CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Losing weight can be a struggle. It can be especially discouraging when we feel like we're doing everything right, but the weight isn't coming off.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is their diet, eating too many or not enough calories.
Fitness expert Mary Drake you owns Ultimate Body Shaping in Cedar Rapids says if you want to lose weight you should be consuming about 15-hundred calories a day.
Your exercise routine can also be weighing you down.Drake says the key is to find a workout you love. That way it's not boring and you won't hit the snooze instead of getting up and getting active.
She recommends classes because they keep you accountable and you have a group of people with the same goals to help motivate you.
No matter what kind of workout you're doing she says you need to switch it up every 8 weeks to keep from hitting that plateau. And don't just do cardio.
"Weight lifting for everyone. Definitely men and women, but women as they tend to get older you want to prevent osteoporosis. So you definitely want to add adds muscle in there as well and muscle will rev up the metabolism," said Mary Drake, Owner of Ultimate Body Shaping.
Drake says achieving your weight loss goals is possible for everyone! But diet and exercise really do go hand in hand and you can't achieve your goals without both.