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Sim­ple life­style changes and train­ing tips to help you shift some se­ri­ous weight

So it’s time for hefty changes. Maybe you’ve never set foot in a gym be­fore – or maybe you were once in shape and let things slide. Ei­ther way, mak­ing the de­ci­sion to get back to it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing. Maybe you don’t know what to do at the gym, or you need a bet­ter han­dle on the ba­sics of nu­tri­tion.

Here’s the good news: at this stage of your trans­for­ma­tion, ev­ery­thing you do will make a dif­fer­ence. Drink more wa­ter, cut out a cou­ple of beers a week, move around a bit more, hit the gym twice a week, and your gut should re­cede. This is also where you should aim to build skills that you’ll keep once the first flush of mo­ti­va­tion fades – learn the ab­so­lute ba­sics of ef­fi­cient lift­ing and healthy cook­ing, for in­stance, and you’ll never need to do it again. Be­fore you know it, you’ll be hooked on the en­dor­phin high of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and look­ing for­ward to the gym rather than dread­ing it.

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