A few weeks ago, I wrote a series of articles about calorie trackers, fitness trackers, and the daily calorie deficit. All three things are great tools to help you lose weight and stay in shape.
After testing over 10 calorie trackers, the easiest to use was a free app called MyFitnessPal. This app makes it easy to log your calories. It has a good database, which makes entering foods easy, and the learning curve is easy too.
The second fitness tool was fitness trackers, like FitBit and Vivofit. These help you more accurately track your activity. This is important, because it takes a lot more exercise than you think, to lose weight.
Perhaps the best function of the trackers is counting your steps. It takes at least 10,000 steps a day to lose weight. The trackers count ’em all and give you good feedback, too. If you can get to 20,000 steps a day, you’ll lose the weight much faster.
The last thing was a concept called the daily calorie deficit. This is the single most important thing you have to accomplish when you’re trying to lose weight. Have a deficit and you’ll lose weight. No deficit, and you won’t.
MyFitnessPal gives you the running total so you know where you are each day. The key is burning a few more calories than you take in, and doing it every day. Do it enough days and you’ll lose weight.
So now it’s time to put it all together as we get ready to launch our community wide Biggest Loser “25.” After a little break following the last four in a row, I’m excited to finally get another group started. It’s simply awesome seeing people change their lives.
The first day will be Monday, June 1st. We’ll start with a workout at 5:30 pm, and do the orientation and initial weigh-in afterward. That’s where we’ll cover topics like eating the right amount of food, things to eat, things to avoid, etc.
Everyone will use MyFitnessPal to track their calories. If they don’t have a fitness tracker, that’s ok. MyFitnessPal also has plenty of activities to use as an estimate when recording your workouts.
They’ll have the chance to do Boot Camps on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and then Cardio workouts on the other days. Each workout will be about 45 minutes, although some challenges may take them longer.
For extra credit, they’re going to try and get in a second workout like a morning or evening walk. The trick here is to put it at the other end of the day. So if they do their main workout at 5:30 pm, their goal would be to get up early and go for a 20-30 minute walk.
So the workouts won’t take all that much time. You can get a lot done in an hour. But for real results, you’ll have to give yourself that hour each and every day, without fail.
The weekly weigh-in’s will make you accountable. The regular workouts will add support. The power in both just can’t be overstated.
I’ve seen dozens of people do well because they were highly dedicated. They were committed to the idea. That’s what it takes. But it also helps if they do it together.
I hope you’ll join us in Biggest Loser “25.” The $100 cost includes the 7 weeks of Boot Camp classes, the weekly weigh-ins, and all the help I can give you. Let me know if it’s for you.
You don’t have to be a member either. We’ve had lots of people participate with us, while working out at a different gym, like the Rec, or at home. That’s ok. The main thing is that you’re doing it somewhere!
Sometimes, people just can’t make it work in their schedule either, but want to do it. That’s ok too. You can do it on your own, or even with your own little group, at your own time. I post all the workouts on Facebook, so you can follow along.
Too many people know they need to lose weight but aren’t doing anything about it. Sometimes they don’t know what to do. Or they’ve tried and failed, so they’re afraid to try again.
The weight won’t come off by itself. You have to start eating right and exercising smart. These tools can make the difference for you, if you’re ready to get started. Take a chance. Change your life. Let’s do this!