Losing weight in college is a challenge for many, with long lectures and daunting exams to sit we are pressed for time, we are left wondering how on earth we can lose weight without resorting to supplements, ab contraptions and bogus weight loss products. Well relax now as I’ll reveal to you simple tips to lose weight in college.
Create A Weight Loss Plan
The first step to your goal of losing weight is to create a weight loss plan. A weight loss plan is vital to your weight loss since it acts as a guide for your weight loss journey. Without a plan you’ll have a much lower success rate. As the saying goes “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and this is most evident in weight loss. Some of the things to put into your weight loss plan include a goal of how much weight you would want to lose, a deadline of when to achieve that goal, what exercises to use, which days you’ll exercise and what foods you’ll consume. You’ll be one step ahead of the rest who don’t even have a weight loss plan.
Choose HIIT Cardio Over Regular Cardio
When it comes to losing weight the quicker you reach your weight loss goal the more effective the workouts become. This is where you have to make the decision to choose a more efficient and superior exercise called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) over regular cardio.
I highly recommend HIIT over regular cardio as it hosts a whole range of benefits including a much faster workout (under half the time of regular cardio), prevention of catabolism (muscle break down which is more evident in regular cardio), greater variation of exercises used, more calories burned overall and a more interesting and enjoyable workout that results to a greater success rate. With all these benefits attributed to HIIT cardio you can now see which is more beneficial for your weight loss. For those who are interested to see how an HIIT cardio routine looks like, here’s one below:
* 1st set – 60 second walk, 30 second sprint
* 2nd set – 60 second walk, 30 second sprint
* 3rd set – 60 second walk, 30 second sprint
* 4th set – 2 minute walk, 30 second sprint
* 5th set – 2 minute walk, 60 second sprint
Incorporate Resistance Training Into Your Workout
As part of a balanced approach to exercise one should incorporate resistance training into their workouts. The reason behind this is that resistance exercises build muscle thereby elevating your metabolism resulting in more calories burned throughout the day just by doing nothing. Muscle is an expensive tissue since it requires many calories to function hence the importance of building muscle.
If you want to know which exercises are best for building muscle here is a list of them: barbell squats, bench press, deadlifts, pull ups, chin ups, push ups, dips and pistol squats. These exercises are known as compound exercises and release a greater amount of muscle building hormones such as IGF-1 (Insulin like Growth Factor-1), HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and Testosterone.
Eat Frequently Throughout The Day
Losing weight does not have to involve starving yourself, on the contrary consuming smaller meals throughout the day will accelerate your weight loss and as an added bonus you’ll feel fuller for longer. The reason behind this is that eating frequently throughout the day elevates your metabolism thereby allowing you to burn more fat throughout the day.
Foods you should consume include brown rice, wholegrain bread, rolled oats, wholegrain pasta, milk, cheese, eggs, chicken, beef as well as fruits and vegetables. With respect to how many meals one should consume around 4 to 6 smaller meals per day is sufficient. If that is considered too much to prepare consider having 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks in between meals. By following this eating guideline you’ll be well on your way to losing fat and achieving the body of your dreams.