A celebrity fitness instructor has shared some of his top weight loss tips.
Richie Swan has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years, teaching popular fitness classes at the emerging Fitness Studios in South Liverpool. His famous clientele includes Emma Bunton, Melanie B and Alexandra Burke.
Richie, who is from Maghull, said when he first took up fitness after his sister’s death he was overweight and out of shape but has since changed his life. He’s shared his tried-and-true methods for losing a few pounds and says it’s not as hard as you think.
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Richie said, “If someone wants to lose weight, they have to be in a calorie deficit. My biggest tip is to track your calories and learn what calories are in the foods you eat.
“It’s not about dieting all the time. In the end, we all only live once. You’re not going to love your life drinking sparkling water and spinach and kale.
“You want to be able to go out, have a glass of wine, eat and still stay on track. It’s about determining how many calories are in those types of foods to keep them in your week so you can balance it out.”
Richie believes the most important thing about exercising is to enjoy it and if someone finds an activity they enjoy they should stick to it. He said: “If you find something you like, you stick with it. The most important thing for reaching your fitness goals is that you can be consistent and if you enjoy it you will be consistent and that’s the same with your fitness. diet.”
Richie, 42, said the most important thing when starting a weight loss journey is to remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and to give the process time. Speaking to ECHO, he said, “There will be times when you do it when you start the first week and you’re motivated and think you’re crushing it.
“Be consistent, do three to five workouts and don’t overwork yourself because you can’t sustain that and you will also give up. Sometimes less is more. It’s about telling yourself you’re doing everything you can to get there and trusting on the process.
“Going step by step and pound for pound.”