Why Weight Loss Should be Slow

Notice how there are so many overweight people waddling down the street wherever you go these days and yet we hear there are so many great diet plans and programs available and they are so easy to work with that there is no need for anyone to be overweight! Yet the truth belies the theory!

So what is going wrong and why are there still so many overweight people and why are the numbers growing instead of shrinking? Let’s take a look and see in this myth-busting article that reveals why it is always best to lose those excess pounds slowly and surely.

Reacting to Being Overweight the Wrong Way

One reason could be that when a lot of people realize they have gone past some invisible line and they have woken up to the fact that they must get slimmer, their first reaction is to find the quickest way of doing it. They grab at crash diets mostly, because way too many people are too lazy to do any exercise and see a diet change as the easy way out.

The problem is that crash diets don’t work long term and come with a bunch of problems to boot. People want to lose weight but they don’t want to wait around for it to happen slowly and naturally.

So they try and starve themselves for a few days and then get on the scales to see they probably lost a lot of pounds all at once. Great! They hop off the scales and go straight to the kitchen to get eating their normal diet once more, happy in the delusion that heir problems have been solved. But they haven’t and within a few days, all the weight they lost will be back, plus an extra pound or two for their trouble.

Understanding Why Fast is Wrong

Why does it happen? It happens because starving yourself simply forces your body to take evasive action and slow down all its processes to counter the sudden loss of nutrition. The metabolism slows right down, since it has a lot less to do all of a sudden since the diet is almost non-existent and the body tries to conserve energy.

It’s often called being in starvation mode and in this mode, the body will burn very little energy to try and conserve what it has left. That’s OK while you are wanting to lose weight, but its tough to keep up going without food for so long. Sooner or later you will want to eat normally again and you will!

Returning to Normal

As soon as you start to eat normally, the body conserves as much of that food as fat as it can, in readiness for another bout of starvation, whether it comes or not. That means your body will be storing fat like its going out of fashion and your metabolism will not go any faster until you have returned to the weight it remembers you being (your body has an instinctive memory for recent events and especially recent body makeup).

This is one of the major problems with losing weight fast.

Yet when you do the opposite and lose that weight slowly with a sensible diet, you avert these problems and allow your metabolism to remain active so that you keep the weight off in the long term. That happens because the body has time to adapt to its new digestive strategy and replace old bad habits with new good ones that will stick for the long term.

This is the best way to lose weight and also the safest and most healthy.

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Exercise for Long Term Weight Control

There is really no getting away from it, it you are really determined to not only lose weight but keep it off in the long term, you are going to have to not just watch what you eat but do some daily exercise as well. Exercise is absolutely the way to go if you want a great looking body that you will be proud of and that stays looking great.

So why do so many people who tell you they want to lose the excess fat they’re carrying around with them every day, then go ahead and just put themselves on a diet that makes them miserable, but refuse to do any exercise?

Stop Looking for the easy Answer

The short answer is that people are searching for the easy way out. They see a diet as a preferable means to the end they desire without having to bust their behinds in a gym or sweat it out running several miles every morning with all the other lunatics who don’t know the meaning of “getting that extra half hour sleep.”

Well, those “lunatics” are actually the sensible ones who know something the “stay in bed” brigade are missing. Exercising daily at a level that forces your heart and breathing rate up, makes your muscles work.

Not only that, but it causes you to sweat rivers and force your body to metabolize at a much faster rate. That means that you will not only attain a great looking body, but that you will be able to maintain it while mot having to eat rabbit food for the rest of your life!

Finding the Perfect Physical Equilibrium

In fact, many people who exercise for maybe an hour or so every day will get to a stage where they have lost all the pounds they wanted to lose. And now they can pretty much eat what they want within reason and not put on an ounce.

Of course, they will still eat healthily because their bodies need the nutrients to stay healthy and to maintain their strength and stamina so they can keep up with the exercises. But they are not going to sweat over indulging in the odd cream cake, pizza or even a chocolate bar every now and again because their metabolisms will easily cope with the extra load.

When the muscles of the body are used to working hard every day, it becomes routine to burn much more of the sugars that enter the bloodstream during the course of the day. Because this is happening, there is no insulin rush to counter spikes in sugar volume because it is used up very quickly in providing energy for the more active muscle tissue.

So if you think that dieting is the easy way to a better body, think again. It may allow you to lose weight in the short term, but as soon as you stop the diet, all that weight is coming back.

And some besides!

But if you exercise too, then you will benefit in many ways. Not least of all being that great looking body will be yours for good, because you worked for it and you get to keep it as long as you keep working for it.

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Understanding How Weight Loss Works

A big part of the process of losing weight that makes it more successful for people who are determined to do it is actually understanding how the weight loss process works. Now, most dieters will tell you that as long as you are consuming fewer calories than your body burns, then you will lose weight.

But that’s not the whole story and if you want some tips that work, then this article will give them to you by describing the whole process and why it works the way it does.

While it is true that you need fewer calories in than out for the process to work, there are better or worse ways of masking that happen. The worse way is to just restrict your calorie intake through what you eat and drink while sitting around waiting for it to happen.

Chances are, you will lose some of those excess pounds to start with but the pace of the fat loss will slow down and you’ll get to a place where your body is once again in equilibrium with the number of calories out and in and the process of weight loss will halt.

To make the process more efficient and indeed, to ensure that it works in the long term while improving the way your body looks, you should really combine a healthy, low calorie diet with a manageable exercise program. Now, that may sound like a lot of hard work to many people who would prefer to watch TV and hope their tiny meals will cause their bodies to do all the work for them, but that just won’t cut the mustard!

Exercise is needed for two especial reasons.

The first is that it causes your muscles to work and the longer and harder they work for, the more energy they will burn. This energy must be provided by your body, if we put it into simple terms, That energy is derived from the calories you consume in your food.

When the immediate supply of calories is used up by your muscles as energy, they still need more and the body provides it by taking from its store of fat. That is how excess body mass is lost.

Sure, without any exercise, your body still needs to use energy just doing its regular things like breathing, digestion, pumping the blood around etc. But it doesn’t need so much to do these things.

And when you restrict the in-flow of calories through a restrictive diet, the body starts to slow down its natural processes in order to compensate for the reduction in energy it can use.

Yes, your body will take some energy from your store of fat. But it will limit that and indeed will actually begin to store more fat because you are placing it into what it believes is starvation mode, where it will do everything it can to store energy in order to keep the most important functions going.

In that state, if prolonged for long enough, the body will begin to reduce muscle tissue to conserve energy. This is disastrous for your health as it weakens the body and makes it even harder to lose weight because there is far less muscle tissue with which to burn energy.

So by actually eating more and exercising regularly, you will not only reduce your body’s mass more efficiently, but ensure your body is constantly burning more energy than you are consuming. That’s because the muscles get stronger and in turn need to use more energy to work.

This is self increasing because by needing more energy to work, the muscles draw more from your fat store until you are actually forced to eat more in order to keep them fueled.

Your body, in this state will look great because all the muscles will be toned and strong, tightening up that flabby belly and arms and legs and anywhere else fat was accumulating and making you look slim and toned overall.

And this, my friends is the result that all dieters are really looking to achieve. It’s just a shame that it is almost impossible to achieve this look through a great diet alone, as some exercise is necessary to get that slim, toned look and to make the body strong so that it keeps the weight off in the long term.

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