Getting in shape and losing weight is a common goal for adults. In fact, it is probably the number 1 New Year’s resolution each year. But it is also the one of the hardest things to do. The reason is, when most people decide to lose weight they want to lose it very quickly. That is not only unhealthy, it is nearly impossible. Here’s why.
First of all, it took you awhile to put the weight on. You didn’t gain it in a few weeks or a month or two. It was a gradual process and it should come off in the same way. Losing weight slowly in a healthy manner allows your body time to adjust to the changes.
When you start a strict diet or exercise plan you put a lot of stress on yourself – both mentally and physically. You wear down after a short time. This may present itself as fatigue, headaches, hunger, frustration, or other feelings of discomfort. And the truth is that if you stick with the diet plan you probably will lose some weight. And some of that weight could be muscle mass. But as soon as you stop the diet the weight will come back. That’s just the way it works.
Dieting is not a good idea. Instead, it is much wiser to lose weight the healthy way. This means you should learn about your body, how to eat healthy, exercises, and supplements that work with your body.
First of all you need to know that depriving your body of food is a bad idea. Your body needs nutrition on a regular basis to keep the metabolism working at a steady pace. Eating regularly keeps your energy level up.
So you need to start your day with a healthy breakfast that is not high in calories. This is the best way to jump start your metabolism, which is the way your body converts food to energy. You see, calories are the energy units in food. But some calories can be used and some cannot. The ones that can be used are used right away and the extra ones are stored away as fat. That’s why you should eat smaller meals but eat more of them – and make sure they are nutritious.
Then you won’t be getting hungry so you won’t be grabbing the quick, high calorie snacks. Plus, you’ll have more energy than usual which is another good thing. And here’s another tip, exercising is a great way to burn calories. And with some types of exercise you will continue burning calories even after you quit. That’s because you will create lean muscle mass and those muscles will burn calories even when you are resting. How’s that sound?