating habits as well as drastically changing my workouts.
Think about it this way: you can lose 10lbs in two months by eating healthy or you can lose 10lbs in one month by eating healthy and working out to keep your body toned. Working out increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster and that can really make all the difference in reaching your goals.
It’s all about what you want to achieve and how soon you want to achieve it. I promise you, there will never be a time when you go to the gym and regret it, so my advice to you is to workout as well as eat healthy. It’s a tried-and-true solution to all your fitness problems. I’m not saying you have to be at the gym for two hours a day, but an hour at the gym even every other day will help aid your weight-loss and keep your metabolism pumping.
Just trust me, it’s worth it.
Plus, and you will probably never hear me say this again so listen up . . . working out can actually be sort of fun sometimes. There’s honestly nothing like hitting a fitness goal. Try it and see for yourself.
Anyway, it’s 1:39 in the morning here so I should probably be getting some sleep, because (and repeat after me) sleep is important.
Tah tah for now,