Weight loss in itself is fairly simple - you can watch what you eat, perform exercise that you enjoy and stay fairly active. Most people can do this and see some short term results with regards to their bodyweight. After all, your body shape is a function of the environment that you subject it to.
The problem with weight loss is adhering to a program and seeing mid/long-term results. Inevitably, you will hit a brick wall (or a plateau) and you will have to adjust your approach in order to overcome this barrier. There are also many highly prevalent psychological barriers that prevent many people from losing weight - anything and everything including binging, falling out of a routine, low energy levels, mood, hormonal changes, discouragement, boredom etc.
Now toning is another step into weight loss. Toning is actually improving the definition of your body which is going to be the combination of both fat loss and also muscle gain. Here's where it gets tricky. Not only do you have to worry about the weight loss (that many people struggle with on their own) - you also have to develop a structured and effective regime that is conductive of a little bit of muscle gain.
By simply eating healthy foods, being active and performing exercises that you enjoy, there is no guarantee that you will obtain a toned body. Here are some questions to consider:
- Is the exercise regime conductive of both fat loss and muscle gain?
- Does my nutritional approach support fat loss and muscle gain?
- Am I able to maintain this routine in the long-term?
- Am I performing these exercises with correct execution for optimal results?
- Am I making the desired progress by assessing in an objective fashion?
Of course, there are many more considerations, but these are some primary questions to ask yourself.
There is a wealth of information available on this website that deal with all of these issues along with much of the science behind muscle gain and fat loss. I would highly recommend that you read through the thousands of pages available to broaden your knowledge on the subject.
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