If you are one of those people who want to lose weight then the very first thing that comes to your mind is probably to reduce the amount of food you eat. This might sound like a good solution, but it’s not exactly the best one.
As a matter of fact, depending on the amount of food that you reduce, it may even be dangerous to your health!
So how do you lose weight safely and effectively? Here are several points that you should consider:
Beware of crash diets
Most people think that cutting down on calories can alone shed unwanted pounds. This is probably the case because of the fad that exists in advertising world about low calorie food products and drinks.
People don’t know that this can be very dangerous because when they decrease calorie intake way below required levels, their body will begin to digest fats. Maybe this sounds good to you, but actually it’s not good at all.
Burning fat requires a lot of energy. But since there’s not much energy in the body to facilitate metabolism of fat, it will run at a very slow pace, which will result in fatigue, illness and general weakness of the immune system.
Low calorie diet is compensated by the body by burning muscles. Usually people on this diet who go back to their old eating habits will end up gaining back some, if not all the weight they have lost. And this would consist mainly of fats. Since fats contain more volume per mass than muscle, they end up having the same weight, but more bulkier. When losing weight, you should lose excess body fats only!
However, you should try out eating smaller meals at more frequent intervals during the day. This way your body will not think that you are starving and it will not store food as fat.
Maybe you have considered junking the crash diet option, but you shouldn’t forget to watch what you eat as well. You should have variety present in your diet, so that you can get all the necessary nutrients from your diet.
Also it’s a lot healthier to eat food that is roasted, steamed or broiled rather than fried. Don’t forget to include a lot of fiber in your diet. Frequent re-hydration is also necessary.
Pump up lean muscle mass
Muscles burn calories when they work; they even do that when you are resting. While fats just lie around (bulge around pants and dangle beneath the sleeves), your muscles burn calories all day long.
Having this in mind you can start weight loss by simply increasing your muscle mass. The more muscles you have, the less fat will be left. You can achieve this by working out with resistance exercises.
Engage in aerobics
Aerobics is not only good for your heart, but it also helps you increase lean muscle mass while at the same time it decreases excess body fat.
Other than this, aerobics make the metabolic process much more efficient and its rate high, even after some time! Just imagine you burning fat while driving along the freeway or while watching TV.
A lot of people today believe that smoking and caffeine help them in losing weight. While this may be true, they actually do more harm to your body than good because of their negative side effects. If you want to have that extra “push”, you could try taking food supplements. After all, 95% of these products on the market does good.
On taking diet pills
Over the counter diet pills affect the amount of weight you lose as well as how long you can sustain that weight. However, you should also be wary of the side effects of these diet pills.
Always go for natural diet pills with no side effects! Remember to follow the instructions provided on the packaging. It is also a good idea to consult your doctor before trying out any of these diet pills and find out which one best suit you.
Lose weight – look & feel better!
Losing weight doesn’t have to mean sacrifice or suffering. It actually means opening up to a more fulfilling and healthier life than ever before; a life where you don’t have to feel bad about yourself looking the way you do or not being able to do what you want to do.
It’s true – losing weight could mean a little adjustment and discomforts, but you know how they say: “No pain – no gain”. Besides fat, what else have you got to lose anyways?