Losing Weight – A Matter of Life

Losing weight effectively is simple, unless you are genetically disposed to obesity, or you have a condition that causes obesity.

Let us examine if you are a candidate for weight loss You can find your ideal weight either through your doctor or through an “ideal weight chart” for males and females. If you are more than 10 pounds above the “healthy weight” for your height, you should definitely lose weight and go on a regimen to do so. So if you are, e.g. a male and 6 feet tall, your “healthy” weight is 165 pounds. If you weigh more than 175 pounds, you should seriously consider losing weight.

Losing weight effectively is simple and involves the following:

1. Losing fat

2. Maintaining muscle tone

3. Maintaining a steady weight at least over 12 months–your weight should not vary more than 5 pounds.

Unless you accomplish all four of the above, you will be deluding yourself about weight loss. Because the true benefit of losing weight is to keep it off and not go on a roller coaster of higher and lower weight. This not only plays havoc with your metabolic proficiency but also affects you emotionally. It causes you to go on binge diets, which are the worst for weight loss.So how do you do it? Again, simple. As I said, unless you have a genetic disposition towards obesity (e.g. a thyroid condition), weight loss is simple and is driven by the following.

Regimen

Involves regular exercise and consistent lifestyle, which further includes stress management, attitude and regularity of sleep. All are important to a healthy regimen. A regimen should not feel like you are being ordered by someone to follow it, but it should come naturally. However, certain fundamentals are common. If you get anxiety attacks, see your physician. Stress is bad for weight. So is sleep deprivation or irregularity.

Diet

Regulate what you eat. Diet does not mean weight loss  dieting. In fact, stay off of weight clinics or regulated programs. They rarely work. Forget their TV ads. Have you ever wondered why they choose only celebrities to tout their weight programs? Because they fail most of the time and over time become addictive, because you put the lost weight back on. Why? Because the program is a general purpose one, not designed around your lifestyle and regimen. We often rebel unconsciously against a mandate, unless it is explained to us why it is uniquely good to us. This is where the expensive diet clinics fail.

So how do you regulate your diet? By consistently not exceeding your caloric intake over your caloric output. Intake is fat, carbs and sugar in your diet. Output is exercise, regular sleep and lack of stress. So e.g. if you stress, your weight will go up. It will go up because your digestive system will become inefficient–you will stop tasting your food, worry about other things, and your body will not process the food efficiently-hence the weight gain.