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Fast Weight Loss: It May Be Easier Than You Think!

May 27, 2008
If a weight loss program seems too good to be true - for example, if it offers you incredibly fast weight loss, like a pound a day or more - you have very good reason to be suspicious. No legitimate weight loss program can rightly claim to help you lose incredible amounts of weight at this type of speed safely - it just wouldn't be healthy, and would not normally occur ina a healthy body. However, there do exist natural methods of fast weight loss that may allow you to lose a substantial amount of weight in a short period of time. It's all a matter of balancing how many calories you take in and how many you burn.

If you want to stay at the same weight, you should ingest the same amount of calories as you burn. If you want to lost weight, you will need to burn more than you ingest. If you want your weight loss to be fast, you will need to burn a lot more than you ingest. For this to happen, you have to cut your food intake within reason and increase your exercise and activity levels all at the same time.

There are not secret or special tricks to weight loss, really. You just have to burn more calories than you take in - plain and simple. Programs such as Weight Watchers can help you keep track of what you eat, but so can various books that are on the market today. Then, enrolling for a membership at a gym is your first step to gauging how much you burn while exercising, and improving that figure slowly over time. A lot of gym equipment these days tell you how many calories you have burned while you use it. This is a good first step, though it is, of course, just a rough estimate based on your weight and how much energy you are putting out. A personal trainer though, (available at many gyms, even community center gyms) can also give you information like that but can be much more accurate.

It doesn't stop there, though. Fast weight loss requires you to increase your activity level at every chance you get - walking instead of driving to the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and so on. Then, look at all the ways at decreasing your calorie intake - but don't go under the levels recommended by the board of health, generally 1200 for a woman and 1500 for a man otherwise you will not lose much weight in the long run as your body will think you are starving and will stop burning as many calories each day. Some diets do take you below this calorie level, but at a risk to your health - it's hard to meet your nutritional requirements when eating a very restrictive diet.

In fact, depending on your activity level, you may well need to eat more than that minimum number of calories daily. Pay attention to how hungry you are, and learn to differentiate true hunger from just wanting to eat. A weight loss program should allow you to eat enough food so that you don't feel hungry.
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