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Don't Just Lose Weight - Keep It Off!!

Nov 11, 2007
There are so many diets available now that it's unreal. Do any of them actually work?

Well - forget the ones that tell you you'll lose 10, 15, 20 pounds in a week or less. Any diet making such a claim is guaranteed to be bad for your health.

You need carbohydrates in your diet. You need fat. You need calories. You need fiber. Eliminate any of these, or drastically cut down on them, and your diet will not be nutritionally sound. That can be bad for your health.

Basically you need to know that approximately 3500 calories = 1 pound. To lose a pound of weight, you need to eliminate or burn off 3500 calories more than you take in. It should be obvious that attempting to lose a lot of weight shortly is going to mean some drastic changes in your diet.

Most experts recommend you try to lose 1/2 to 1 pound a week. That doesn't sound like a lot. But if you lose just 2 pounds a month, you will have lost 24 pounds in a year. The chances are whatever plan you are following to lose that weight slowly is a plan you can stick with and make a part of your daily routine.

If you normally have seconds at a meal, you simply cut out the seconds. If you have 2 hamburgers on buns for supper, have 1. Don't overload your plate the first time either. You can eat anything you want to eat but you have to eat it in smaller portions.

Change your salad dressing to low fat. You would not believe the difference this would make. Change from drinking whole milk and drink 2% or 1% milk. In a week or so, you will not be able to tell the difference in taste and, in fact, you might find when you drink a glass of whole milk after having made the switch for some time, the whole milk may actually have a sour taste to you.

Go for a brisk 30 minute walk 4 times a week. To burn even more calories, either run or just throw in some short periods of runs during your walk.

Do some pushups 2 - 3 times a week. Strength training is important and, in fact, muscle burns fat. Building up your muscles means your body will actually burn calories long after your workout period is over.

These are just a few examples of some of the small changes you can make that can become permanent. Making small changes like this can help you lose a pound a week and you will be at a weight you can live with in no time.

Weight Watchers actually uses a system that is very well thought out. Each food is awarded points. You get so many points a day, which is calculated using your weight and your weight loss goals.

Margarine may be 2 points while butter might be 3. Switching to low fat salad dressing might save you 3 points a day. You record these points. After awhile, you become use to how much you can put on your plate depending on what you are eating that night.

This is important to everyone. Being overweight can cause a lot of health problems. Keep your weight under control. Your body will thank you.
About the Author
Bob Blick has a degree in health and physical fitness. Among several websites he now maintains, one of his most popular is Weight Loss Digest. You will get a lot of good information to help you lose weight and keep it off.
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