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Proper Weight Management - Isn't This The Same As Weight Loss?

Jan 29, 2008
Proper weight management includes not only focusing on your weight but also keeping in mind other important objectives like BMI, body fat percentage, muscle-to-fat ratio and waist circumference in order to achieve the desired results.

Weight management should be an attempt towards looking fit and optimizing ones health rather than giving importance only to reducing weight.

The only way to achieve these twin goals is by realizing that there are no short cuts or miracle cures. It requires dedicated time and effort on ones part. There are however, nutritional and exercise science aids that one can take advantage of while striving towards these goals.

Along with taking nutritional supplements and appetite suppressants, one should also get adequate age appropriate exercise and have a nutritionally well balanced diet. Certain appetite suppressants that are prescribed by qualified doctors can be helpful in the overall weight management program but the effects are only temporary.

Once you stop taking them, the weight will quickly return unless you follow a strict regime of exercise and a proper nutritious diet.

'Fad Diets' have become quite a rage these days. The latest in this line of diets includes the 'Low carb and High Protein' diet. People who follow this may experience rapid weight loss initially but in the long term there are very few benefits and these diets are quite expensive too.

In some cases these 'Low carb' diets can often lead to muscle loss along with fat reduction. This is because Carbohydrates are the chief source of energy for the body so when there is a shortage of this food group (especially glucose), the body turns to other sources to produce energy.

These low carb diets tend to reduce the amounts of glucose available in the muscles and liver which result in fatigue and the muscles feel less toned. Reduced glucose levels make exercise more difficult and also leads to a lower metabolic rate. This means that the number of calories burnt per hour will be much lower than what is normally burnt if one consumes a well balanced diet instead.

This in the long run is not very effective especially if one wants to lose and maintain their weight.

The key here is for one to be committed towards making certain lifestyle changes. People should make an effort to learn more about nutrition and be careful of the kinds of the food they eat. For example, substituting brown rice for potatoes and fruits for ice cream and candy will help reduce body fat while looking healthy at the same time.

Another important factor that is essential to proper weight management is to follow a regular exercise regime appropriate to ones age but this requires great will power on ones part.

It isn't necessary to become a fitness fanatic but one should do some form of vigorous exercise such as cardiovascular exercises or weight training depending on ones age. Most of the time, people give up too soon because they try to hard initially.This often results in injury and them abandoning any fitness plans.

One should think long term and make changes to their diet and lifestyle gradually. This is the secret to proper weight management and you will find that your general health and appearance will soon improve.
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