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Weight Loss Tips To Losing Weight Safely

Apr 7, 2008
When you want to lose weight most of the time, what you think about first is reducing the amount of food you eat. Though this is a valid way to do it it is not exactly the best solution there is. In fact, it may even be dangerous to one's health, depending on the amount you reduce in your food intake. So how does one lose weight effectively and safely? Here are some weight loss tips one could consider when trying to lose weight.

Avoid of the crash diets. It is now commonly believed that cutting down the calories you consume alone can shed off unwanted and excess body fat. Probably this is because of the great emphasis there is in advertising about low-calorie food products and beverages. What many people do not know is that this could be dangerous. When you decrease your calorie intake way below the required levels, the body begins to digest the fats. This may sounds good but it actually is not. Burning fat requires a lot of energy. And since you are not eating enough calories, there is not much energy in the body to facilitate metabolism of fat. The body then adjusts it metabolism to run at a very slow pace resulting to fatigue, illness and weak immune system.

Further, low-calorie diet is also compensated for by the body by breaking down muscle tissue. People on this type of diet who revert back to their old eating habits obviously end up gaining back some, if not all the weight they have shed off. This would consist mainly of fats. And since fats have more volume per mass than muscle, they end up having the same weight as before but more bulky. At times they end up weighing more than they did when they started the diet. In losing weight, one should keep in mind that they should lose excess body fats only.

The better alternative is to try out eating small meals at more frequent intervals. This way, the body will not think that it is being starved and will not store food as fat.

Eat properly. One may have considered junking the crash diet option but she should also not forget to watch what she is eating. Variety must always be considered so that one may be able to get the necessary nutrients from his diet. This is why many diets that obsess with only one type of food or food group are often a bad idea. It is also healthier to eat foods which are roasted, steamed or broiled rather than fried. Equally important, include a lot of fiber in the diet. Frequent re-hydration is also necessary.

Pump up lean muscle tissue. You may be aware that muscles burn calories when they work; but it is also true that also burn calories at rest. Unlike fats which just lie around, bulge around the pants and dangle beneath the sleeves, muscles burn calories all-day round. With this fact, one can start weight loss by increasing muscle mass using some form of strength training. The more muscles, the less fat will be left. This is attainable starting with working out with resistance exercises. Imagine burning fat efficiently while driving along the freeway or even while watching television.

Engage in aerobics exercises. Aerobics are not only good for the heart by increasing cardio-vascular endurance. Aerobics also help in increasing lean muscle mass (albeit in a very small way) while simultaneously decreasing excess body fat. Aside from these, aerobics make the metabolic process more efficient and increase its rate.

Some people believe that smoking and caffeine can actually help in losing weight. This can perhaps be true; however, they do the body more harm than good because of their side-effects. For that extra "push", one can try out taking food supplements. After all, some of these products out in the market actually do some good to the body, even if its not in terms of losing weight.

However when it comes to taking diet pills, things can get hazy. Some Over-the-Counter diet pills affect the amount of weight one loses as well as how long one keeps that amount of weight off. However, one must be wary of the side-effects of these diet pills. As such, one must faithfully follow the instructions provided for in the packaging. But it is even more prudent to consult the physician anyway before trying out these drugs and supplements. They will help you identify which type would be best for you as an individual.

Losing weight might entail a little adjustment plus some discomforts, but as the old saying goes, "no pain, no gain." On the other hand, it does not have to mean extreme sacrifice and excruciating suffering. It actually means opening up to a more full and healthy life where one may not have to feel bad about himself having to look the way he does; Or not being able to do what he wants to do. Besides fat, what has one got to lose anyway? So go out there and cut some fat.
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