You want to lose weight safely, improve your looks and to go back to wearing favorite clothes you love.
The first step to weight loss is to develop the desire, change your approach to eating and adding physical activity to your daily routine. Your success will depend on your persistence. The important thing is to find the proper balance of diet and exercise that works for you. The results will be well worth it:more energy, better physical and mental health, a slimmer, youthful appearance and a new you.
The foods we eat and the quantities we consume affect our body-weight, muscle tone, skin complexion, vitality as well as the everyday functions of our bodies. Being overweight puts that much extra strain on the heart, kidneys, bones and joints which in turn, increases the risk of developing diseases like arthritis, high blood cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. When the body gets rid of unnecessary weight, the heart is able to pump more efficiently and there is less wear and tear on the vital organs.
Weight loss requires smart food choices and, making small changes each and every day to slowly lose those extra pounds. It requires burning more calories than you eat by reducing your food intake sensibly in conjunction with an exercise program. Never try to diet drastically.
Your weight loss program should be based on foods from each of the important food groups. Good nutrition is balanced nutrition that includes whole grains, fresh fruit, green and yellow vegetables, skim milk, brown rice, low-fat cottage cheese, lean meat, poultry and nuts. You would not cut out any of these foods-you merely reduce the overall quantities.
The Ideal Body-weight
Keeping the body-weight at a proportional level of of one’s gender, age and height not only enhances the overall appearance of the individual and makes them feel better, but also lessens health risk factors, slows down the aging process and may also contribute to a longer life span.
To reach your ideal body-weight and, to a new you, make appropriate adjustments to your eating habits, yet, continue to eat a balanced diet. The body must continue to be provided with the full range of nutrients it requires.
Weight Loss Formula
-set realistic goals through a balanced diet plan that suits your tastes
-eat regularly but try to watch portion sizes and, keeping your total calorie intake low without starving
-calorie-rich junk foods should be the first to go
-curb hunger by increasing your intake of fiber such as bran, whole grain cereals and green vegetables
-make breakfast your biggest meal of the day
-develop an exercise program designed to suit your body shape
-moderate alcohol and stay away from soft drinks
-drink plenty of water
-visualize daily, the benefits of your weight loss goals
Eat Less Fat
We need some fat in the diet for our body to function properly. However, fat is a concentrated source of energy, so eating too much fat can provide excess calories and may lead to overweight and obesity. There is a variety of healthy alternatives and plenty of low-fat options to full-fat ingredients such as reduced-fat dairy products. And, the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables available provide excellent sources of essential vitamins and minerals.
Reduce Cholesterol Intake
Our body makes cholesterol because it is needed for health. It only becomes undesirable when large amounts accumulate in the bloodstream and cause fatty build-up in the blood vessels. In the diet, cholesterol is only found in food or beverages of animal origin. Fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts do not contain any cholesterol.
Cut Back On Sugar
By controlling how much sugar you have in your diet will go a long way to getting great results with your weight loss program and lower your risk of degenerative diseases.
Fitness is an important weight loss tool. How much exercise you need varies from person to person. For calorie burning, almost every activity burns calories so, choose an activity that you enjoy.
For most people, the best exercise is walking. A walking program strengthens your heart and lowers your blood pressure. A walking program combined with a muscle toning program will help firm the muscles and make you look and feel good.Moderate intensity activities like jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics not only burn calories, they also keep your heart healthy.
Weight Loss:A New You
Its all about the quality of life-to be active and productive, feel good, look great and staying healthy for the rest of our lives.
*Before attempting any weight loss and exercise program you should have a thorough medical examination by your doctor.