Rules for Long-Term Weight Loss Now That Thanksgiving Is Over

Dacy Knight

You've had your fill of Thanksgiving overindulgence and are ready to get back on track. When you're coming up with your plan for long-term weight loss, there is a lot of competing advice out there for how to do it. Some argue for high-intensity cardio paired with a low-carb diet while others push for low-intensity activity and cutting all fats. Luckily, there are a few simple rules for long-term weight loss, and Buro 24/7 just highlighted them all. As long as you keep these in mind throughout your journey, you'll be in better shape for achieving the goals you want.

Diet slowly. As appealing as the immediate results of extreme diets might sound, the strategy will only set you up for failure. If you want long-term results, you need to adjust your diet slowly. You should only aim to drop one to two pounds per week. Any more than this and you'll be messing up your metabolism and sacrificing your hard-earned muscle.

Find a balance. Low-carb and low-fat diets might yield quick results, but they'll end up making you miserable in the long run. Additionally, cutting out the "bad" foods you love is no way to live your life. Learn to find a healthy balance that combines nutritious foods with the occasional indulgence.

Choose cardio you enjoy. If you don't love what you're doing, you're not going to keep doing it. The most sustainable workout plan is one you don't have to force yourself to get out and do. Figure out what you love and commit to doing it two to three times a week. If you're the type who gets easily bored, switch up your routine with other activities that keep your body moving.

Monitor your progress and adjust accordingly. The worst thing you could do is blindly commit to a specific regimen and keep doing it without seeing results. Every body is different, so you have to try things out and adjust. Download an app like MyFitnessPal or go old school with a simple notebook where you keep track of what you eat and how you work out.

What's your plan for getting your body back on track now that Thanksgiving is over? Share your strategy with us in the comments, and shop workout gear for your next sweat sesh.

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