With the increasingly hectic nature of modern-day life, millennials sure don’t have it easy. From building a successful career to maintaining a social life and spending time with loved ones, a millennial’s day can be all planned out days in advance, leaving little room for healthy activities.
But it doesn’t have to be so complicated, or difficult. If you are a busy millennial looking to lose some extra weight and sculpt a strong and desirable physique, you only need to follow the steps below. Let’s dive in.
Find motivation and tidy up your schedule
Before we move onto the gritty details of how your transformation journey should look like, we first need to address the problems of your motivation and schedule. Do you feel inspired enough in your mind and soul to pursue the notion of a better You? Are you willing to do what it takes to become healthier and happier?
If you’re new to the whole health and fitness game, you have to find the motivation you need to push yourself once the going gets tough. And it will.
Secondly, can your current schedule accommodate multiple training sessions per week, plus a new diet plan? If your answer is no, then you need to change it. Don’t dwell on it, you are on the right track, you’ll just need to sacrifice a beer or two with your friends for an hour at the gym.
And the rewards are well worth the sacrifice.
Focus on cardio training
When targeting fat loss as your primary goal, you want to focus on cardio-based training multiple times a week in order to facilitate energy expenditure. However, not all cardio regimes were created equal, and instead of wasting your time doing traditional steady-state cardio, you want to focus on HIIT and other forms of explosive exercise.
Another crucial piece to the weight loss puzzle is the frequency of training. As far as cardio goes, you want to exercise a bit every single day, so it’s a good idea to invest in some gym equipment such as a treadmill or a stationary bike in order to get your daily sweat on. Don’t let you packed schedule keep you from squeezing in a workout in the morning.
Restrict your calorie intake
The second step is to work a well-structured diet plan into your daily routine and make it an inextricable part of your lifestyle. Proper nutrition will be key in helping you shed unwanted fat and bring the number on the scale down significantly without sacrificing lean muscle mass.
While losing weight through calorie restriction is fairly simple, you can easily overdo it and end up overreaching your goal, which is again, a problem. That’s why you need to calculate your daily caloric requirements in order to stay on track on a daily and weekly basis.
Optimize your macronutrient intake
Finally, you’ll need to divide your calories into macronutrients, or proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. You can easily assess you macronutrient intake and pick healthy food sources that will serve as your primary macronutrient sources as well.
As a general rule of thumb, you can start by eating 40% proteins, 40% carbs, and 20% fats on a daily basis, and adjust the variables according to your progress. Remember that different people respond to different macronutrients, so if 40% carbs is too much for you, you can dial it down to 20% and up your fats to 40% instead. Be sure to experiment and listen to your body.
Living a healthy, lean lifestyle in the modern world shouldn’t be an arduous chore, but rather it should become an essential part of your very being. Be sure to follow this simple guide and you will easily sculpt the body of your dreams, and fall in love with a healthier you.
The guest blog is by Peter Minkoff
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