Want to Lose Weight? On a Budget? Let YouTube Help You!
Are you ready to lose some weight? Although some of us may set a weight loss goal for ourselves, there are still some things that are holding us back. One of the largest factors that are holding many people back at the moment is likely to be money. Yes, money is one of the reasons that many individuals do not want to dedicate themselves to certain goals they are trying to achieve, especially a weight loss goal of any kind.
Most people relate losing weight with gym membership, driving to a workout spot, purchasing pricy workout videos, and maybe even purchasing nicer workout clothes so you do not stick out like a sore thumb amongst the veterans. However, all of these things are not at all needed when it comes to losing weight. If you want to lose weight and need to keep a close eye on your budget in these tough economic times, I am here to tell you that you do not need to spend a single extra penny to do so. If you already have access to the internet in your home and you can visit good ‘ole YouTube, you have direct access to everything you need to start losing weight RIGHT NOW.
And for those of you who are a little more technically advanced. I have added QR codes to each of the videos I mention. These codes can be scanned with a QR Code reader on a mobile phone and you will be taken straight to the actual video right on your phone while reading this article. RedLaser is a good, FREE, QR Code Reader.
Set Your Goal and Get Motivated
First thing you need to do is actually set the goal for yourself while getting pumped up and motivated. We all know basically what needs to be done, but setting a specific goal and getting a little motivation makes all the difference. Start out your YouTube Weight Loss program by searching YouTube for “Zig Ziglar Setting Goals 1 of 3” (Important, first 1:31 seconds). Zig greatly explains a concept of weight loss while discussing the first step of goal setting in this dated video.
Nutrition (Eating and Cooking)
Eating right is one of the cornerstones of weight loss. However, you don’t have to drive yourself crazy over following a strict diet. All it take is to learn “How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits” which is what you should search for on YouTube. Click on the video by Howcast to learn what it takes and visit some of the others while there as well.
Next part of your nutrition is actually cooking. Most of your meals and snacks should be around 300 calories. Utilize YouTube to find videos by searching for “Low Calorie Recipe” and “300 Calorie Meals” to find a bunch of different videos. I’m not going to give you a certain one because everyone likes different types of foods. However, my advice is simply experiment. Just make sure that you keep the calories between 300-400 per meal and try to get in 5 meals per day.
Warming up and Stretching
It is highly recommended that before starting off any kind of exercise routine for the day that you begin with a light warm up followed by a stretch. This gets your muscles loose and warm for your exercise as well as promotes flexibility. Most importantly, stretching reduces the chance of injury.
You are going to want to start off by searching YouTube for “General Exercise Warm-Up” which will lead you to a simple 3 minute general warm-up. You may also browse around for other “Exercise Warm up routines” to get you started.
Once you are warm, continue your warm up by performing a “5-Minute Stretch Routine”. The video by DietHealth is a very good video to follow for your stretching.
All in all, your warm up and strateching shouldn’t take no more than 10 Minutes.
Home workouts do not have to involve anything but your body. So there is no excuse for why you cannot workout, lose weight, and reach your dream fitness goal.
There are many different exercise routines on YouTube that you can follow. I took the liberty of researching a few that I think are good enough for you to use which also does not involve extra equipments. If you do at least one of them 5-6 days per week, along with the proper nutrition, you will surely lose weight.
One of the most well known exercise videos on YouTube are the “8 Minute” exercises which is best known for “8 Minute Abs”. These 8 minute routines are great for beginners and will work all areas of your body if you utilize all of them. Follow one or create and entire routine for yourself that lasts 32 minutes by doing 8 Minute Legs, 8 Minute Arms, 8 Minute Buns, and finally 8 Minute Abs.
Another great little exercise is the “10 Minute Jump Start Cardio Workout” which is easy to follow. It is also followed by a much needed stretch routine. The same woman in the video also does a “10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout” that you may like as well.
For those of you who want or need a workout that is a little more strenuous, I have the answer for you as well. Search for “Home Cardio Workout – Better Than P90X” which will give you a workout called an M100, mean Must do 100 reps.
Also, make sure that you have water and a towel nearby while performing your workouts.
Cool Down Stretch
You should never just stop or go straight to sitting down after your workout. Your blood is pumping and your muscles are tight. You must slow your heart rate down and give your muscles a nice stretch. Stretching at this point is relaxing and promotes flexibility.
Most exercise videos from above have their own cool down built into them. However, if they do not, search YouTube for “Strive Cool Down” to get an example of an easy full body cooling and stretch routine. Another good full body stretch routine is “Full Body Stretches” by the user LanaTheTrainer.
Continuing is Key
It is very important that you continue this routine on a daily basis. Eating right should be done every day while working out should take place at least 3-5 times per week. You should also drink plenty of water throughout the day. Hydration with water helps in the weight loss process as well.
The goal is not to lose a bunch of weight over a short period of time. Being in shape and at a proper weight is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix or a temporary solution. If you decrease only 1 lb per week, you could potentially lose over 50 lbs in a year.
It is also recommended that you take the time to plan out your eating and exercise routine for a few days or even a full week in advance. Planning out what you are going to do will allow you to simply go straight into whatever it is you need to do with no thinking involved.
Losing weight is no longer an excuse when you have YouTube and this guide as a great and free resource at your fingertips.
Good luck and email me at Kelsi@MyWants.co (not .com) for any questions.