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Weight Loss - Look and Feel Better

Jul 1, 2008
The world today is filled with all sorts of diet fads, drinks and get thin quick pills. Every magazine or billboard we see has gone through the airbrush treatment. We start to think that we will never by healthy and happy. So what do we do about it? Every weight loss expert agrees, the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle is with long-term changes in our diet and exercise habits.

Many of us think of losing weight as way of improving how we look. Of course, the real benefit of losing those extra pounds is the fantastic improvement of our overall health. If we lose 7-10% of our body weight, we dramatically reduce the chance of developing health related issues like, heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy complications and certain types of cancer.

Two things determine what we weigh; how much food we consume and how much of that food we burn away by being active. If we are taking in the same amount of food that we are able to burn off during the day, our weight stays the same. If we are eating more food than we can burn off, we slowly gain weight. To lose weight, we want to be burning more calories than we are consuming throughout the day.

One of the most important things for dieters to do, is keep a food diary. This is the most accurate way to understand exactly how much we are eating in a day. An effective food diary, writes down absolutely everything that you eat and drink during the day, including any tastes or samples you had. Whenever possible use the exact portion size for best results. Most people are quite surprised by the outcome.

Your metabolism plays an important role in weight loss. To lose weight you want to increase your metabolic rate. Try to eat at least 4 medium size meals a day and constantly change what you eat. This will trick your metabolism into thinking you are not dieting. The benefit is that your metabolism doesn't slow down and continues to burn food efficiently.

A healthy diet is low in fat, sugar and salt and includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. When deciding on quantities, it helps to think of your plate as being divided into 3 sections. The first section is whole grains and starches, the second section is filled up with fruits and vegetables. The last section is for your lean meats, beans, dairy and foods which are high in fat or sugar.

Your age, health and fitness goals will determine the amount of exercise you need. Most experts agree that people should be striving for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. When you feel comfortable at that level, gradually increase the length and intensity of your activity. You may want to start walking with weights or transition into a light jog. Generally, the more active you are, the healthier you will become.

When looking for a weight loss program to help you lose weight, find one that includes regular physical activity, a balanced diet and is easy to maintain. You may want to join a support group and speak with a registered dietician if you need more help.
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