Losing weight should not be a punishment to your body. This is why most crash diets and painful exercises hardly work as long term weight loss measures. In many cases they are simply short term and temporary measures that will only work in the duration of the diet or exercise but once you take a break your former weight returns with a vengeance.
Some of the best ways to lose weight involve slow and gradual changes in diet and exercise that the body can adjust with comfortably. If you haven’t exercised for a number years don’t start on a ten mile jog on your first day of exercises because you might injure your body or even lose your motivation to lose weight. Neither should you start starving yourself on the first day of your diet program. You might end up denying your body the necessary nutrients or vitamins that it requires and suffer severe health consequences in the process.
Losing weight should be a calculated and well planned program. The first step involves knowing exactly what you intend to achieve by understanding your body’s energy needs and the expected weight loss. It is imperative to understand that the food you eat is used by the body to produce energy and any excess energy from this food is stored as fat. Eating more food than your body needs means that you will gain weight from the excess fat.
In order to lose weight, you will have to ensure that the body uses up all the fat it had stored. There are two very effective ways of doing this. You can make sure that the diet you eat contains less calories everyday. Besides calories reduction, you will need to increase physical activities by, for example exercising more. This is what weight loss is all about – diet and exercise.
Rome was not built in a day, as they say, so make the changes gradually to give your body ample time to adapt to the new lifestyle. Make the changes in small steps. If one extra cookie every week can cause a gain of 50 pounds in a year, cutting out that single cookie will help you lose a similar weight.
Losing weight involves a permanent change of lifestyle. You will have to ditch full-fat milk in preference for semi-skimmed for the rest of your life. Alternatively you can choose to make slight adjustments to your diet but gradually increase the amount of exercises or the frequency of exercising. The more you build muscle the more fat you burn. Skipping meals is not a solution for it will leave you even hungrier and makes you more likely to overindulge the next time you eat. Remember that one of the best ways to weight loss is to make a lifestyle change gradually by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your activity levels.