Hey Everyone! I know not everybody can afford to go to the gym, whether it be for financial reasons or for lack of time, and therefore a lot of your do your workouts at home. The question is, what equipment should you invest in? I wanted to briefly share what is, in my opinion, the most important pieces of equipment for you to have in your home that will be of the most value to you, if your goal is to lose fat.
The first is Free Weights:
It is important to increase your lean muscle mass while trying to lose weight. This is because every 1lbs of lean muscle burns 350 calories per week (approx.). The more lean mass you have, the more fat your body will burn. This is why i strongly suggest having free weights at home. The reason i suggest free weights as opposed to stationary equipment is because you have much more freedom with the types of exercises and muscle groups that you can work as opposed to limiting yourself with a stationary machine or universal set up.
The second is either a Treadmill OR Elliptical Machine:
Cardio equipment like a treadmill or elliptical machine will be another necessary piece of equipment to have at home. Cardio is a key element in fat loss. Completing 35-45 minutes of cardio at 65%-75% of your maximum heart rate is what you will need to do in order to burn fat. I would suggest doing this at least 4-5 days per week (the more frequently you do the cardio, the better). Keep in mind it is more effective to do 35-45 minutes 6 days a week than it is to do 1 hour 3 days a week.
As an added bonus, I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite weight loss recipes…Healthy Biscotti Cookies! Who ever said dieting has to be bland and boring? This recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your craving for a delicious treat AND keep you on track toward your fitness goal at the same time. This is one of my favorite recipes because it ties into my Italian background and is a guilt free version of one of my all time favorite treats! The recipe is as follows:
2 cups oatmeal
2/3 cups water (or as needed)
1tsp baking powder
In a blender, grind oats into a powder
in a bowl combine oatmeal powder, egg, baking powder, and water
mix together well into a smooth dough (if you need additional water, just add)
Transfer dough onto a greased baking tray and form into a log approx. 1/2 inch high..
Cut into slices (1inch thick)
Lay slices down on one side and bake for about 15-20mins. Then flip them over to other side and bake for an additional 15-20mins.
Remove from oven and let cool
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
Water (approx. 1/4 cup)
In a bowl combine protein powder and water
Mix together so it forms a frosting-like consistency
Cover one end of each biscotti cookie in the protein frosting and set in fridge to harden.
This delicious and fun Biscotti cookie is full of 30g healthy carbohydrates and 30g of protein.
This recipe as well as many others can be found in my book How To Keep Your Sanity In Dietary Confinement. It is now available on amazon so please, get yourself a copy today and don’t fall victim to a boring diet.
The information I covered in this post was featured in the attached article along with advise from other fitness professionals. Please feel free to check it out!