Archive for January, 2009


An Introduction on How to Lose Weight

Welcome to this super website that brings you a great deal of information on how to lose weight. It’s just the place you need to come if you’ve tried so many other things and none of them worked.

So what makes this place different from the rest?

Well, here, I’ll tell you how to lose weight naturally, without all the complicated diets and exercise routines or any of the restrictive measures you’ve probably used in the past to try to lose weight quickly or unnaturally and it failed every time.

There is more to losing weight than a generic diet sheet and a work out routine. Here is where you’ll learn why these things don’t work and what really needs to happen for you to easily lose weight fast and safely.

Which Tip for Losing Weight is Most Important?

I’ve had many patients of varying ages come to me throughout my career as a family doctor wanting to know some things about how to reduce their physical size. It’s quite natural to be getting a little concerned that they were getting larger and didn’t want to get overweight.

Well, I told them that the most important weight loss tip of them all is belief in yourself and your ability to achieve whatever you set out to do.

Many patients were a little surprised by that answer, probably because they expected me to tell them that they should give up eating this or that food. Or maybe that they ought to get some exercise of some kind.

But the common theme was that when they went away and thought on it, they realized just how powerful that one tip could actually be. You see, in order to do anything, you first have to want to do it and then you have to believe you can do it, or you will never do it!

So when you make your own decision that you want to lose weight, your next step is in believing you can lose it. Once you have done those two things, then the next part is the easiest, which is doing whatever it is that you have to do in order to do it!

Is it Safe to Try to Shed Weight Fast?

It is fairly common to want to do something that will cause you to lose lots of fat as fast as you possibly can. Plenty of people are searching for ideas on how they can do that all the time.

You may be looking for some tips for rapid weight loss and hoping that you can shift a lot of pounds in a very short space of time. Well I am here to tell you that while you can lose a reasonable amount of that excess in a reasonable amount of time in relative safety, it is not so safe to try and lose a whole load of it in a very short space of time!

The experts tend to agree (as do I) that a regular safe rate is between one and two pounds per week, although that may seem way too slow for some folks. There is a safe upper limit of around five to six pounds per week that many doctors will endorse as long as you are following a verifiable plan that they can and should monitor to ensure you do not cause and damage to your health.

To go above this figure is still possible depending on what your staring weigh-in is. Some people have a huge amount of excess body mass to lose and when that is the case, it is not uncommon for as much as 10 or more pounds to be lost per week in the first few weeks of a diet and exercise program. However, you should always consult your doctor when trying this as you could be putting your health at risk.

The most sensible course of action is to always take things at a steady pace and not to expect great losses at any stage. The ultimate aim of course should be to regain the body size and shape you are designed to have, which is generally slim although not too slim.

The Importance of Finding the Right Exercise to Lose Weight

Of all the many ways of exercising there are for getting fit and losing some weight, it can be a little confusing if you are not sure which is best for you. So if you ever wondered how to find the right exercise to get fit and slim, then this information may be of use to you.

First of all, what you need to do is to understand what your own needs are with regards to your own body and where you need to tone it up or lose areas of loose fat. These are the areas you will need to work most, but you should still take a whole body approach to the process in order to keep everything in balance.

Once you have defined the main areas you are going to target, then you can look at those specific exercises that will do the most good in those areas. An example might be that if you need to firm up flabby thighs and backside, then a stepper machine will give you a good cardio workout while targeting those areas more specifically.

Playing Sports Can Help You

If you are ever at a loss to figure out an enjoyable way of getting the exercise you need, there are some surprisingly obvious ways available to you if you look. It might sound like a bit of a no brainer for many people, but you can learn to love playing sports for achieving the level of activity you need to succeed in your aim to get slim, fit and healthy.

Playing a team or individual sport where a lot of physical activity is called for is the surest way of shedding those excess pounds while enjoying your self along the way. You can choose from any one of a number of enjoyable pursuits such as tennis, badminton, volleyball etc or team sports like soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball etc and all of them will help you lose weight through the additional activity that you will be doing.

Running around for a half hour or so is a sure fire way to burn a lot of calories and it improves your stamina and muscle strength which all goes towards improving your metabolism for long term weight loss and maintaining a healthy body weight and shape for a great figure. There are plenty of ways to lose the excess weight, but playing a fun sport sure beats most of them for its sheer enjoyment value.

All you need to do is look to what it is you need to accomplish, then see which exercises are the best fit and work with them.

What to Aim For?

You should also be aiming for a good balance of subcutaneous fat and muscle mass and low visceral fat in your makeup. This is achieved by of course eating a sensible diet while getting enough daily physical exercise to maintain a healthy balance between the calories you consume and those you burn.

You should also make a point of keeping your blood sugar as steady as possible by not consuming foods or drinks that contain high levels of sugars (that includes corn syrup and its derivatives).

Why Sugar is the Bane of Dieters

When you are on a diet to try and lose some fat, there are a collection of foods that you are not permitted to eat. One of those is sugar and it’s pretty obvious that it’s a definite no-no unless you plan on putting all that fat back on again.

There are quite a lot of reasons why sugar is bad for you and we’re talking about the refined white sugar and alternatives that find its way into the many food products that use it. One of the main problems for people who are trying to lose some weight is that sugars are all empty calories and has the effect of producing a surge of energy when it hits your bloodstream.

You get an instant insulin response to deal with it but what that does is get all that sugar processed into dangerous belly (visceral) fat. So it does you no real good in terms of boosting your energy levels unless you are a trained athlete and are actually working out at a level way above that of most ordinary folks.

The energy rush that you get is followed by an energy drop that can leave many people feeling exhausted and in need of a nap, especially in mid afternoon. All this goes towards dampening your metabolism which most dieters know is the very thing that they need to boost. So stay away from food that contain added sugars and you will be doing yourself and your diet a great favor!

If you can avoid sugary foods (most of the things that any dietitian will tell you are “forbidden”) altogether, then you should be able to eat a surprisingly full diet that has a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats with plenty of dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive system from start to finish.

Common sense is the most important trait you should observe when eating and taking exercise. And make the decision that you are going to look and feel good, then get on and do what you know in your heart you need to do in order to make that happen!

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