Five ways to Accelerate your Weight Loss Journey Today!

 

Hi Fitness Warriors!

 

If you’re just getting started on your health and fitness journey, working out exactly what to do can be a daunting task. Therefore, below I have placed my top five tips that will kick-start and accelerate your weight loss journey. When reading this blog, it's important to take your time, write notes, read twice and most importantly - implement these tips into your current lifestyle starting today!

 

  1. FLUID INTAKE:

 

Amongst the hustle and bustle of life we forget the simple things. One crucial - yet usually forgotten item is water and your fluid intake.

Staying hydrated is important to ensure your body performs at it's full potential. This includes the improvement of your metabolism, your digestive system, your learning ability and even promoting awareness of your surroundings (such as your concetration and energy levels).

To place importance over the above factors, it's important to highlight your digestive system. Your digestive system is accountable for flushing out the negative components and toxins in your body and these are the same toxins which make your body feel heavy and retain weight (so if you're after weight loss - this is vital)! Therefore if you can keep hydrated, your body will be able to process toxins easier and quicker and therefore, ACCELERATE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!  

I would highly recommend consuming at least 2.5 - 3L of water each and every day. If you’re not a huge water drinker and this sounds too hard - have a look at your ‘food game’ goals (you can read more about this on our earlier blog) and start increasing your water intake by one glass a day, week or even fortnight!

There are also some great products available - including water bottles that benchmark your hourly intake to keep you accountable and products that calculate your body's recommended daily water intake. Click here to find out more!

 

  1. SLOW YOUR EATING:

 

We have all been guilty at times of scoffing down our dinner in a rush. Whether it's to consume your lunch before your next meeting or consuming your favourite meal so quickly just because it was too delicious not to - however, you probably didn’t realise that by not pacing yourself and eating too quickly - you are negatively impacting your weight loss potential! 

Eating slowly has many health benefits. Firstly, it helps your digestive system break-down food faster and secondly it allows your stomach to feel 'full' sooner (usually before you have even finished eating your meal) - this results in many people consuming less food as they are not as hungry.

Both of the above benefits result in you feeling less bloated after a meal and your digestive system accelerating yet again. Listed below are strategies to implement that will assist you to eat slower;

  • Pace yourself off the slowest eater in the room;
  • Eat at the table where you can focus on your meal (and the people around you) rather than in front of the TV - engaging in conversation helps to slow down the pace of a meal, so engage with those around you!; and
  • Drink water while you’re eating - it assists your digestion and is a good distraction between each bite!

Whatever works for you, take the time to enjoy each bite and stop powering through your meals!

 

  1. CAM'S CRAZY 8S WORKOUTS:

 

Cams Crazy 8’s workouts are specifically designed to optimise your results in a short amount of time. Throughout our workouts we have used specific training techniques such as blood shunting, HIIT and Tabata training in order for you to acheive maximum results, in a minimum amount of time!

Benefits of completing our workouts include:

  • Boosting your metabolic rate for hours after exercise;
  • Lowering blood sugar;
  • Lowering blood pressure;
  • FAT BURN;
  • Muscle toning; and
  • Improvement of your core strength as well as your power to weight ratio.

My clients have used these techniques for a number of years and our results show that the amount of calories burned in these 8-minute workouts can be more than those burned in a standard 30-minute session (if done correctly)! So as you can see - this is a great start when accelerating your weight loss!


 

  1. OPTIMISE YOUR MORNING WORKOUT:

 

Making sure you maximise every workout is essential and nutrition is a major part of this.

Whether you’re like me and enjoy training early in the morning, or you desire a night-time exercise routine - the below steps can be implemented to optimise your weight loss throughout any training session;

  • When we sleep, our body's naturally fasts and therefore doesn't have a sufficient amount of carbohydrates to produce energy. When this happens, your body will then turn to your excess fat storage as its the next best source of energy to burn throughout a workout - use this strategy by completing a workout within 12-14 hours of the previous nights meal. 
  • When using the above strategy, you may need something to 'get you out of bed' and as we all know coffee is an incredible tool for this - however consuming coffee can also be strategically used to optimise fat loss throughout your morning workout. When consuming coffee (preferably black coffee) before exercise, our fat cells in the body will be more stimulated (instead of glycogen). This will therefore cause your metabolism to speed up as the day goes on - which therefore forces your body to burn more calories throughout (even hours after you workout). This works significantly more if there is no food / carbohydrates in the body when you exercise.

Furthermore, recovering after each workout;

  • Try to have a high protein and healthy fat dense meal between 1-2 hours after your session. This will help refuel the body and restore the muscles (head to our next blog for more examples)!
  • If you are completing a workout in the evening - try to have a coffee around 30-60 minutes before you’re due to start.  Also indulge in a nutritious meal between 1.5-2 hours before; and 1-2 hours after.

 

  1. PORTION SIZES AND BODY TYPES:

 

Meal portioning is a significant weakness for newcomers to the health and fitness world. Common habits can include eating large meals frequently, eating large meals to catch up for missed meals and even not supplying your body with sufficient nutrients and vitamins by eating to less in each meal. 

If any of this sounds like you - head over to our next blog as we tell you specifically how much food you need to consume each day!

 

Conclusion:

 

Altogether, these five simple strategies will go such a long way into shaping your health and fitness (and keep you accountable along the way). Make sure you don't just read these strategies - take notes and be sure to implement all five into your everyday life if you are serious about accelerating your weight loss!

Just remember: Stay strong against food temptation, stay motivated to continue your routine and stay connected to your future self! Keep checking back into the CC8s forums, blogs and workouts to stay up to date on all things fitness. Our community at CC8s is here to support you and your goals to ensure you stay on track to become the healthiest version of yourself!

 

I’ll see you in your next workout!