Are you stuck on where to go next? Are you wondering what it is exactly that will guide you on your journey to successful weight-loss? Don’t panic! I am here to help you. Having the right weight-loss tools will hold you accountable, get you motivated and save you time. Below I have compiled a list of weight-loss tools to help you stay on track!
If you have an Android phone, iPhone or iPad, the MyFitnessPal app is a great way to keep track of your exercise and calorie intake while on the go. You can also track your weigh-ins, post updates and check your progress. It is one of the best calorie-counting apps out there.
Online communities are an excellent way to find people that have the same goals and interests as you and can motivate you along the way. Connecting with other people around the world that are on the same journey you are on can be a godsend, especially if you are someone that doesn’t have that extra support from friends and family. Some great online communities that I recommend are Sparkpeople, MyFitnessPal, Beachbody, Bodybuilding.com, 3FatChicks and WeightLoss.com.au. They have a lot of helpful information and stories from other people that may just help and/or give you the inspiration that you need.
Portable containers are crucial for those of you that travel or take your meals with you to work or have pre-made meals. You can buy regular glass or plastic containers or more detailed ones like Stay Fit (if you live in Australia, these are sold at Woolworths). For those of you who pre-make every meal and want to take it with you along with your supplements, water bottle, protein shakes and silverware, then SixPackBags may be a better option for you.
If you are wanting to increase your metabolism, burn more calories at rest and change the shape of your body then weight training is a must. I recommend at least a pair of 8-12lb (4-6kg) dumbbells to get you started. If you want to extend your weights collection then you can pick up a barbell set with weight plates, SelectTechs, or even second hand at home gym equipment (if you are wanting to save money).
Exercise DVD’s are a great idea for people that want to get in shape in the comfort of their own home. I started out with exercise DVDs at home (Turbo Jam in 2008) and still to this day workout to a workout DVD at least 4 times per week (Turbo Fire). If exerise DVD’s are something that interests you, check out Collage Video or Beachbody.
Measuring cups, spoons and scales
You probably already have these sitting in your drawers at home, but if you don’t I highly recommend you invest in some! Measuring and weighing your foods will prevent you from falling victim to ‘portion distortion’. Measure your food for 1 month and you will soon be a pro at knowing your portions – this will also come in extremely handy when visiting restaurants!
Bodybuilding Exercise Guide
Do you want to know how to perform a certain exercise but aren’t sure how? Check out Bodybuilding.com’s Exercise Guide for video and picture demonstrations on how to perform a specific strength training exercise.
Heart rate monitor
A heart rate monitor isn’t a must for weight-loss, but it is certainly extremely helpful if you are wanting to know how many calories you are burning through exercise. Depending on the make and model it can track walking/running distance, intensity, heart rate and much more. I wear mine almost every day when I exercise and it has been money well spent! They range from about $80 upwards depending on the make and model. If you are trying to decide on a brand to choose, I highly recommend Polar; and Garmin also makes great watches. Shop around and find one that suits you and your fitness goals. My tip? Check out ebay if you are wanting to get one cheaper!
Are you wanting to know exactly how many calories you burn in a 24 hour period? Do you want to know how active you are during the day, how well you sleep at night, how many steps you take each day and the distance you have walked? If so, then I highly recommend getting a Fitbit or BodyMediaFit (if you can afford it!). They are a great investment, especially if your weight-loss has stalled and you want to keep track of your calorie intake. I suspected I was under eating as I was so active during the day, and it turns out I was under eating by around 300-500 calories per day, hence why my results had slowed. If you have the money there to spend or you need an idea for a weight-loss reward, then I definitely recommend one of these!
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