If my dog can lose 15 pounds so can you.
Yes, I am THAT person who takes professional photos of their dog. There's no question about it, I love her. How much do you care about your pets well-being? They say your pets health mimics your own. If your dog doesn't exercise chances are you don't either. If you do and never take your pet for a walk, running, or hiking then shame on you! You might want to reconsider owning a pet.
Molli is almost 7, about a year and a half ago she was 15 pounds heavier. Why? I didn't know the first thing about how much to feed her, what not to feed her, and how often she needed to be exercised. I quit feeding her table scraps, increased her exercise, and controlled her portions. The result? A healthier, happier, and fit 7 year old lab who can outrun me.
The same can be applied to your lifestyle. If you are having trouble losing weight, have you taken a long (honest) look at what you're currently eating? Chances are you may think you're doing enough but you aren't.
Here are some tips to evaluate where there's room for improvement:
- Track everything, and I mean everything, you eat and drink for a week. It can be as simple as your morning coffee loaded with cream and sugar that's stopping you from losing.
- If you don't exercise...START! Enough said on this one.
- If you do exercise, kick it up a notch. Run a few extra miles a week. Do cardio 3x weekly instead of 2x. Try HIIT training, Pinterest has a variety of examples.
- Incorporate weight training.
- Don't starve yourself! Not eating enough calories can actually slow your metabolism down and your body will hold on to everything.
Try these tips and stay consistent - you will lose weight. Commit and give it at least a few months.
Lastly, if you need motivation and are a dog owner go outside, get some sunshine, put your favorite song on repeat, and run free. Your body and beloved pet will thank you.