People work out to be healthier and happier with the body they see in the mirror. Sometimes people push themselves harder because they don't see any results. Workout progress is made slowly. You're not going to wake up one day and suddenly be the fit person you dream to be. Seeing workout progress depends on the amount of weight you lose per week, how you eat and your exercise routine.
To see workout progress, you should be burning more calories than you consume. A healthy amount of weight to lose per week is 1 to 2 pounds. It might not seem like a lot of weight, but it will add up. At this rate, you may see results within three to six weeks of starting your routine. Weight loss won't be as apparent to you if you visit the mirror once an hour. If you get discouraged, weigh yourself week to week or measure your waist to ensure you're losing weight.
Eating healthy is a major part of losing weight. Each of your main meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- has a variety of options that you can choose from. Breakfast options include fruit, whole-grain cereals, oatmeal, yogurt and eggs. Don't skip breakfast because this meal gives you energy for the day and boosts your metabolism. Some healthy lunch options include whole-grain sandwiches with turkey or chicken, salad with limited dressing and more fruit. Dinner should mainly contain protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. Protein can be found in fish or chicken and carbohydrates can be found in bread or whole-wheat pasta.
Workouts come in two forms: cardio or toning. To burn fat and see results, focus on cardio. Intense ab workouts and lifting weights can make you sweat but not as much. Cardio gets your heart pumping and really gets you drenched, which will burn those calories. Many cardio workouts exist, including running, bicycling, swimming, elliptical and stair climbing. During your workout, never stay at one speed. Alternating slow and fast intervals allows you to build endurance and burn more calories.
If the number on the scale isn't going down, you're either not working out as often as you should or you are not maintaining a healthy diet. Dieting and exercise go hand in hand. In between meals, eat healthy snacks to avoid eating too much during your main meal. Healthy snacks consist of fruit, vegetables and yogurt. The point of snacks is not to fill you up but to hold you over until your next main meal. If you are still not seeing results, intensify your workout by adding more time or days to your routine and by doing intervals.
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