You may (or may not) be curious as to why I don’t mention fitness as one of the major fat loss habits. I purposely did not address it as fitness is not critical to fat loss. Nutrition is. Fitness can certainly help things along (a lot), but that doesn’t necessarily mean taking up a running program or donning your spandex and hitting the gym. Fitness can be walking every day, taking a hike or doing yoga a couple of times a week, but overall, your movement is not nearly as critical to fat loss as your nutrition and sleep.
However, fitness is critical to long term health and building lean muscle mass, so I’m not poo-pooing it. I’m simply stressing the importance of looking at your diet before ever thinking about an exercise program. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth saying again – you can’t exercise your way out of an unhealthy diet.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Weight Loss. If you missed any of them, I’ll post a wrap of all 7 links so you can do a quick reference. Good luck and have FUN with this. Don’t try to take on all the habits at once, but try to master one at a time. I recommend starting with sleep 🙂
To your health,
Caren Magill, CPT