Weight loss is not easy for everyone. It has been proven that dieting doesn’t work for everybody. Yet individuals keep trying to come with ways that helps everybody lose weight. The simple fact is everyone is different; different body types, different ways of thinking and different ways that people approach food. Weight loss will happen when you eat fewer calories than what you burn while at rest. Different size bodies need different amounts of food and especially if you’re a man or woman. Men and women need different types of foods therefore weight loss is different. Even if you choose not to eat that won’t work because your body needs fuel and building blocks in order to survive and it will resort to eating itself if you don’t feed it right. So simply put eat less calories than your resting metabolism and exercise to burn the extra and boost your metabolism.
1. Reduce calories
2. Raise metabolism
3. Drink plenty of water
These are the 3 main building blocks in a weight loss program. Every program adapts these principles. What most weight loss programs forget to adopt is the individual aspect. Everyone is different so no two people will lose weight the same.
Every body has a certain rate that it burns calories. Resting metabolism can be calculated based on age and body size. To lose weight you need to eat. Sounds weird “to lose weight you need to eat”, but it’s true. Your body needs to eat to maintain cellular function. If it doesn’t get enough protein for example it will take protein from your muscles you will lose weight but is it good to have your muscle eaten by your own body and spare the fat? If you eat too many carbohydrates it will store it as fat. So eating a well rounded diet is important to lose weight just eat a little less than your body requirements and you will lose weight.
Protein is for making muscles and tissue that connects together (connective tissue)
Fat is essential to maintain good cardiac health and vascular health But there is good fat and bad fat. Low density fats are your good fats like omega-3 High density fats are your bad fats like trans fats. Eat more LDL’s and stay away from HDL’s as much as possible.
Carbohydrates are your energy food to give you body energy Like fats there are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates are the complex ones like the starch in yams or sweet potatoes. Bad Carbohydrates are the simple sugars as found in soft drinks and cookies.
Fiber is important to maintain good digestive health and there is soluble fiber which is good for you vascular health.
Vitamins and minerals are to help enzymes in your body to function (such as Lipase an enzyme to help break down fat).
Every body has an intrinsic rate at which to burn calories. If you raise the rate you burn calories faster. There are two ways to raise the rate,firstly, eat small frequent meals usually six times a day. Secondly, Exercise! Everything you do burns calories from walking at work to walking up and down stairs to chasing your children around. Exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous. Walking around the block will do nicely or swimming is an excellent way to lose weight. Just do one thing more in your day to burn calories and you will lose weight.
The body is made of 70% of water. That means most of our weight is locked in water. Every process in the body needs water to work. When the body does work it produces wastes or toxins. These wastes need to get out of our bodies otherwise our bodies will suffocate in our own wastes. Water becomes the vehicle to dissolve the wastes and ultimately gets rid of the waste. Dieting is a short term solution to a long term problem. When we diet the body tries to find balance and the first thing the body does is release some of its water. Water is heavy; therefore, when we lose water we lose weight. That is why when we begin to diet most our weight will be lost in the first week. We diet to look better, thinner and ultimately healthier. Most diets and diet pills advertise instant weight loss “lose 10 lbs in a week”. That weight is mostly water; therefore the fat remains unchanged in our bodies. Our bodies have not changed the only thing that happens is we are closer to becoming dehydrated our processes in our body slows and ultimately our metabolism slows. So after the initial weight loss of 10lbs we might if we’re lucky will show a loss of 1 lb or less a week later and ultimately frustration with our diet. Allowing our bodies to be dehydrated will make us prone to illness like colds and flu weak and tired. Not what you’ve signed up for when you chose to lose weight, not very healthy. By drinking plenty of water 6 – 8 glasses a day it puts our bodies in a state of hydration and the body will natural find balance. Our processes in our body speed up, our bodies no longer are being suffocated in our toxins and ultimately increases metabolism. The body has to burn fat. We then lose weight slowly in a controlled way, healthy and strong, we are able then to fight any infection that comes our way and we have energy to do the things we want to do. With increased energy comes more activity and more exercise lose more fat and burn more calories and lose more weight. The process then becomes a runaway freight car and the weightless becomes effortless. It takes time to get it there, it takes patience and work.