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How To Get Started With Exercise: The Magic Pill Of Your Weight Loss Program

In a previous article, I mentioned the weight loss mantra of "Eat Less... Move More" and I wrote about how to choose the diet plan that could help you eat less. In this article I will discuss the "move more" part of the equation.

In addition to aerobic exercise, most programs should include at least some light weight lifting.

Starting and maintaining an adequate exercise program really is the "magic pill' which will jump start your weight loss program and make it easy to maintain your new weight after you reach your goal.

If you are not exercising on a regular basis, check with your Doctor first, he or she can give you guidance on what types of exercise would be safe for you to start with. Start small, doing just a little is far better that doing nothing.

Almost without fail, those who lose weight without including exercise, take a lot longer to reach their goal, they are also the ones most likely to regain all of the weight they lost and possibly even more.

What are the excuses for not exercising?
Can't afford expensive equipment... there are many exercises that require no equipment.
Can't afford to join health club... there are many exercises that do not require belonging to a health club.
Don't have time...y ou can exercise in small time increments, as little as 5 minutes at a time, 5 or 6 times a day, while not the preferred method, can still be effective.

Possibly the easiest, least expensive and one of the most effective exercise programs is simply walking. Nature gave us all of the equipment we need, all you need to add is a good pair of walking shoes, and the determination to improve your health. You don't have to start with a long walk or a fast walk. If you are not walking now, no matter how much you start with will be more than you were doing. If you are really out of shape, maybe only 5 minutes is all you can do at once, that's okay, do 5 minutes today, 6 minutes the next day and so on.

Here are some easy ways to start walking more, without thinking about it:
Park at the back of the mall parking lot. Park a few blocks away from work, or get off the bus a few stops early.

Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. You should shoot for 20-30 minutes as a minimum and really as long as you have time for. You should try to get up to about a mile in twenty minutes, this will be brisk enough to get you breathing faster and start burning calories. if you can't carry on a conversation, you are walking too fast.

Here are some of the health benefits that a walking program can deliver:
Walking conditions your heart and lungs, helps your body use oxygen efficiently. Helps reduce weight by burning fat and building muscle. Burns almost as many calories as running, but is much lower impact, therefore it is much easier on muscles and joints. Helps relieve stress, contributes to better sleep and overall wellness. Boasts the lowest drop out rate of any form of exercise, you are more likely to stick with it.

If you find that you get bored with walking, make a game out of it... how far is it to the next city or town from you? Keep a mileage log, when you have walked that distance mark it off on a map, by the time you get all of the way across the your country, you will probably have reached your weight loss goal, and be much healthier to boot. Listen to music or the news as you walk. If the weather gets cold where you live you may want to invest in a tread mill.

Recent tests have shown that senior citizens who participate in some type of strength training or weight lifting program, have fewer broken bone, have more flexibility, are in better overall health, and live longer, there must be a message there. If you are starting a weight lifting program or strength training, it is very important that you follow correct form find a coach, or invest in a book or video to show you the proper technique. Shop at Mega Fitness - the Exercise Equipment Superstore! for books and videos. Or for a complete web-based program for women, check out the very popular Denise Austin Fit Forever site.

For extensive information check this site:
ACE Get You Moving The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636, or go to their Web site.

Which is best, aerobic exercise or weight training? Whether you're trying to lose weight, get into shape, or just stay healthy, both types of exercise are important for different reasons. Aerobic, exercise conditions your heart and lungs, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improves your endurance. Weight, or strength, training helps prevent the loss of muscle, and helps build new lean muscle that burns more calories by improving and keeping your metabolism going. Loss of muscle occurs naturally as you grow older. With strength training, you'll stay strong, and maintain good posture.

Tips for maintaining your exercise program:
Try to get in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times a week, and 20 minutes of weight lifting two or three times a week. Set aside a convenient, consistent time. Some people prefer early morning, an added benefit of early morning workouts is they tend to burn more fat calories. Others find that evening works best. Do exercises that you enjoy, walking, swimming, biking, weight lifting, circuit training etc. are all great for your weight loss program. Stick with it... it takes 21 days in a row of doing something, to form a new habit. After you've reached your weight loss goal, keep up the exercise program, this will enable you to easily maintain your weight loss, with the added benefit of a healthier and less stressed you.

 

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The Truth About Dieting and Weight Loss

 

You may not like what I'm about to say, but dieting alone will not help you to lose weight. Watching your diet alone is not going to yield results unless it is coupled with proper exercise. You have to make a conscious effort for this. And the solution for this is a workout routine. Yes there are people that lose weight just from cutting down on their fat intake, carbohydrate intake, protein intake, or calories in general; but have you seen the results under their clothes?

 

It is not a pretty sight! Without exercise (weight training in particular) your body has no way of toning up, and you could be left with near sagging skin with a non attractive shape. Also, losing weight from diets is mostly water weight loss and not fat loss. Do you want to lose water from your body and become dehydrated? Or do you want to lose Fat?

 

The absolute only way to burn a high percentage of body fat is through exercise. The only reason why anyone should choose a diet plan is to see which one can help complement their workout program. The diet plan you choose should be one that you can stick to for the rest of your life, and it should be healthy for your body. Diet is such a short term word, so think of dieting as changing your eating habits for the long term. Your eating habits should provide you with enough protein for your muscles and enough carbohydrates for energy as well as other vital nutrients. Stay away from diets that focus on losing weight quickly... Not only are they unhealthy, but most of the weight you lose is water weight. Once again, do you want to lose water or fat?

 

If you want to lose fat, you most definitely will not be losing it quickly unless you know how to burn fat. Being that you are losing mostly water on these quick weight loss diets, you will soon find out that you will gain the weight back just as quick as you lost it (if not faster). You must eat! If your body thinks you are starving, it will feed on your muscle tissue for energy. It is not enough to just take in enough calories each day for energy, but it is how often you feed your body the calories. In order for your metabolism to function correctly, you must eat at least 5-6 meals per day.

 

Protein and carbohydrates work together within your body; they are team players, not individuals. Think of it like this: Mr. Protein needs to take a taxi to get to the muscles cells to help build and condition them. Mr. Insulin is the taxi and Mr. Protein is not capable of calling a taxi, so Mr. Carbohydrate will always call Mr. Insulin to transport Mr. Protein to the muscles. The muscles cells love Mr. Protein, but they also must have Mr. Carbohydrate for energy. Mr. Carbohydrate is very outgoing and there is a lot of him to go around, but too much of him is bad. On the other hand, not enough of him is also bad. Muscle cells only need enough carbohydrates to fill the glycogen stores. If more carbohydrates are present, it will get stored as fat.

 

Eating protein and carbohydrates will slow down the absorption of carbohydrates which means that your body will have time to burn off the extra carbohydrates before they are stored as fat. So why not just significantly lower your carbohydrate consumption? Because too much protein and very low carbohydrates will cause you to overburden your liver and kidneys; could cause dehydration (most people do not realize that metabolizing protein requires you to drink more water); and your body will not get the right amount of its preferred source of energy-carbohydrates.

 

So you see, eating these two nutrients together allows your body to function like it should. The key is to know how much carbohydrates and protein is the right amount to satisfy your body's needs. Bottom Line when it comes to dieting and weight loss: Losing weight is easy. Losing weight by losing fat the healthy way is more of a challenge. Don't get caught up into just losing weight. Understand that you need to stay healthy at the same time that you are losing weight by losing fat.

 

This article was written by Vernita Sherman of Ultimate Fat Burning Secrets. Ultimate Fat Burning Secrets is an online resource dedicated to exposing fat burning secrets that weight loss companies are keeping from you. Vernita focuses on teaching you the truth about how to permanently lose weight the healthy way. You can get your free copy of The Ultimate Fat Burning Report at http://www.ultimatefatburningplan.com

 

Developing Mental Toughness For Permanent Weight Loss.

 

Losing weight and keeping it off is much more than eating right and exercising hard. In order to lose weight and keep it off, especially in today's stressful society, you must be mentally tough. Every day we are surround with people and food temptations that will try sabotage your effort to lose weight. This is why losing weight is so difficult and depressing. There are so many diets and exercise programs out there; however, none of them will ever work for you not mentally ready to change your life.

 

The total calories of the 5-6 meals should equal the amount of your daily calorie intake. Eating throughout the day, gives your metabolism fuel to keep burning your stored body fat. That said, you should still cut down on your calorie intake to lose weight, but you also must know how many calories per day is right for your body. Stay away from diets that say you must eat protein and carbohydrates separately...


If you have been unable to lose weight, chances are, you were not mentally tough enough. Why believe me?

Because, I am a Doctor and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist?

That is one good reason. But more importantly, I have been there. I struggled with more own weight issues for years. However, in 2002 I personal lost over 60 pounds and I have been able to keep the weight of for over three years now. Tony Robbins said,"If you want to succeed in any aspect of life, find someone who has already succeeded in that area, and do what they did to get there." Here are some mental techniques I used which ultimately helped me to finally lose weight and keep it office. I am confident that is you apply they techniques, you to will succeed in your quest to lose weight.

Write down your goals.
I know you have heard this over and over, and over. But did you every actually do it? If you want to really change your life and lose the weight, this time, write down your goals. In fact, lets take it a litter further. I am sure this is not your first attempt to lose weigh. I am sure you tried some other program or "diet" before and for some reason it did not work. The first thing I want to say is, "good job". Not good job for failing in the past, good job for trying again. This is a little off the subject, and we will get into this more late. However, anyone who has successful lost weight and kept it off failed on some other program. The difference is, they never gave up. So, good job on continuing your quest to lose weight. I know you can do it.

Now back to your goals. I want you to write down why you failed in your past attempts to lose weight. Did you lack time, motivation, direction, what was it?

Now write down all the negative things about your life, which are related to your weight. What will your life be like if you do not lose the weight and keep living the way you are living. Are you missing out truly enjoying life because of your weight?

My kids wanted me to play with them in the pool at their year-end little league pool parties. Do you think I wanted all those parents to see big old gut?

No way! I let my kids down. They did not care that I was fat. They just wanted to play with their dad in the pool. I let my kids down and missed out on enjoying my kids. What about you?

If you keeping living the way you are living, what will you miss out on?

Write down all the bad things that are associated with your weight.

Are you missing out on relationships?

Are you worried about your health?

Are you worried about dying early?

Do you want to see your children get married?

To be perfectly honest, obesity is currently the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, just behind smoking. If you are overweight, you have a very good chance of dying earlier than you should. Write this stuff down. The goal here is to make your self feel bad, real bad.

Do you remember when you were a school kid and the teacher gave you a homework assignment that was due n a week?

How many of you ran home and finished the assignment on the first day?

Ok, a few of you probably did. However, if you were like me, I waited until the last minute to do the assignment. Why?

Why did wait until the last minute?

Because I associated more "pain" with the process of doing the assignment than the "pleasure" I would get from knowing I had finished it. That is, until the night (or morning) before it is due. Now, the assignment is due in a few hours and all I can think about is the "pains" that will come if I do not get it done. I will fail, my parents will get mad at me, I will get grounded and not be able to play with my friends. So what do we do? We do the damn homework, every though it causes us pain.

This might sound a little harsh, but the only reason you have not lost weight is because you associate more "pain" with the process of losing weight than the "pleasure" you will get with losing weight. When you eat that dounut you are thing about how good it pleasures your taste but instead of thinking that you just added another 200 extra calories that you did not need which will cause you to gain more weight, which will make fatter, unattractive, more likely to have a cardiovascular disease, which will cause you to die earlier, missing out on so much. Harsh, but true.

Now write down three month goals, six months goals, and one year goals. Be realistic. Think about losing two pounds a week as a goal. Put these goals somewhere you can read on a daily basis.

Visualize your goals.
Everyday, especially when exercising, visualize the body you want and the person you want to be. Picture the new you in your mind. See your new body. Visualize what that person will be like, how will losing all that weight change your life. How will that person act? Now, be that person. Act as if you had already reached your goals. When a situation comes up that might adversely affect your weight loss program, such as blowing off your exercise routine, or that tempting dounut at work, stop. Visualize the person you're trying to become. Now be that person. What would that person do in this situation, now be that person. "Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact." Come up with a motivation phrase.

This is a continuation of above. In addition to visualizing your goals, come up with a phrase that states what you are striving for, and speak it out loud when doing your exercises. Some of the phrases I used when I was losing my weight were, "Everyday I am getting fitter, healthier, stronger." If you say this over and over, and you are not what you are speaking, your mind will sense a mismatch and then have to adjust to make the connection.

Start the morning moving.
You will more benefit from getting up fifteen minutes earlier and going for a brisk walk or light jog then you would get from sleeping an extra fifteen minutes. When you are doing this visualize you goals, and say your motivational phrase out load. This is a fantastic way to start your day. You will be more awake, more energized, and focused for the rest of the day.

Sign up for an event.
Studies have shown that about 50% of Americans that begin an exercise program eventually quite. However, the study showed that when the subjects had a goal of participating in an event, a 5K run, a triathlon, a charity walk, improved compliance with the exercise program, and only 20% of the subjects dropped out. Having goals help. So, look for an event in your area. A 5K run or a charity walk for breast cancer is great events to train for. Instead of constantly thinking you are exercising just to lose weight, you are training for the event that is a few months away. This is what I did. I signed up for a short triathlon. Since I was not going back out of it after signing up, it motivated me to continue my exercise program. After I completed my first triathlon, I set a new goal. I signed up for another triathlon that was longer. I never got bore and my exercise program never got stale. This was because I always had an event goal. Also, do not think that you have to be in great shape already to participate in the event. As you will see, there are a lot of people simply walking these events. Find a partner, and just do it.

Hire a wellness coach.
You hire a CPA to help you with your taxes. You hire an attorney to help you with legal issues. You hire a real estate agent to help you buy a house. But, what do most people do when they want to lose weight?

They buy a book and try to do it by themselves. I already mentioned that obesity is a killer, and you already know how difficult it is to lose weight, so hire a professional. But what is a professional? Sure you can go down to your local gym and hire a personal trainer, but what makes them a professional?

Just because someone may have played high school football, does not mean they help you with losing weight.

Obesity is a disease, and you need to treat it as a disease. So hire someone who can order blood test, work with you mentally on changing your habits. Hire someone who can develop an exercise and nutrition program specifically to your needs and abilities. A wellness coach will be with you through the good and the bad.

You are the only person you can count on.
What? I tell you to hire a wellness coach, and then I tell you that YOU are the only person you can count on?

 

Hear me out.
I want to exercise, BUT I have no time. I did not want to eat those potato chips, BUT there was nothing else to eat. People who use a lot of "BUTS" usually have a big one.

The weight loss program I run at my office works. When my patients come to my office, I can tell them what types of exercises I want them to do for today's session, and I can review their nutrition and give them ideas on how they can do better. However, when they leave my office it is up to them. What is there to stop them from picking up a hamburger on the way home?

Nothing. Just themselves. This is why you need to not just follow an exercise program, and not just try to follow the latest fad diet out there. You need to focus on changing the bad habits that caused you to gain weight in the first place and replace them with new ones.

Be honest for a minute. You tried a weight loss program in the past and it did not work, right?

Did the program really fail, or did you fail the program?

Lets face it. If you develop diabetes or have a heart attack because you are overweight, who are you going to blame?

Are you going to blame McDonalds, because they did not tell you that a bacon double cheeseburger might not be good for you?

Are you going to blame your trainer, because they did not make you exercise hard enough?

Are you going to blame your parents, because "it is in the genes"?

Obesity runs in our family. At some point you need to take responsibility for your own health.

If you fail to lose weight it is because, more than likely, you did not do what you were suppose to. However, the opposite is also true. At my office I have seen my patients lose twenty, fifty pounds or more. I have seen first hand how this can totally change their life. I have seen their relationships improve. I have seen them gain more self-confidence. I have seen them do better at work and make more money. I have seen them become a much more happy person. And, they thank me for it. Everyday someone thanks me for helping him or her finally lose weight. I am grateful for the thanks. I tell them, I gave you the path and the knowledge on how to exercise and how to understand nutrition, but you are the reason you lost weight. I helped, but you did it. You are the only true person you can count on.

It's all about Attitude
If you have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight for some time, you might need to change your attitude. Take a minute and think back over the past years. How did you approach the weight loss program? Were you reluctant? Were you skeptical? Did you reality think this was the one, the program that would finally work, or did you have doubts and think that you would fail again?

"If you continue to think the way you've always thought, then you will continue to get what you always got".

If you think you will fail you will. If you know you will succeed you will. Charles Swindoll said…
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes".

That says it all. When I was losing weight, I read this daily. When I did not feel like exercising I would read this. When I weighed myself and thought about giving up because I did not lose any weight, I read this. I now give it to all of my patients on their first visit.

Never Give Up.
Never Give Up, Never, Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up, Never Give UP! That's right, the secret key to losing weight is not a new fad diet, it's not a new medication, it's not a gimmick supplements, it is A STATE OF MIND!

Lets face it. You tried to lost weight in the past, and you failed. So what! The key is what do you do now. Do you give up, or do you start again. Anyone and everyone who has successfully lost weight and kept it off had failed in the past. However, the reason they were finally able to lose the weight, was because they never gave up.

I know how hard and frustrating it can be, but never give up. If you have a bad day and eat a bunch fatting junk, so what, forget about it. Just do not give up, never.

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Just start a new day and never give up. If you tried to lose weight, and did not work, try something different. JUST NEVER GIVE UP!

"Have you ever considered the cost of quitting? For real eye opener…ask Thomas Edison...Steve Jobs…Michael Jordan…or Sylvester Stalone. Ask them how much it would have cost them if they had quit. What about you?"

 

Dr. Jeffrey Banas is a Sports Chiropractor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a member of the 2005 Amino Vital Triathlon Team. Dr. Banas personally lost sixty pounds in 2002 and now uses his experience to help others lose weight. He can be contacted at his office in Gilbert, AZ at 480-633-6837, or at his website at www.sportstraining-weightloss.com

 

Don't Be Misled. The Best Attitude and Action for Weight Loss

Weight loss can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Today's media and the marketplace can sometimes make the effort of weight loss even harder. Like it or not most societies in the developed countries are heavily motivated by the media. Television, radio, newspapers, direct mail, and the Internet all contribute heavily to our beliefs, our attitudes and ultimately our actions. So, when it comes to weight loss, how do you determine the right solution for your situation?

Who do you believe and who do you discount?

Are we as a society obsessed with weight loss?

Or, is there truly reason to take notice and lose a few pounds?

While there are some people, especially females during the teenage years, who take weight loss to the extremes, for most of us losing some weight would be the healthy thing to do.

It's no secret that "thin is in", yet turn on the news channel and you'll see where researchers are finding more and more of our youth are obese and more and more adults as well as children are being diagnosed with the chronic disease of Type 2 diabetes, often as a result of obesity. We see hear that thin is better, yet we keep getting bigger and bigger. What's the reason?

The reasons are many. Primarily, our activity levels don't match the amount of food we eat. We are constantly being bombarded with quick food and lots of occasions to eat. For example, some friends invite you over. The chances are slim that there won't be food involved. You go to a sports event. What's on your mind besides the game? Food! Somehow, we have become conditioned to equate food with socializing. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, the amount of food we consume at these parties and events often times are a bad thing. If you are trying to lose weight, whenever you eat, remember; don't eat more than you will be active enough to use! Let's face it! Watching the Super Bowl on television is far less energy focused, than the guys playing in the game. They're usually drinking Gatorade, we're eating everything in site.

Were The Cavemen Fat?
Consider this: Our forefathers were constantly working to simply survive. The men were farming, hunting, and fishing for food. The women were busy preparing, the food, and the clothing as well as raising the children. There was constant activity without an overabundance of food. Our bodies were not designed to be sedentary. Yet, today with technological advances, and the average lifestyles we live, our activity levels have all but disappeared.

Let's explore this a bit further… We get up in the morning, jump in the shower, drive a car or catch the subway or bus to work, grab some food at the fast food place for lunch, come home pop in a frozen dinner, plop down on the sofa, turn on the TV and our day is done. Compare that to the days of old. First off, you had to draw the water for the shower, then you had to fire the stove to stay warm and to cook( the food was hunted and grown by hand). If you left your home for work, walking was a major way of transportation,…Need I say more?

Our bodies haven't evolved to the point to where activity is not necessary. Yet, we are the least active of any society since mankind was placed on this earth. Food must be matched with activity. To lose weight, you must consume less food than the body needs. That's about the only way you'll burn off any fat.

Steps to Losing Weight
Enough preaching about activity. You want to lose weight and have more energy. First, I strongly suggest if you have more than a few pounds to lose, see your physician before you begin any weight loss plan. There are some medications, and diseases that can contribute to weight gain. If you know the facts before you begin you'll be able to better determine the best method for your weight loss.

Secondly, as you think about losing weight, carefully and honestly evaluate your current situation. Is it just a few pounds, say 5 or 10 you want to lose?

Maybe it's 20 to 30?

These amounts usually can safely be lost without the help of health professionals. If you need to lose 50 or more pounds, I strongly suggest you see your physician before you begin any weight loss plan.

Next, you need to evaluate why you've gained the weight. There are many reasons people gain weight. Some eat more than they need as a mental pick-me-up. Some eat because they have nothing else to do. Others don't really overeat, they simply make the wrong choices of what they eat. Then there's those of us who have put on a few pounds each year and now all of a sudden, nothing fits anymore. Whatever the case, you can lose the weight. It will take the right attitude, level of commitment and the right actions. Yes, there are plenty of diets and pills available to help you along the way. They aren't all bad, but do keep in mind that unless permanent lifestyle changes are made, the weight will come back when you stop the diets and the pills.

Diets and Pills
There are almost as many weight loss methods and diet pills available as there are people who want to lose weight. There are diet pills that stop your hunger so you eat less and burn more fat. There are diet pills that cause the body not to metabolize all the food you eat, so it's passed out of your system and not stored as fat. Then there's the combination of these two. As you begin your search for the perfect diet pill, be careful as some can have harmful effects on your body.

Diet Pills work by shifting levels of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control satiety (fullness) and desire for food. Some also slightly increase your metabolic rate - the rate at which your body burns calories.

Examples of weight loss diet pills include:
Diethylpropion hydrochloride (eg. Tenuate) Mazindol (eg. Mazanor, Sanorex) Phendimetrazine tartrate (eg. Bontril) Phentermine hydrochloride (eg. Adipex-P, Ionamin)

All these can be used to help with weight loss. Be careful of pills containing ephedra, or caffeine. These can have negative and sometimes even deadly effects on the body. Use with caution.

Three Steps
Whatever method you choose to help you lose weight, here's three steps that will help. Evaluate your situation and reasons behind the weight gain honestly. Sometimes it's difficult to accept the true facts about why we've gained weight, only by realizing and accepting the truth can you being to deal with it using a positive attitude. Make sure your attitude is positive about the changes you make. Don't dread the changes or say things like I hate not eating the cake…. Instead whenever you have one of those kinds of thoughts think about how much happier you will be with your new slimmer body.

Visualize the positive effects your good actions are having. Get a mental image of the "new you." Whenever you're tempted not to be active or to eat the wrong things, picture the "new you" you will be if you overcome the temptation.

Don't believe the magical ads. You can't keep doing the same things, and expect something different to happen. You can use products to assist you with weight loss, but ultimately you must be in control for the weight to stay off without taking the diet pills.

 

Hilda Maria is a freelance writer with 5 children who knows the importance of a balanced diet for them. She enjoys providing useful knowledge about weight loss and regular exercise to her readers as well as to her children.

 

Learn The Basics Of Weight Loss

 

Have you been surfing the web trying to find a way to lose weight?

Are you looking for the perfect solution to your weight loss desires?

If you have done much surfing, I'm sure you've found thousands of sites offering to provide you with the BEST weight loss solution. Are they all the BEST? Do they all work wonders?

Will you never have to worry about weight loss again?

Before you spend lots of hard earned cash on weight loss pills and potents, and hours and hours trying to find the perfect solution to your needs… Let's examine some basic facts about why we gain weight and why we lose weight. Don't despair, there are some truly good products available to help you lose weight. But, before you go out and start buying diet pills, there's a few basic facts you need to understand.

Usually overeating causes weight gain or being obese, but in rare cases (about 1%) excess weight gain is a symptom of another disease. Three of the most common diseases that can cause weight gain are hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome and depression. Certain medications, notably anti-depressants, steroid medications, certain high blood pressure drugs, and seizure medications can also cause increased body weight. A doctor can determine if any of these conditions are responsible for your weight gain. Weight gain and weight loss has basically three components; 1) nutrition (the food you eat) and 2) Stored energy (the amount of fat in your body) and 3) level of activity (what you do each day). Everything we eat is either a) used for energy b) stored as fat for future needs or 3) eliminated from the body through wastes. Another factor that has a heavy impact on the amount of weight you gain is your metabolism or the rate at which your body processes the food you eat. Not everyone has the same rate of metabolism.

Everyone's metabolism is just a bit different. I'm sure you know people who can eat whatever they want, whenever they want it and yet still don't seem to gain weight. Then there's those who seemingly can just smell food and gain weight. Their rate of metabolism is what makes the difference. The person that can eat anything and still maintain a healthy weight has a higher rate of metabolism, than the person who gains weight easily.

The amount of energy produced by food is measured by calories. A calorie is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure. It's easier to think of in terms of the food you eat being converted to energy. For example, something containing 120 calories has more available energy than something containing only 50 calories does.

There are some instances when diet pills can be helpful. Usually these are indicated in the truly obese person. For the person wanting to lose 5 or 10 pounds, they usually aren't necessary. So you may ask, how does the diet pills work to cause weight loss, while I continue to eat the same amount? In recent years, it seems everyone has the PERFECT answer to help with your weight loss. There are almost as many weight loss methods and diet pills available as there are people who want to lose weight.


The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is to have balance among all three components. This balance is achieved by not taking in more calories than you are using. Calories are used continuously throughout the day, even while you are sleeping. All your cells in your body require energy to function. This energy comes from either the food you eat or the fat cells you have stored. Whenever you're using the energy from the fat cells, you're in the process of losing weight.

Eating a healthy diet and increased activity level is the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off long term. By eating fewer calories, and exercising more, you're using the best combination for stable weight loss. Regular exercise will increase muscle mass. Increased muscle mass requires more energy, and increases your metabolism. By combining these effects with eating less food, your body will burn the stored fat for energy and the weight will come off.

There are some instances when diet pills can be helpful. Usually these are indicated in the truly obese person. For the person wanting to lose 5 or 10 pounds, they usually aren't necessary. So you may ask, how does the diet pills work to cause weight loss, while I continue to eat the same amount?

In recent years, it seems everyone has the PERFECT answer to help with your weight loss. There's almost as many weight loss methods and diet pills available as there are people who want to lose weight.

There are diet pills that stop your hunger so you eat less and burn more fat. There are diet pills that cause the body not to metabolize all the food you eat, so it's passed out of your system and not stored as fat. There's combination of these two. As you begin your search for the perfect diet pill, be careful as some can have harmful effects on your body. Diet Pills work by shifting levels of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control satiety (fullness) and desire for food. Some also slightly increase your metabolic rate - the rate at which your body burns calories.

Examples of weight loss diet pills include: Diethylpropion hydrochloride (eg. Tenuate) Mazindol (eg. Mazanor, Sanorex) Phendimetrazine tartrate (eg. Bontril) Phentermine hydrochloride (eg. Adipex-P, Ionamin)

Phentermine is the most popular diet pill supplement on the market today. Phentermine is the generic name for ADIPEX-P and IONAMIN and it's available in immediate release or time-release formulas. Immediate release pills enter your blood stream as soon as you take them and the opposite time-release capsules release their medication into your body over an extended period of time, around 8 or 12 hours.

What is the difference between Phentermine diet pills and Xenical diet pills? Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and Xenical inhibits fat absorption into the body. Since these two drugs work completely opposite, Phentermine and Xenical diet pills may be used in conjunction with each other for individuals who are seriously obese and are looking for the most effective drug treatment program available.

Always discuss your weight loss options with your doctor before taking any form of supplements or diet pills. Some weight loss pills react with commonly used over-the-counter medications and may have deadly side effects for users with certain health conditions.

 

Hilda Maria is a freelance writer with 5 children who knows the importance of a balanced diet for them. She enjoys providing useful knowledge about weight loss and regular exercise to her readers as well as to her children.

5 Tips For Weight Loss

Are you ready to lose some weight?

Perhaps you're surfing for the magic pill that will vanish your weight away. Maybe you're simply searching for the right information to help you lose and keep the weight off. Whatever the case, here's some surefire tips to help you with your weight loss.

1. Do your homework. As you start your weight loss plan, take the time to carefully evaluate your situation.

What caused the weight gain?

Pregnancy?

Inactivity?

Overeating and binging?

Emotions?

 

There are many triggers in our lives that will cause us to gain weight. Some can be prevented or eliminated, some can't. It's important as you begin your weight loss to understand and come to grips with the cause of your weight. Be honest with yourself. Don't cheat on this one. Obviously, you want to have your weight loss become permanent.

In order to keep off the weight in the future, you may have to make some lifestyle changes to stay slim. Don't give up before you start. There's usually more than one solution to any weight gain reason. Just remain open-minded, and be willing to change to get the results you desire. Don't hesitate to read and learn as much as you can about weight gain. It's really easy to understand, and you may be surprised at what you learn.

2. Avoid Hidden Calories. Here's an over simplified version of weight loss and weight maintenance… if you eat more than your body needs, you gain weight. If you eat less (reduce calories) than your body needs, you lose weight! While it sounds simple enough, just eat less ….Right? Basically that's true. Yet, there are other things that come into play as one is trying to lose weight. One common mistake many people make as they diet is the fact they don't really understand how much is provided by the food they are eating. This is especially true with eating out and eating snack foods and beverages.

A serving as defined by the scientific communities on weight loss and a serving that your local restaurant provides is most often very different. For example, one serving of bread is typically one slice. Yet, the average bun in a fast food restaurant is actually almost three servings. A single serving of French fries is 15 fries. Just take a guess at how many servings are in a "Biggie" French fry container.

Also, don't be fooled into thinking just because a bag of popcorn is small, that it's a single serving. The same thing goes for beverages. The bottle may contain16 oz. Yet, the serving size may be 4 ounces. Pay attention to actually how many servings of food and beverages you are actually consuming. The amount may surprise you.

I'll give you an example, my son-in-law who's 28 was had put on several pounds. His favorite cola is Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew has higher sugar content than most other cola's. He didn't have a clue as to how may calories he was consuming by drinking 3 or 4 24 oz bottles a day. When my daughter told him, he was amazed. He replaced the cola with water and went from a 38" waist to a 34" waist in about two months. Be careful, you may be consuming more than you think.

3. Consider Diet Pills Carefully. Maybe one of your diet buddies has decided to buy diet pills, or maybe you've seen or heard a commercial for diet supplements promising easy fast weight loss. If so, please evaluate CAREFULLY! Even the most natural-sounding diet pills or weight loss supplements can be useless for weight loss, or dangerous, or both. Diet pills are very tempting things if you want to lose weight, especially if you have tried several conventional weight loss plans without success. The side effects and dangers of some diet and weight loss pills can vary enormously because many of these pills contain a cocktail of ingredients and because dosage instructions may be inadequate. Possible side effects include: nervousness, tremor, diarrhea, bulging eyes, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure even heart failure.

There are diet pills that stop your hunger so you eat less and burn more fat. There are diet pills that cause the body not to metabolize all the food you eat, so it's passed out of your system and not stored as fat. There's combination of these two. As you begin your search for the perfect diet pill, be careful as some can have harmful effects on your body. Diet Pills work by shifting levels of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control satiety (fullness) and desire for food. Some also slightly increase your metabolic rate - the rate at which your body burns calories.

Examples of weight loss diet pills include: Diethylpropion hydrochloride (eg. Tenuate) Mazindol (eg. Mazanor, Sanorex) Phendimetrazine tartrate (eg. Bontril) Phentermine hydrochloride (eg. Adipex-P, Ionamin)

4. Monitor/Increase Your Activity - Regardless whether you're taking diet pills or not to help with your weight loss, it's still important to maintain a regular exercise program. This is beneficial not only for your weight loss, but also for your overall health. In many ways we in the developed country have a much more sedentary lifestyle than our bodies need. Obviously it's easier for us than in the era when people had to be very active simply to survive, yet it's not necessarily healthy for us not to be active. Start and maintain some sort of exercise plan no matter what your age. Especially for the middle-aged and older people exercise play a very, very important role in the quality of health and staying within normal weight ranges.

5. Develop a Plan for Maintenance. Even if you're taking diet pills to help with your weight loss it's important to keep in mind, that once you stop the pills, unless you maintain a balance between your activity level and the food you eat the weight will come back. While it may take some time to become accustomed to a change in diet and activity, the rewards are well worth the time and effort spent to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

 

Hilda Maria is a freelance writer with 5 children who knows the importance of a balanced diet for them. She enjoys providing useful knowledge about weight loss and regular exercise to her readers as well as to her children.

 

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