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Lose Weight Safe and Fast

If losing weight were easy, obesity would not be the issue that it is today.  However, while it may be challenging, it can most certainly be done.  There are some good ideas out there, as well as some common misconceptions.  So, let’s explore a few weight loss strategies and see what may or may not be effective.

For starters, diets alone DO NOT WORK.  While you know you are on a diet, all your body knows is that it is starving.  As such, your body will lose muscle mass and slow down your metabolism.  While diets can result in weight loss, more than half of that weight loss can come from muscle.  In the end, you end up being less toned with lower energy levels.  To make a diet work, you need to incorporate exercise into your weight loss program as well.  Using weight resistance exercises encourages the body to maintain muscle and instead burn fat.  So, be sure to include exercise along with your diet to ensure you lose the weight from the right places and keep your energy levels up while doing it.

When it comes to your meals, you will most assuredly need to work on what you eat for optimal results.  A few of the most important things to follow regardless of what type of diet you follow:

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Fill up on vegetables to take in less calories overall (veggies tend to be low in calories).
  3. Avoid starchy and sugary foods.
  4. If you eat red meat, do so in moderation. No more than once per week maximum.
  5. Get rid of the junk foods. If you don’t have junk food in your home, it makes it much easier to avoid them.
  6. Don’t skip meals. To keep up your metabolism, you should eat at least three solid meals per day and two snacks between those meals.
  7. Don’t graze in front of the refrigerator. It makes it far more easy to over eat that way.  Be sure to prepare your food in a bowl or plate to track your portions.

When it comes to your meals, it is also a smart idea to keep a food journal.  By writing down everything you eat throughout your day, you become more conscious of what you are putting into your body.  This makes it easier to realize where your downfalls might be so you can work on them.  For example, you might come to find out you are having sweets or fatty foods more often than you know you should.

Also, don’t waste your time with fad or crash diets.  When dieting, you should continue to find ways to eat the food you enjoy, just in moderation.  A diet will typically get you eating foods you typically wouldn’t, which means the diet is temporary along with the weight you will lose.

Another thing to avoid is programs promising any type of weight loss exceeding three pounds per week.  Not only is losing weight that fast unhealthy, but it will most assuredly cause your body to lose more muscle than fat in the process.  Programs like this can range from “detox” programs, liquid diets, water pills, and laxative-type pills.  Weight loss should be about eating better and exercising more.  There is no miracle weight loss program and no easy out.  It took time to put the weight on and it will take time to take it off.  But, by following the aforementioned tips, you can start yourself out right.

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