Weight Loss and Fitness Challenges seem to be everywhere these days! Whether they be personal or group challenges, 1 week, 1 month or 16 weeks, a weight loss and fitness challenge can be a great way to stay on track and get motivated to reach your weight loss and fitness goals. But you need to be sure to find the right one for you in order to really achieve the lasting results you're after.
Here are 5 of the Most important:
1- Nutritional Support: When you are losing weight your body needs nutrition more than ever to support the body and keep you healthy and energized. Look for a complete superfood nutritional cleansing system to allow your body to rid itself of unwanted toxins and fat and absorb the right amount of nutrients. Rather than suggesting fanatical diet fads, look for healthy eating suggestions such as Clean Eating, nutritional cleansing and intermittent fasting.
- Is Your Protein Shake Safe? What to look for in a healthy protein shake or supplement.
- Denatured vs UNdenatured Protein - What is the difference and why should it matter?
- Protein Grades - What Protein Grade do you need for best results?
3- Technology/Apps! An important way to stay on track, motivated and reminded of your weight loss goals is by using a smart phone app such as the free IsaLife app. Using this app is a great way to keep track of what you eat throughout the day, stay accountable and record your workouts and calories burned. This is a huge added benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and eat right as one of the number one reasons for not reaching these goals is simply forgetting. Most people these days have their cell phones with them 95% of the day and admit that a fitness/nutrition app would be hugely beneficial in staying on track.
|I love using my ISALIFE app to keep track of my workouts and nutrition for the day!Seeing where I'm at for Macros is SO interesting!!|
4- Realistic Timelines: Speaking honestly, you probably didn't gain weight overnight...it takes time to go both directions, both up and down. Keep that in mind when you take a look at a Weight Loss challenge. Steer away from anything promising results in a super short time frame. Look for a challenge that requires a realistic commitment of at least 4-6 months or more. Be patient and allow your body time to create the kind of healthy lifestyle habits that will result in lasting results.
5- Real Facts about Work Out Advice: Another important thing to keep in mind when looking into a fitness and weight loss challenge is no outlandish claims, such as "Lose 50 lbs in 1 month without working out!" First of all sustained weight loss takes time and an all-over change in your lifestyle which includes both healthy, clean eating as well as a consistent workout program. It never makes any sense when people say: "I lost weight and never had to workout!" Working out is important for making your body strong, building lean muscle and keeping your metabolism firing all day. Don't shy away from it! Even a simple walking program can help get your body moving! :-)
*Next, take a closer look at my recommendation for my favorite 16 week weight loss and fitness challenge, the IsaBody Challenge. This is the best way I've seen to help people stay motivated, focused and on track to reach their goals. Everyone that completes the challenge earns $200 towards more superfood nutrition to support their weight loss efforts, a t-shirt and certificate and finalists and winners can earn a trip to Costa Rica and cash prizes of up to $25,000! Not a bad way to stay excited, huh! ;)
**And Go here to see more of my tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a stay at home mom of 3 kids: FIT Tips for Busy Moms-->