Losing weight does not have to mean drastically reducing the amount of food you eat. Although this may work for a while it is not always the correct solution. Cutting down too much on your food intake may, in some cases, be detrimental to your health.
In order to lose weight sensibly and effectively, you need also to think about a change in lifestyle.
Beware of Low-Calorie diets that decrease the calorie intake to way below your body’s required level.
Cutting calories may help shed unwanted pounds, maybe by the use of very-low-calorie soups, shakes or bars, but this kind of fad diet may be dangerous as it encourages the body to digest fat. ‘Not a bad thing?’ you may think,
but burning fat requires a lot of energy and as the body tries to provide this energy it will run at a very slow pace causing tiredness, weakness to the immune system and eventually resulting in illness.
By losing weight safely with Low-calorie diets can also encourage your body to compensate by burning muscle.
After a while, most people on this type of diet revert back to their old way of eating and put back all the weight they have lost plus adding more.
As most of the lost weight was mainly fats, and fats have more volume per mass than muscle, then the regained weight will in effect become even bulkier. Therefore, you should remember that the best way to lose weight is to burn the excess body fat only.
Ok, so you may decide to call it a day with the crash diet, but don’t forget that you should not return to your old way of eating, or you will be back where you started.
Eating healthily means consuming a varied diet. Healthy eating will provide all the necessary nutrients that your body requires to function correctly.
Fried foods should be avoided wherever possible, as these just encourage your body to absorb more fats than necessary.
Grilled or roasted meats are a better choice. Try steamed or broiled foods.
Include foods rich in fibre, as these are important to your digestive system. Also, drinking water is very beneficial to keeping your body functioning correctly.
Remember, fats just hang around on your body and do not do much for you!
On the other hand, muscles work very hard at burning calories – not only when they are being worked, but also when they are at rest.
If you can increase muscle mass then you can start to lose weight
More the muscle increases, the less fat is left behind.
Beginning a regular workout that includes a routine of resistance exercises will get you started with building muscle.
Aerobic exercise will also help with decreasing the excess body fat, as it encourages the increase of lean muscle mass.
Along with improving cardiovascular endurance by exercising your heart, it can also increase your body metabolism helping to burn that excess fat a little bit faster and for longer, even after you have finished your workout and maybe relax in front of the television!
Don’t be fooled into believing what is sometimes promoted as a ‘long term way to keep your weight down’. Some people will tell you that smoking and a regular intake of caffeine can help you lose weight.
They may have that effect to some extent, but the benefits are far outweighed by the harmful side effects.
If you are looking for a short term ‘boost’ to your weight loss, there are certain food supplements and appetite suppressants on the market that can give you that little extra help.
Before taking any kind of dietary pills or products it is always a good idea to speak to your Doctor to ascertain which type he would recommend you try.
It is very important that you follow the instructions provided, and be aware of any side effects that they may have.
So, you can see that losing weight safely does not have to be a chore, it just needs an open mind and for you to choose the method that suits you and your body best.
You may need to give up or cut down on some little indulgences, but following a more active and healthy lifestyle will be much more rewarding.