There is a right balance between maintaining the ideal weight for your desired body and exercise to achieve it. You can go down to your target weight through dieting and even pills. There are tens of hundreds of different diet plans you can try. Among the more popular ones these days are the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting. To augment their efforts to get the body they want, some even use supplements such as breast enlargement pills.
For body shaping, you can try different workouts depending on your target areas. You can try a variety of options such as crossfit and yoga. This is to put some variety to your body shaping routines—something different from your typical gym routine on the exercise machines.
In order to lose weight, you need to watch your intake. But you also need nutrition from food and drinks to exercise effectively. You may also use supplements to accompany your diet.
Know Your Goal (Short-term and Long-term)
Before you start anything, find out what you want. What is your target weight? How much muscle mass and definition do you want? Is it ideal for your height and build? What is your current fitness level? Just how quickly do you want to achieve it? How much time can you dedicate to it? These are good questions to start with. But by no means should you limit yourself to them.
Once you have answers to these questions, it will be easier to balance weight loss and body shaping routines. You will be able to more easily choose what diet plan works best for you, what exercise regimen is most ideal for you.
If you’re still far from your target, then you surely need to adjust your timeline accordingly. Be realistic with your daily, weekly, and even yearly agenda. Consider also if you’re already doing some of the things you want in your current routine. Are you switching to a new diet entirely or is it something you previously started with?
To begin planning, follow these three simple steps:
- Identify your current daily routine. List down your existing diet, and include how many calories these add to your intake as well as their nutritional value.
Be conscious of what your body shaping regimen is now. How many hours in a week do you exercise now? And around how many calories do you burn? What kinds of exercise do you do? And what are the target areas you hit now?
- Identify your goals, specifically your target weight and muscle muscle mass. Have a range in mind for your ideal weight. Be mindful that muscle weighs more than fat, too. As you get leaner, and build more muscle, you might not lose as much weight as you’d expect.
Which parts of your body are you looking to sculpt? What are your problem areas when it comes to losing weight and toning?
- Set a reasonable timeline. Make sure it’s doable. Based on your schedule and how much you need to achieve, adjust accordingly. You shouldn’t rush yourself. Your body might get overwhelmed. And it might cause serious implications on your health.
This is related to the first step. Find out how much disposable time you have, and which of your current activities you can do away with.
Plan Your Day and Your Week
By now, you know how a day for you goes. It should be easier to think about how you will accomplish the goals you identified for yourself. Start with the short-term ways you can do this. Begin with planning what you will eat for the day. Plan each meal. Include any snack you might have.
Next, set time aside for your workout, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes if you’re busy. A quick search on the internet will show you sample high intensity workouts that are only 10 minutes long. These are not time consuming, but they still give you the results you want.
Then plan for the next day as well. Continue until you’ve fixed your schedule for the following week. Set targets for yourself. At the end of each day, check if you were able to meet these targets. If not, then be flexible with yourself. Try adjusting your plans for the next few days to catch up with what you missed.
Map Out Your Month, Year
Of course, have your long-term goals mapped out as well. This is the bigger picture. And this is just as important as the daily routine. This is when you’ll finally see the results of your efforts.
A month from today, a year from today, what should you have accomplished? By this time, you will have seen the changes in your body. Noticeable changes. Both externally and internally.
Maybe before all you could do were 50 reps of squats with each session. But after a month of sticking to your work out plan, you can now do as much as 100. Or when before a 5-mile jog took you an hour, it now only takes you 30 minutes. Or maybe thanks to those daily squats have given you a tighter derriere.
Have the end goal in sight. And once you’ve achieved your desired results, know how you plan on maintaining it. Go back to goal-setting and adjust it to just keeping you at the level of fitness and weight you’ve attained.
Follow Through with Your Schedule
Do not stop with just thinking about what you will do. You will need to actually push through. Do it. And commit to it.
This might sound cliché. But really, the key is just moderation. Don’t push yourself beyond what you know you can do. Do not starve yourself for the sake of losing weight. And remember to rest. Balancing both weight loss and body shaping is difficult. But if you follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to being successful at it.
As a bonus, you won’t just look great, you will feel great too. You will find yourself with more energy and endurance to do the things you want, as well as the willpower to continue with your diet and exercise.
Melissa is a young and energetic writer, a mom to a sweet little boy, and a fur-mom to two perfect pooches. Before becoming the Associate Content Director for Project Female, she was a journalist specializing in topics related to women in politics and policy affecting women.