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Learn How I Lost 20 Pounds and Lose Weight Now

Aug 18, 2007
Weight seems to be a big issue these days with many news articles stating that most of the people in the US are obese, or overweight. Kids these days are also more overweight than kids the same age decades ago. What's my view on the cause of all this, bad diet and no excercise. I know I mentioned that I was able to lose weight without any special diets or extreme workouts but what I did can be just viewed as a normal diet and minimal workout routine.

First, this is how I viewed the human body and food consumption. You take in food and it becomes the nutrition and gives us the energy that we need to function day in and day out. As you go about your day, most of that energy from the food should be used up, if not, it becomes part of your body in the form of fat.

The number one reason why kids these days are overweight has to do with sodas high in sugar, which is basically carbohydrates. Sugar provide tons of energy, and like I said, if it's not all used up, it will become part of your body and increase your weight. This was the first step I took to lose weight and keep it off, I cut down drastically on any soda with a high content of sugar and drank mostly water. If I wanted something with carbonation or flavor, I would pick up some carbonated flavored water, one of which tastes exactly like my favorite welch's grape soda but without any sugar or other additives.

I still ate my favorite foods but just by cutting back on all the sugar in the sodas, I was able to balance the amount of energy I really needed for each day.

The other thing I did was to do just some minor workout at home. I didn't go to the gym or felt that I needed to. I didn't need hour long workouts or heavy lifting to lose any weight. One of the keys to losing weight and keeping it off is to increase your metabolism and doing regular exercises will do just that. The key here is to exercise regularly, not once a week or once a month because that won't do anything at all. I'm talking about exercising maybe four to six times a week and anything from 15 minutes to 30 minutes only each session.

When you exercise, your heart rate increases and there is an optimum rate at which you should be exercising to and by doing this regularly, your metabolism will increase and you'll be burning more fat even when you're not working out. What I did was just jog in place at home in front of the TV. Sometimes I would jog around the rooms or even lift some weights with my dumbbells but mostly, I just jogged in place while watching TV. Now how hard is that to fit into your day?

Also, one of the pitfalls of exercising regularly and not getting results is because you are not drinking enough fluids. You lose a lot of fluids exercising and if your body gets dehydrated, you increase your chances of actually gaining weight. So, drink lots of fluids and I recommend just water and no soda, otherwise you're defeating the purpose.

Basically, that's all I did to lose weight and keep it off. I still drink items that taste great without all those extra additives and sugar, and I didn't have to change my schedule for exercising time.

As an update, the above section was written over a year ago and since then, I have not exercised at all due to my busy schedule. EVen without weekly exercise, I am still able to keep off the weight by following my drinking habits.

By drinking habits, I don't mean alcohol. I mean that I still cut out all soda and drink my favorite carbonated waters that taste just like my favorite sodas without all the extras. I still eat my favorite foods like pizza and so forth.
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