When it comes to fitness and weight loss, how do you know what tips and tricks are myths and what actually works?
YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery is busting weight loss myths.
Atterbery said to remember that not every journey is going to look the same.
“Everybody’s wellness journey is going to be a little bit different. What works for one person may not work for the next and vice versa.”
When beginning your wellness journey Atterebery said you should start with movement.
“You want to move more, be more active. It doesn’t always have to be just gruling exercise. It maybe one or two walks around the neighborhood per week, maybe a few more fruits of vegetables per week. Starts simple and then build from there.”
If you started your journey at the start of the new year and you are not seeing the results on the scale, Atterbery said don’t give up.
“The scale is one really good measure of weight loss, but there are so many more to keep your eye on. I like to encourage people to have that pair of blue jeans that don’t quite fit and use it as a gage as their fat goes down. You’re muscle mass may be going up a bit but as we all know one pound of fat takes up a lot more more than one pound of muscle. As you get more lean those pants will slide on more easily.”
If you feel yourself getting discouraged or down, Atterbery said to keep going.
“Ask for help. Keep an eye on social media. There is a ton of motivation out there. Come to the YMCA there is plenty of staff to help you on your journey.”
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