Obese, fat and overweight…These are just 3 of the more polite terms describing a condition that is affecting many people today…And the problem is not going away, and does not look like going away even during these times of recession.
Why? Well if you are overweight I am sure you have a good and valid explanation how you got this way. You don’t need me to list them here. Unless you have a medical condition (not genetic!), it is likely that you are obese, fat, overweight because you each too much and do not exercise enough to use up enough of what you take in.
Think of your car…You fill the tank with gas, your drive your car, the gas gets burned up. You don’t use your car, then you don’t use fuel, and it stays where you put it. Fortunately for your car (and you) the fuel does not spread and do any damage. Now if you had soft gas tanks in your car and kept filling them without driving…
Your body is the same, you fill it up, you don’t use it, then it stays. And although the human body is different in that unlike your car, its ‘exhaust system’ removes waste products whether you drive or not, not all the calories you take in reach the ‘exhaust system’ and must instead be used up as energy in the body.
So how do you lose weight? Is it just stopping overeating? Whether you like it or not, you know the answer already. With diet and exercise…And the key to achieving any weight loss goal is developing healthy diet and exercise habits.
Let’s clear up a couple of things here that may be major blocks to your progress from fat to fit. Diet does not mean living for 3 months on only the water that you squeeze from a leaf of lettuce – it means eating healthy, lower calorie meals. You don’t have to go hungry on a proper balanced diet.
And exercise is not training for the Olympics, exercise in terms of a weight loss programme is simply getting more active…walk instead of the bus, cycle instead of the car, stairs instead of the elevator.
It is worth repeating…the key to weight loss is burning more calories than you take in. 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, you therefore need to burn 3,500 calories to make sure none of that 1 pound of fat stays in your body. So cutting 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). If you then exercise more and burn calories, you can increase that 3500 calories reduction!
This is not a difficult concept to take on board; the difficult bit is knowing where to start. There are many diet plans available from fad through quirky (and dangerous) to celebrity…and everything in between.
Find a plan that suits your lifestyle. Find a plan that you can stick to. Find a plan that uses a balanced diet of all food groups, that gives you advice on portion control, that gives you easy to make, affordable and tasty recipes…and find a plan that does not involve pills, potions or surgery.
Pills and potions do not offer a long term weight solution.
Remember, with exercise plus calorie restriction you can achieve your weight loss goal and the body you want. But there are 2 more key factors to your fat loss success…your will and your commitment. Your weight loss program, no matter how good or expensive, will fail without your desire and determination.
My name is Peter. As a former Aerobics and Fitness Instructor, I like to keep a healthy interest in all aspects of Lifestyle, Fitness and Nutrition. As a trained fitness pro, safety is always top of my mind, and as the internet becomes more accessible, so do weight loss programs, pills and positions, and even surgical procedures to help fat reduction. What makes you want to eat? Do you know how much you should eat? Can you reverse the effects of overeating? It is an enormous worry that those of us who are concerned about being overweight. can jump right into any program without understanding how it works, why it works, or what could be the long term effects other than weight loss – and even that may not happen! http://www.goodbye2fat.com/.