If you have read my last two entries you are probably thinking, “Thanks for telling me I need to exercise more and where to do it but how exactly do I make it happen”? At Movestrong™, individuals in our Complete Wellness program experience the most weight loss. On average, individuals lose about 15 to 30 pounds in 3 to 4 months. Some of you are reading this and thinking “That is all”? However, 15 to 30 pounds is considered sucessful weight loss within this time frame. You should aim for 1 to 2 pounds per week as a healthy guideline for weight loss that you can maintain. A slow weight loss will allow you to maintain your loss over a long period of time which will minimize weight fluctuation and decrease muscle loss. It is important to remember that the weight was not put on overnight so it is not going to come off overnight.
Individuals in Complete Wellness demonstrate the most weight loss and health benefits because individuals are not only coached on exercise but nutrition as well. Clients receive private nutritional consultations that teach individuals proper nutrition and what healthy eating really looks like. Individuals receive personalized exercise programs to keep them motivated and moving to the next level. This combination is key to weight loss success because we address how much energy you are expending but also how much energy you are consuming. You must look at the entire equation and not just a part of it. Exercise is only one part of weight loss and what you put into your body is the other important component.
Think about it this way, if you are like most people you are exercising for about 1 hour a day, maybe 2 hours, but you are eating anywhere from 6 to 8 hours a day. Based on these assumptions the energy or food you are putting into your body is going to have a greater impact on weight loss than the energy you are using while exercising. Now don’t take this the wrong way, exercise has plenty of other health benefits unrelated to weight loss. So please do not read this and say, “Adrienne said I don’t have to exercise anymore as long as what I eat is healthy”. I am not saying that at all. I am simply trying to say that in order to acheive optimal weight loss it is important to look at both your food and exercise habits.
So in the end exercise + healthy eating=weight loss. If you have struggled with this math in the past give us a try I know we can help you be successful!