Cory attributes her slim-down diligence to using a fitlosophy fitbook journal. "Track what you eat, your exercise, goals, progress, struggles, motivation," she says, because it helped her efforts turn into habits. "Using a journal was really a key to my success." And science agrees: Keeping a food diary can actually double the amount of weight you lose, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
If anyone's proof that you don't have to go through weight loss alone, it's Brittany. Rather than play a guessing game, she used MyFitnessPal to track the protein and complex carbs that made up her new diet—a far cry from the "full-sized ham and cheese sub on white bread with extra mayo, soda, and a massive chocolate chip cookie" that she used to eat for lunch. Then she hired a personal trainer to teach her the ways of the gym. "I learned so much about my body," she says. "How to challenge it, get the most out of my time at the gym, and avoid injury." And her boyfriend got on board, too. "We transformed our dining room into a yoga space, exploring that form of exercise." Support system: Nailed it.
Maintain a consistent exercise program. Even though intense exercise is effective for weight loss, hard workouts put your body at a higher risk for injury and burnout. And you're not likely to burn enough calories for weight loss while you're recovering on the couch. Easy workouts are usually safer for your body and may allow you to be more consistent, week to week and month to month.
You’re more likely to eat more—and eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods—when you eat out than when you eat at home. Restaurants today serve such large portions that many have switched to larger plates and tables to accommodate them. You’ll gasp when you see just how bad the unhealthiest restaurant meals in America are. Don’t miss these 9 ways your kitchen setup can help you lose weight.
After joining Tone It Up, Sarah realized that all the cardio she was doing—specifically, a ton of running—wasn't helping her drop any pounds. So she looked to the weekly TIU workout schedule and "realized just how important both cardio and toning are," she says. That encouraged her to ditch the running sneakers and try out a slew of new-to-her workouts like yoga and barre—and she quickly found herself getting leaner and stronger. "Now I have a ritual where I go to a hot yoga class every Friday morning," she says. "It is the perfect way to stretch my sore muscles from a week of intense workouts, challenge my strength, and improve my flexibility."
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Lots of people have, for their entire lives, used food as a reward. To restrict their own reward, and then not be allowed to have their reward after they succeed is tough. It’s like going into an apathetic void of brain fog and sadness. And sure, you can rewire your habits over time and eventually your body will self-regulate so hunger won’t be an issue anymore, but it takes time. This period is a trial by fire where many people fail.