Get Results With This 12 Week Weight Loss Workout Plan for Men

Beginning a new 12 week weight loss workout program may sound tedious, but being physically active can be more enjoyable than you think with the right weight loss plan in place. Take several small steps to get started, and build up endurance and intensity as you go.

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Get Your Diet in Order First

Making dietary changes is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to successfully lose weight.

healthy foods 12 week weight loss workout plan for menThat’s because eating too many calories means even if you’re working out regularly, you won’t see the weight come off.

Instead of worrying about all of the foods you shouldn’t eat during weight loss, instead, focus on all of the healthy foods you’ll include at each meal and snack. When you’re eating well-balanced meals, you’ll likely experience fewer junk food cravings.

A few simple tips and tricks can help steer you in the right direction:

  1. water 12 week weight loss programDrink water before each meal or snack (about 2 cups) so you’ll feel full and eat less.
  2. Fill half of each plate with non-starchy veggies (leafy greens, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, asparagus, etc.), and the other half with protein and starches.
  3. Include a healthy protein (fish, chicken, seafood, eggs, low-fat dairy, or legumes) at each meal and snack to help boost satiety.
  4. Choose avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, hummus, or plant-based oils as healthy fats to complete each dish and increase satiety.
  5. When you experience junk food cravings, try going for a walk before you eat.
  6. Get at least 7 – 9 hours of sleep in each night to avoid hormone fluctuations that can increase appetite.
  7. Aim to eat at least 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day to lose about 1 – 2 pounds weekly.
  8. Consider using meal replacement shakes to meet daily nutrient needs without the extra calories.

A sample meal replacement protein shake containing about 323 calories might include:

  • banana smoothieGet Results With This 12 Week Weight Loss Workout Plan for Men2 cups of protein-fortified almond milk or skim milk: 160 calories
  • 1/2 cup of sliced bananas: 67 calories
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder: 43 calories
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter: 30 calories
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds: 23 calories
  • Ice cubes

Blend all of the above ingredients together in a blender, and enjoy! Use this shake (or something similar) as a replacement for breakfast or lunch when you’re in a hurry or on the go. It also works well as pre- or post-workout fuel.

Sample 1-Day Weight Loss Menu

To give you an idea about what a healthy weight loss meal looks like, use the sample menu below. Doing so helps you brainstorm ideas for customized weight loss menus based on your individualized food preferences.

Breakfast: a homemade protein shake, or a vegetable with turkey bacon omelet

Morning snack: fruit with nonfat Greek yogurt topped with nuts or seeds

Lunch: Baked fish with vegetables cooked in olive oil (or a leafy green salad with veggies), plus quinoa or a baked sweet potato

watermelon 12 Week Weight Loss Workout Plan for menAfternoon snack: Veggies dipped in hummus

Dinner: Stir-fry cooked in olive oil and seasonings with lean steak, grilled chicken, or shrimp — plus veggies, and cooked brown or wild rice

Evening snack (optional): fruit or veggies plus reduced-fat cheese or nuts OR a small protein smoothie

Keep portion sizes small so you can easily stay within your 1,500- to 1,800-calorie daily allotment. If you're very active, you may require additional calories to drop weight at the recommended rate of 1 – 2 pounds per week.

Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Composition Database to track calories, or try a calorie-counting app, such as:

  • Fitbit
  • Lose It!
  • Noom
  • Fooducate
  • MyFitnessPal

Don’t forget to drink water before meals and snacks, to satisfy you with fewer calories.

Set Goals

Setting a weight loss goal is the first step in beginning your 12 week weight loss plan for men. In fact, goal setting boosts your chance of achieving significant weight loss, especially long term, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Doing so gives you something to work toward, and motivates you along the way.

Choose 12 week and Long-Term Weight Loss Goals

12 week weight loss workout plan for menThe amount of weight you want to lose to meet your goal weight might be 10, 20, or even 50 pounds (or more).

However, a safe, healthy rate of weight loss is about 1 to 2 pounds per week. Therefore, your 12 week weight loss goal might be to drop 12 to 24 pounds at the end of your 12 week program. Be sure to set a long-term weight loss goal as well.

Set Fitness Goals

Having fitness goals in place boosts your chance of working out regularly. Here are a few tips and tricks to get started setting fitness goals and meeting them during a 12 week weight loss program:

  1. person creating a schedule Weight Loss Workout Plan for menSchedule weight loss workouts (set aside time each day) into your regular routine.
  2. Write down your allotted workout times on a calendar. On the calendar, record the day and time you’re setting aside for workouts.
  3. Write down several activities (such as taking the dog for a walk, doing yard work or house chores, or practicing sports with your kids) you'll do daily — in addition to exercise sessions — to keep you active all throughout the day.
  4. Aim to work out most days of the week. You might begin by working out just 20 minutes 3 to 4 days weekly, and work up to exercising for 30 – 60 minutes 5 or 6 days a week.
  5. Aim to complete at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise most days of the week.
  6. Resistance train (lift weights or use body weight or resistance bands) most days as well, but change up the muscle groups you work so you aren't exercising the same group of muscles two days in a row.

Set Diet Goals

Your individualized diet goals will vary depending on which area of your diet you’re struggling with.

Examples of healthy eating goals you may choose are:

  1. jumping rope vs soda Weight Loss Workout Plan for menEat sweets for just one day each week (or avoid sweets entirely).
  2. Replace sodas with water, coffee, or unsweetened tea.
  3. Replace at least one meal with a meal replacement shake.
  4. Drink at least 16 cups of water every day.
  5. Drink 2 cups of water before each meal, and 4 cups of water when you first wake up in the morning.
  6. Fill up on veggies and protein before you eat starchy foods (such as whole grains or potatoes).
  7. Track calories for the first week or two during a 12-weight weight loss program.
  8. Eat at home (vs. in a restaurant) at least 5 – 6 days each week.
  9. Go for a walk when you’re getting ready to eat junk food due to emotional reasons or because you’re bored (eat only when you’re truly hungry).
  10. Sleep at least 7 hours each night to keep your appetite hormones in check.

Start by setting a few simple dietary goals, and add to your goal list as you continue on in your weight loss journey.

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