Many people who attempt to lose weight do so by trying to cut back on the amount of food they eat. Now while this may work to a certain extent in the short term, it certainly is not a long term solution and definitely not the best way to lose weight. There is even a chance that if you cut out too much food from your diet that it could have a negative effect on your health. On top of this a large drop in calories is associated with starvation mode, which will actually prevent you from losing weight successfully.
Crash diets are probably the unhealthiest ways to lose weight. When your body doesn’t receive an adequate amount of calories, it slows its abilities to burn calories effectively. This can often lead to feelings of ill health, a weakened immune system and potential illness. If your body does not receive enough calories through eating, it will have to find them from somewhere else. Your body will take the calories from the protein in your muscles. This will results in your muscles becoming much weaker and smaller, leading to more tiredness. You may lose weight this way but most of it will be muscle weight and not fat weight. It is the fat that needs to be shifted and not the muscle. Nobody has ever felt bad or had low self esteem because they had too much muscle.
When it comes to changing your diet so that you can reach your weight loss goals there are 2 things that you need to do. Firstly cut out all the calories from unhealthy foods and replace them with calories from healthy foods. If you feel that you are consuming too many calories regardless of the source, and then simply cut out no more than 500 calories per day from your diet. Anything around 300-500 will be fine. Cut out too many and yes you’ve guessed it: you hit starvation mode. The second thing that you will have to do is to eat more often. This means instead of consuming your daily calories within 2 or 3 meals spread them out to 5 or 6 meals. This needs to be done because your body can only digest a certain amount of food. Any extra will be stored as fat. Smaller meals have less chance of being stored as fat because your body can digest and use most of it.
Exercise is a must if you want to lose weight. You should engage in cardio and resistance exercise. Resistance exercise involves training with weights. Training with weights will increase the size of your muscles. The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn, so if you increase your muscle mass, you will increase the amount of calories you burn, and this equals fat loss. Cardio exercise is also required for fat loss. Apart from losing weight other benefits will include a stronger heart, better oxygen intake, more energy, and general all round health.
This last step should have actually been the first step but I left it until last because it only becomes a problem a few weeks after starting a weight loss program. This is the question of motivation and willpower. Many people fail to keep up the motivation to lose weight after a short period of time and give up trying. One of the main reasons behind this is due to having unrealistic goals. These probably come from the way many diets and weight loss products are advertised. If you expect to lose 30 or 40 pounds a month, you can forget it! Your body cannot lose this amount of weight in a safe and effective way.
You must set realistic goals, losing 2 or possibly 3 pounds of weight a week is a more realistic view. Your body can cope with this amount of weight loss and mentally so can you. This may not sound like a lot when you compare it to what some dubious weight loss products or diets claim. However it is precisely those people who use these types of products and diets, that fail to lose weight and give up trying. A realistic approach will ensure that you lose weight on a regular basis and ensure that the weight will stay off. All this can be achieved without having a negative impact on your health, and with testing your motivation and willpower too much.
You don’t need diet pills, weight loss supplements or popular fad diets to lose weight. All you need is a realistic approach, a healthy diet, and a good exercise program consisting of cardio training and weight training. This without doubt is the best way to lose weight.