Believe it or not, it’s easier to drop a dress size than it is to lose weight. You know how all of the fitness magazines always advise you to ignore the number on the scale an instead pay attention to how your clothes fit? That’s because weight truly is just a number. As you tone and build lean muscle, your clothes will begin to fit better whether or not you’re actually seeing the number on the scale drop. Ready for your pants to start fitting loosely again? Follow these tips to drop a dress size.
Strength Train With Weights at Least Two Times a Week
Strength training is essential to dropping a dress size. Building lean muscle all over your body will give you a slimmer physique. And while you shouldn’t concentrate on the number on the scale, building lean muscle will help rev up your metabolism and make your body more efficient at fat burning. When you have more muscle on your body than fat, your cardio exercises will be more efficient. Make sure you focus on all major muscle groups each week when you lift weights. You’ll lose inches–and weight–much faster when you do a combination of cardiovascular activity and strength training in your weekly workout regimen. You can’t do one without the other and expect to be in peak shape.
If you’ve never done Pilates before, it might be a good idea to take a class first to be certain you’re doing the movements correctly. From there, you can either continue taking classes or workout from home with a Pilates video. People have dropped dress sizes just from doing Pilates alone. It’s a fantastic way to create long and lean muscles. When done three or more times a week, you can expect to see a difference in the way your clothes fit in just as little as a month.
Eat More Fiber in Your Diet
Obviously your clothes are going to fit better if you’re mindful of what you eat. One of the easiest changes to make is to consume more fiber. Fiber fills you up and keeps you from snacking all day. Try to eat a fibrous lunch if you can. Chili with a half piece of pita bread makes for a tasty, healthy and filling lunch. If you’re on the go, Kashi frozen dinners tend to be high in fiber and make convenient lunches. If you eat a fibrous lunch, you’ll be held over until dinner. Avoiding that mid-afternoon candy bar is important in helping you drop that dress size.
Be Active Everyday
Make sure you’re doing some sort of cardiovascular activity everyday. It can be as simple as walking for 30 minutes or as intense as an hour long step aerobics class. You can’t not be active and expect to drop a dress size.
Be realistic in your expectations. If you follow these tips, give yourself six to eight weeks before you expect to drop a dress size.