The Diet to Help With Healthy Weight Loss

Your Weight Loss Journey with Xercise4Less Gyms

Here at Xercise4Less Gyms, we value each and every single one of our members. We understand that everyone has different goals and wants to focus on different things but one of the main reasons that people come through our doors is to work on their weight loss journey and to transform their fitness.

Not only do we provide our members with a wide range of equipment and facilities including cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and cross trainers that will help you lose weight and burn calories, but we also support you with your diet and nutrition. Your diet will make a really big impact on your weight loss journey and help you drop your weight and body fat quicker once you combine a clean diet with regular exercise.

Once we re-open our gyms, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe and we can’t wait to continue pushing you on your fitness journey so why not use this time to clean up your diet before you step back into the gym?

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How to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

When it comes to weight loss, there are a lot of mixed messages that confuse people and complicate things. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to make things as simple and helpful for you as possible; meaning that we want to decode any weight loss myths.

The easiest way to understand weight loss is that it’s achieved when you burn more calories than you consume (what you eat and drink). For example, the recommended daily calorie intake for men in 2,500 and for women in 2,000 but if you’re more or less active than this, these numbers can change. If you’re a fairly active people i.e. you walk 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day and attend the gym around 3-5 times a week, you may be able to increase your calorie intake as you’re burning them at a quicker rate.

If you want to lose weight, you should start keep track of what you’re eating. This will help you understand how many calories you need to burn and if there are any points of the where you’re overeating. For example, you may snack between meals and this could add an additional 500 calories to your daily limit and could be impacting your weight loss goals. Once you’re aware of this, you can substitute these meals/snacks/drinks for something that is lower in calories.

The Diet to Help You Lose Weight Quick

Stop thinking about those fad diets because you only need to follow one specific diet to lose weight and smash your fitness goals. A balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fruit/vegetables is the perfect time to help you lose weight quickly. Regardless of whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, you should try stick to this where you can. Losing weight doesn’t mean that you need to cut out any major food group. Instead, try having everything in moderation and try not to overeat and definitely not under eat.

If you struggle with cravings of junk foods such as pizza, curries and fried foods, don’t think that you need to cut these out as such. You can replace this with ‘fakeaways’ and healthier home cooked alternatives and if you really want the real deal, allow yourself one treat a week or month and work towards that goal i.e. you can order a takeaway once you’ve lost 5lb or fit into an old pair of jeans.

By working hard in your Xercise4Less gym and making the effort to focus on your diet and nutrition a bit more, you’ll be pushing yourself closer to your weight loss goals and start to feel more confident.

Join the Xercise4Less Gyms Fitness Community

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’re proud to have gyms across the UK and provide quality equipment and facilities for all gym interests. Whether you’re a gym beginner and new to gyms or a gym enthusiast, we’ve got something to suit you and your fitness journey. Not only this, but we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our expert staff and personal trainers who can guide you on your weight loss journey and keep pushing you.

Whether you want to use the gym for our wide range of group fitness classes including the Les Mills programme or our exclusive Ladies Only zones, you’ll fit right in at Xercise4Less. Once we re-open, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe. This includes introducing additional cleaning and social distancing practices. If you’re wanting to restart your fitness journey following Covid-19, register your interest to join the Xercise4Less Gyms community today for our exclusive re-opening gym offers.

Stepper Workout Guide

Boost your cardiovascular fitness

Ready for the ultimate fat burn and calorie blast workout? Working out using the stepper can help you make huge progress in terms of your fitness and your health. Keep reading this Xercise4Less Stepper Workout Guide to help you make progress fast.

Whether you’re ready to join a gym, new to gyms, a casual gym goer or an experienced gym user, you’ll find Xercise4Less gyms the right place to start your fitness journey. Stepping into the cardio zones at Xercise4Less will allow you to supercharge your health and wellbeing by climbing numerous flights of stairs in just one spot in each of our gyms across the UK.

Using the stepper in the cardio zone

Don’t get stuck with your same old cardio routine; burn calories fast, increase your speed and build your stamina with a full body workout on the stepper. There are lots of ways that you can use a stepper at Xercise4Less to make your workouts more exciting and to even shock your body into a fat burning state to really maximise results.

Once you’ve stepped onto the machine, make sure that you’re comfortable and have set the machine to a comfortable level. Then, by holding onto the handles, keep yourself stood upright and push your feet down on the steps to help you build up some power and momentum.

When using the stepper, you have a couple of different options – low intensity or high intensity. Low intensity stepper workouts mean using the machine for a long period of time such as 30-60 minutes. Whilst performing a low intensity workout, it’s important to keep your back straight and not hunched to prevent injury. Try to keep a steady and consistent pace so that you can keep working for your designated time – you may need to lower the level on the machine to allow you to do this.

High intensity workouts are slightly different. Firstly, it will be a lot shorter in length with anything from 5 to 30 minutes. For high intensity stepper workouts, continue focusing on your form but increase the level so that the steps feel a lot lighter and more difficult to control. This will mean that your body is forced to work harder to keep it upright. If you can’t maintain this level for a long period of time, you could opt for 1-5 minutes ‘sprints’ so that you work for a short period of time but give maximum effort and then rest. This will increase your heart rate substantially and therefore push you closer to your weight loss goals.

Make great steps on your weight loss journey

Steppers are a great piece of equipment that will help you work towards your fitness journey and fitness goals. If you’re aiming to work on your weight loss, there are lots of small things that you can do to make a difference. One of those includes increasing your daily steps. For example, aiming for 10,000 steps a day could allow you to burn extra calories and therefore increase your weight loss results. If you’re unable to walk around during the day due to work or life commitments, step into the cardio zone at Xercise4Less and work towards your daily step goals.

All of the team at Xercise4Less are keen to help you focus on your goals with us and if that is specifically weight loss, the cardio zones (and steppers especially) could be incredibly beneficial to you. We provide over 400 pieces of exercise equipment, so you never waste time looking for fitness gear and delaying your workout. Every Xercise4Less gym provides enough steppers so that our members can blast calories with intensive stepping sessions at a time that suits them and their schedule.

Next time you visit Xercise4Less, use this full body stepper workout guide to supercharge your fitness programme with these variations of stepper training.

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Join Xercise4Less Gyms today

Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also become part of a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Resistance Training Is Key For Your Weight Loss

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Burn the calories with resistance workouts

You may have heard the phrase ‘muscle burns fat’ but what does that actually mean? Resistance training helps you build muscle and the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest. Why? Simply put, muscle burns a much higher percentage of calories at rest than body fat which expends far fewer calories. Each pound of muscle on your body uses about 30-60 calories per day. So, if resistance training can get your metabolism firing 24 hours of the day, even when you’re just sitting around on the sofa, you’ll find yourself burning calories. That’s why a resistance training workout is the exercise routine you need if you’re trying to lose excess weight.

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The weight training afterburn

Cardio is an important part of any weight loss gym programme but when you’re done on the elliptical machine, your calorie-burning time is pretty much done too. It’s not quite the same with a strength training workout. With resistance training you’ll benefit from the fabled afterburn effect or EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). That means you’ll continue to burn calories for at least an hour after you’ve finished a fitness session in your Xercise4Less gym. Depending on the intensity and length of your weight training you can in fact enjoy a post-exercise calorie combustion of up to 48 hours. Just think, you could be sleeping and fat burning at the same time! If weight loss is a goal of yours, incorporating strength training into your fitness routine is a real no-brainer.

Resistance training for better health

This may be an obvious point but it’s one still worth making; resistance training makes you stronger and fitter for everyday life. Lifting weights or doing bodyweight exercises will of course add tone and definition to your muscles so you look good, but it will also make lifting, bending, and pulling far easier too. Your general health and wellbeing will also be enhanced as strength training protects your bone health and muscle mass, particularly important as we age. Work out using resistance training and you’ll develop better body mechanics and enjoy better balance. Weight training will even improve your mood and boost your energy. That’s why a great Xercise4Less Gyms exercise program for weight loss will always include some resistance training.

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Resist unwanted fat with Xercise4Less resistance training

Put some muscle behind your weight loss journey and try some resistance training at your local Xercise4Less gym. Our gym facilities are packed with calorie-burning equipment for you to use as well as innovative workout areas that help you burn fat quicker like the Ladies Only Gym Zone. Choose from up to 40 fitness classes designed to get your heart racing and your metabolism ramped up. Or work out with expert Personal Trainers in our fat-burning Boot Camps. You can always depend on the Xercise4Less gym community to be right by your side as you fight the battle of the bulge!