The fact is, losing weight requires a change in the way we think, eat and the amount of activity we engage in. If you keep doing what you doing, you'll keep getting what you've got. So change is necessary. There is no magic bullet or pill. Diets do not work. What we eat, what we think and how much we move is vitally important to proper weight balance and good health.
Always consult with your Doctor before making any changes to your diet and health regimen especially if you have health-related problems or conditions.
In America when someone uses the term "diet" in the context of losing weight it usually means they are going to change what they are eating and maybe exercise a little for a temporary period until they have achieved their desired goal. Then what do they do? They will return to their original eating and lifestyle habits. They have not established healthy lifestyle habits or fixed the problem that caused the weight gain to begin with. Yes they are going right back to the very same behavior that got them to that point of needing to lose weight to begin with. Hopefully you are getting the message. If you only want to lose a small amount of weight for a few months, OK diet. If you really want to lose weight and keep it off you must quit thinking a diet will do it. You will set yourself up for failure.
A Healthy Food Relationship
Our relationship with food can be out of balance or skewed. Most people look at foods as an enjoyable hobby, event or even a means of comfort when sad, frustrated or angry. Without understanding the mechanics that drive us to eat we fall into the traps of overconsumption. We can teach you the healthy way to look at your relationship with food so you can overcome the reasons you are prone to over eat.
Calories In vs. Calories Out
You must understand your energy balance. This means you must know how many calories you need based on your activity and exercise levels. If you consume more calories than you burn per day you will gain weight. Every day you have a limit, think of it as a calorie budget. As long as you do not exceed the budget you will not gain weight. To lose weight you must consume less calories than you burn so your body must use stored energy in the form of fat to function. To lose one pound per week you must burn 500 more calories per day than you eat. Never eat less than 1200 calories per day. This will slow down your metabolism drastically to the point that you will not lose weight. You may even gain weight. Your body thinks it is starving. Never lose more than 2 lbs. per week on a continuous basis.
Does Weight Loss Equate to Health
Weight Loss does not mean you are healthy. I had a client make the comment, "When I get my excess weight of I will be healthy." I had to explain that just losing weight does not mean you are healthy. The qualities of the foods you consume are much more important for your health than the weight loss. Losing weight without a proper diet will lead to future regain of the weight and other possible health conditions. There are plenty of people at an appropriate weight for there height that are not healthy. For example, some people manage weight through the unhealthy practice or purging or bulimia in which they purge the foods they eat and they over exercise. This can lead to a potential for very serious health consequences. There are many people that may look healthy because they are at a normal weight however they could be eating a very poor diet of fast foods that are making their body's nutrient bankrupt. Eventually nutrient bankruptcy of the body will lead to illness and possible disease. Weight lost done in a healthy way can provide an excellent foundation for vibrant health providing a long quality life.
Seek the advice of a certified nutritionist. Most people think they know how to eat in a healthy manor. As a nutritionist I can tell you that is one of the problems. There is a lot of faulty nutritional information available in health clubs, the Internet and even from your friends. If someone is promising that you can lose a lot of weight quickly ( in excess of 10 pounds per month) you will be cycling back through their program in another year or so. Long term studies show that when losing more than 10 pounds per month consistently, you are at high risk of gaining it back. The first couple of months you might expect to lose a lot of fluid along with fat loss, making your weight loss over 10 pounds for those months. After that your goal should be to lose 6 to 8 pounds per month. This insures you are establishing healthy habits and slower weight loss is safer for our bodies.
Our health is really dependant of the consumption of the building blocks of our bodies. Refined and processed foods are devoid of the nutrients required to keep us healthy. We need vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes, proteins, complex carbohydrates and fiber for vibrant health. Eating foods devoid of them will cause blood sugar imbalances which will cause cravings for carbohydrate rich foods. In addition the lack of nutrients means you can't turn the foods you eat into energy. To make energy from foods requires many nutrients and just taking a supplement or eating foods enriched or fortified with the nutrients they are missing is no replacement for nutrients from real foods.
To lose weight safely and for it to last, exercise must become a regular part of your life. Get your doctors ok to exercise and then begin slowly. I highly recommend that you work with a certified personal trainer or certified fitness instructor, if possible. However a major word of caution, if either the nutritionist or your fitness expert want to be your one stop shop and supply you with both exercise and nutritional information, be cautious. Your decision making guide is how quickly do they want you to lose weight ( more than 10 pounds per month ) and do they want you to consume less than 1200 calories per month. If they do you should be under a health professionals care, even then I would not suggest doing it unless a medical condition warranted it.
To lose weight safely you need guidance, motivation and empowerment through education, mentoring and accountability. Most people think they can lose weight and keep it off without a professionals help. If so how is it working for you? The truth is, safe, long term weight loss is difficult. If it was so easy why is our county at 67% overight and or obese at over 31%.
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